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Causes: Human Services, Public & Societal Benefit, Single Parent Agencies

Mission: To help single moms transition wisely; raise families bravely; grow spiritually, emotionally and relationally; and share wisdom generously with other women in similar situations. Eve's Daughters is an information- and support-providing agency, coordinating existing resources and providing guidance and knowledge to single moms on a case-by-case basis.

Results: -We've grown from a handful of single moms to nearly 250 on our rolls -We've expanded from (literally) one mom at a community dinner to an average of 35 monthly -We've contributed thousands of dollars in financal support and many thousands more in material goods and services (i.e., home and car repairs, clothing, toys, etc.) -We've connected with myriad local agencies to create reciprocal partnerships, thereby creating a community "safety net" to care for single moms and their children -We've offered several parenting classes and speaker series to provide the tools and support to raise children well

Target demographics: Single moms, ages 25-45, although we serve younger and older populations as well.

Direct beneficiaries per year: We currently have approximately 250 women and roughly 500 children) on our rolls. Not all attend our programs or require financial assistance.

Geographic areas served: The greater Portland (Oregon) metro area, extending to Vancouver, WA; Gresham, OR; Oregon City, OR; and Banks, OR. We regularly field calls from other states interested in finding a group like ours locally.

Programs: -One-on-one meetings to learn womens' stories and specific needs -Group gatherings (free monthly dinners, parenting classes, guest speakers, etc.) to build community and facilitate mom-to-mom support -Emergency funding for basic needs -Vast referral network to connect women to existing local agencies for additional support

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Eve's Daughters through our church. I had gone through a divorce and felt very alone with little support in the area. Eve's Daughters was a place that I could go and not feel like I was going through the journey on my own and could develop a support system with other women going through a similar experience. Although, I started out as a mom attending the monthly dinners and various parenting workshops; I ended up volunteering as well. I wanted to give back in some way. I also volunteer at the annual art fundraiser. It feels so good to help other women going through the tough and challenging transition of divorce and solo parenting. Eve's Daughters is a blessing, and a much needed support system for single moms!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Eve's Daughters is an organization that helps single moms get back on their feet with community, seminars, financial help, and so much more. We are volunteers who make a meal one night a month about four times a year. It is a privilege and a blessing to us to be able to make a meal so these moms can come together and share with one another and to spur one another on. The children also get to interact and make crafts and share with one another. Sharing stories and knowing that one is not alone on this tough journey is refreshing and encouraging and gives one energy to keep going even when life is really hard. We are also donors and we appreciate that Eve's Daughters works hard to use money wisely and efficiently to help mom's in crisis get through and feel like someone cares and they can make it. This is a tough journey to make and Eve's Daughters helps ease the burden in real and practical ways that changes lives. We are honored to be part of this organization and be able to support through volunteering and financial means.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I am a single Mom with two children at home. Raising children and keeping a house together on my own has been difficult, lonely and challenging at times. Eve's Daughters has been a ray of sunshine, giving encouragement, advice, connection to resources and hope. They have blessed my family several times during the Christmas season with gift cards. I would not have been able to do anything for the holiday without this. Recently, as I am waiting for my child support to begin again, I was given a financial gift to help with my rent. Eve's Daughters is comprised of leaders that have been in my shoes and experienced the things and feelings that I am. It is a powerful thing to see that it can be done, single, and it can be done well.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I’ve been part of Eve’s Daughters since September of 2011, and seen then I’ve been able to meet other single moms who are in or in similar situations likes myself. It’s not only been a great place to meet other moms, but it’s also allowed me to have a network when I needed help with a situation. I personally would recommend it to other single moms, of all ages.

Meghan8

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a 25 year old single mom of a toddler; I contacted Eve's Daughters to see how I could help, and find some like minds in the area. I have had regular meetings with Karen Sjoblom, who has been an incredible mentor and friend. They offer financial and legal help, as well as clothing, food and invaluable support in often tough situations.

