I have been a member with Single Mothers Outreach! I am greatful for the classes they offer especially one that I learned from FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY.
Also when I was in need of some stuff for my little one they were able to attend to me.
All the staff there are very nice and answer any questions you may have.
I know when I am able to give back it will definitely be to SMO.
Single mothers outreach has helped me any many ways, they have provided me with diapers for my daughter and give toys to my kids and backpack when it was back to school... I have lived in Los Angeles and the valley and never once came across a place like single mothers outreach, i see them as family... One day ihad no money for food and iI called them and right away they told me to come down, they had a gift card to vons was able to buy groceries for my kids.. Thank u single mothers outreach for all that you do for me and my family..
I'm a first time mom single mother to my babyboy Emilio. I was told about this S.M.O and it has been a great help when needed. I wish at the time I could have attended the workshops but due to work I was not able so now that I'm not working right now I'm definitely looking forward to attend.
Thank you all who have attended to me with any questions and support always very kind.
I am a single mother and proud mom of a 11 year old. After divorce I was felling powerless. I was intoxicating my family with my stress and anxiety. SMO provides me with therapies and finance classes. I am a powerful and persistent woman. I am a creator of a more brilliant future. I love myself and I am inspired to help others in need.
One of the most important and precious gifts/jobs in life is the role of being a parent. There's no other "job" that captures and owns your heart within a split second. However, sometimes the everyday craziness we call life unfortunately knows no limits when deciding to throw yet one more bump on our road of life so sometimes that means that bump no matter big or small isn't just a "work" issue that'll pass before you remember it existed. Sometimes that bump even the tiniest ones, when they affect our most prized occupation of being a parent.... Well that's a game changer. Cause as a parent all you can do is pray, and hold on to the faith and hope that somehow you'll find a way or do anything other then give up, to make sure you somehow whatever the situation at least improves if not works itself out. But as strong and brave as we parents try to always be- it's organizations and all the ppl with those hearts of gold that make up these organizations that are by far the real heroes that don't get recognized as much as they should sometimes. They keep the miracle of Christmas alive for kids that shouldn't have a realization of that nature so early, they help kids understand that they're not alone and reassure them that mommy's going to be great and so will they soon enough. They symbolize that hope and faith that gets families through those hard times and in return come out of it better then ever. Single Mother's Outreach are angels in my eyes. Thank you all for being the amazing people you are.
There are lots of organizations that ask for your money and some the fundraise effectively but few that are the "real deal" that have the right focus and follow through and really change lives. Single Mothers Outreach is one of the rare few and I love suporting the life giving work with women and families they do each day.
In 2010, when I first approached SMO, my first thought was that I would not qualify to receive resources offered. After meeting a few times, I learned that it was not about your income or education. It was about being a single mother in need of guidance, encouragement and remaining hopeful for a better life. Since 2010, I have been a member and a volunteer. SMO has been there for me through my ups and downs. Just recently, I was in a bad situation, SMO took time to listen and saw my struggle and came up with a plan to help my family. I could never thank SMO for all they have done for my family and our community. It's an amazing organization that continues to thrive throughout the years.
Single Mother's Outreach is an amazing organization that strives to being there for single mothers and single fathers. I am a member and a volunteer and have truly been blessed by many of the programs offered. SMO does not look at status they look at the need for parents to grow and get inspired to do better for themselves. The opportunities from workshops to family events to adopt a family for the holidays gives everyone hope. At SMO everyone matters.
Financial Peace University, help with obtaining Zonta International scholarship $2,500 toward new career, help with Christmas gifts and ice skating/party :D
Very supportive toward me and my 4 daughters
The ladies here do a wonderful job assisting families get back on their feet.
Single Mothers Outreach of Santa Clarita, CA mission is to empower single parents and their children by providing hope, support and resources to become self-sustaining and thrive. Helping anyone during times of crisis can be challenging. Through therapy and encouraging education so many parents are able to take the steps to thrive. When parents thrive, their children thrive. This organization works hard to be more than a source of support , they truly care for the parents and children.
I have participated in fundraisers for this very important nonprofit. They have amazing results helping single mothers prepare for job hunting, childcare, wardrobe for interviewing, and a multitude of other services. They do make a difference and they honor women who have fought through terrible odds to not only survive but excel.
SMO has helped me with classes in computers, clothing, supplies, workout classes. The personnel is Amazing!!!!! Especially Kimberly and the staff
I have been able to witness great life changing stories that have come true on behalf of this great organization. Their dedication and willingness to help has been able to help many in the SCV community!
Single Mothers Outreach is an incredible organization that I have personally seen change so many lives. So many of these moms have no one to lend a hand to them and SMO is there. SMO provides programs and resources that help these moms and give them hope. Such a great organization, keep doing what you do in changing lives!!!
Single Mothers Outreach is a wonderful organization that empowers single parents and their children by providing programs and services that help single parent families thrive. We also provide resources for basic needs such as housing, food, and clothing. It has been a pleasure to work as a social worker for such a great non-profit for many years. I highly recommend this organization!
Single Mother's Outreach has changed my life drastically. I have received clothes for myself and my children that I otherwise could not afford. I have taken the Dave Ramsey financial class so that I can manage my money and debt leading me to a more self sustainable life. I have received food and even presents for my kids at Christmas. And I feel better about myself knowing that I can still give back to the program even though I don't have money to give. I am able to volunteer by picking up and dropping off donations. I am a better mom and a better person because of the Single Mother's Outreach.
SMO consistently and passionately reaches out to those in need. Community outreach has a far reach with a positive spirit.
Single Mother's Outreach was there for me as I was raising my two sons. I joined this fine organization when my boys were in Elementary and J.H.S respectively. They are now both firmly entrenched in college; one at C.S.U.N. and one at U.C. Davis. I attribute their success in part to "the Village" who helped me take care of them, as a single parent. From providing holiday cheer in the form of gifts for my boys and Mother's day gifts from "my sons" to me, this organization offered support by giving real-life resources and help; educational and financial. Through S.M.O. I got referred to help with rent and moving expenses when we lost our home and auto repairs when I was unable to pay for them myself. They hosted parties and events for my boys and I to participate in and I was given the opportunity to volunteer and give back to other parents.
They offer workshops and places to go to get real help for real problems. DaAnne Smith, the founder