I recommend Eve's Daughters to any other moms I run into, and attend their dinners as much as I can. They're amazing and have far exceeded any expectations I could have had :)

Kathy47

Donor

Rating: 5

I been involved with Eve's Daughters since these women starting dreaming about a group like this. They are dedicated, experienced single moms who understand what it's all about. They have raised great children and are trying to help make the journey a bit easier for other single moms . Supporting Eve's Daughters is a way to help single moms when you don't know how else to help those women in your circle. Please join me in helping them help others.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to Eve's Daughters from the start and continue to contribute to this wonderful organization. They support single moms and their families emotionally and financially, on a continual basis and/or giving them that one-time "boost" to get over the hurdle to keep going. They have fought to get a breast exam for a mom with a family history of breast cancer who couldn't afford it and could not get other breast cancer charities to help her. They helped with a car repair for a stranded mom. They offer emotional support and respite in the form of monthly get-togethers. I am also impressed that moms who have been helped by Eve's Daughters have returned to help other moms.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I lead a single parent ministry nearby, and am frequently referring our female participants to also become active in Eve's Daughters. The leader, Karen, is a wealth of resource for aiding and encouraging single moms. Those in our ministry who attend their events receive helpful education and are uplifted by being involved. Key concepts learned at Eve's Daughters filter into our group meetings, and thereby help a wider span of single parents in the overall community. Karen also spoke at our group last year and it was so inspiring! This organization genuinely cares for single moms and tends to their real and felt needs on consistent basis. Eve's Daughters fills a gap for a great need in our community! I am convinced that entire families benefit from the care single moms receive here. I will continue to refer single moms with confidence!

Stacy R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This friendly and welcoming group shows an abundance of compassion, wisdom, and determination.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization helped me through one of the toughest times in my life - my husband filed papers. It was a hard transition for me, especially being from India and the cultural implications. I had a 2 year old to consider, had just landed a job but in a very tough economic climate. I attended several of Eve's daughter's dinners sometimes simply to socialize with other women like me. They also helped me find a roommate and provided a lifeline at one of the most difficult transitions in my life. Kudos to all the volunteers and staff - they deserve an award for their kindness and dedication.

Kathi5

Donor

Rating: 5

Eves Daughters brings together gals that are experiencing single parenthood and the challenges they are facing along with others that have already journeyed down the same road. They are building a network of individuals and groups that can be there for these struggling Moms. By sharing and caring for each other, they will suceed in our most important role in life - a Mother.I am a 64 year old Mom that raised a child on my own without the support of this type of network. What a difference Eve's Daughters would have made!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Eve's Daughters are a God send. My unemployment ended very unexpectantly and I needed to have my phone for job searching. Eve's Daughters paid the bill. In the future I will volunteer, even after I obtain a job. Eve's Daughters is "Life-changing" for single mom's. I was told about this organization from a friend and I have been singing Eve's Daughters priases to other people, including my church's pastors. Thank you so much.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It has been truly amazing to see our non-profit really start to grow and thrive. We started with an idea in 2006 and currently serve nearly 250 women. Our hope is to continue to extend our reach to other geographic areas as it seems ours is a unique and appreciated approach to developing community and providing support to single moms and their kids. We've got much work to do, but are thankful to be on our way.

1 Amber N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Eve's Daughters provides a solid foundation for women who need help after divorce or domestic violence. The women who founded and run Eve's Daughters have been through tough situations themselves and through smart work and determination have succeeded in moving forward in their lives. They want to pass along all the knowledge and information they have gained so other women can move forward and navigate the diffulties of life after experiencing trouble or trauma. Eve's Daughters is a pillar of the community because as an organization it takes nothing and gives back everything these women need, with love, kindness, respect, dignity, and care. Eve's Daughters helps make women whole again by providing the resources and connections women need.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Eve's Daughters (ED) is an amazing organization that helps so many single moms! I was fortunate to learn of it when it was first launching and have watched it expand and touch many women in need. I have attended events and recommended it to others. ED hosts monthly dinners with activities and/or education opportunities for moms, and often for the kids too. It's a great way to have a night off from cooking and get social time with women in similar situations. Loneliness and lack of support/community are common struggles for any single parent. I think ED does a great job of addressing those needs, in addition to networking single moms for basic needs like housing, furniture, appliances, etc. They also connect with single moms online through Facebook and blogging. I'm not aware of any other organization in the Portland area that specifically supports single moms in the practical and caring ways that Eve's Daughters does. My only feedback is that I hope word spreads about this organization so that many more women will benefit from it!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interact with Eve's Daughters every month and I have for the past year. My main interactions involve doing crafts with a group of kids while their mom's chat with other mom's over dinner. As a high school student, sometimes the last thing I want to do is volunteer to watch a group of kids in my spare time. But the thing about Eve's Daughters is that the second I get to the meetings, I can feel the support and the good work being done there. While I only play a small role in this by watching the children while the mother's get to talk with each other, I always leave feeling blessed that I got to help them in some way. And the kids are pretty great too. Throughout high school I have participated in a variety of volunteer situations, but I must say Eve's Daughters is something special. The work they are doing is not only good for the moms involved, but the kids are given a creative and social outlet as well. Overall, I only observe a small portion of the good that Eve's Daughters does in my community. These ladies are wonderful and deserve recognition for the time effort that they put in to supporting mothers in need.

Tamara V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

There is no other group or resource like this for single women in the area or perhaps even our state. I came across it one evening by myself as I was searching for single mom resources on the internet. I was searching desperately for something, but I was also very wary of being scammed. I felt like I was trying my best at being a single mom, but it wasn't enough and I just felt like something had to give. At the time I didn't know a single other single-mom. But I came across the Eve's Daughters MeetUp link. And as I read the description I knew that was just what I needed: A place to meet others going through the same things. No cost involved, childcare provided, no need to bring anything- just show up. And I was pleased it happens to be only 15 min away for me. (Although recently we have had women drive out here from Washington to attend.) Eve's Daughters is a wonderful organization. I have been attending their monthly dinners for the past year and a half. It is a very welcoming place. I have made many new friendships, and there is an instant connection since we are all in similiar places in life (being single moms). We all have different experiences and backgrounds, but being a single mom can be very lonely at times, and at times it can seem like we are the only single mom out there. But having a chance to interact with other single moms is a real blessing! I also really appreciate all the volunteers who take the time to make us dinner each month. And my son really enjoys coming too. The kids do crafts/watch a movie in another room which is fun for them, and gives the moms time for more grown-up talk for once which is fun for us. Eve's Daughters has been such an important part of my life since I began coming and I look forward to it every month.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So many of my friends are in the category of those that this nonprofit serves: single moms. Since I've heard and witnessed so many of the stories that my friends have shared, I wanted to be involved to offer encouragement to women in similar circumstances. When contacting the directors of Eve's Daughters (ED), about how to plug in and be of assistance, I received very quick and clear responses. Once the ball started rolling as a volunteer, I was pleased to discover how quickly and graciously the inevitable questions that I had were answered. Appreciation is readily offered, as well. This has motivated me to involve more of my friends in supporting and volunteering to assist ED. They have been as impressed and delighted, as I have been.

Lindsey9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Eve's Daughters has been an incredible ministry to women in an extremely difficult situation. Eves Daughter comes along side and equips and empowers these women by providing community, resources and training. I've had the privilege to work closely with one of the co-founders and leaders of the ministry and I have constantly been impressed with her integrity, generosity, commitment and heart which she invests in this ministry. It has been a life line to many divorced women and as a result it also greatly impacts and benefit their children. It's a great ministry with excellent leadership, vision and passion. I highly recommend and endorse it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Going to my first dinner felt a bit out of my comfort zone - but once I got there an felt welcomed by everyone I knew it was where I needed to be. Eves daughters has allowed me to meet other ladies like myself, who understand what it is that I am going through. It is such a great feeling to be in a room filled with people that don't judge you. They also helped me to get a bag of clothes for my newborn son. If I were to give any feedback it would be to have each women introduce themselves at the dinners and tell the group a little about themselves.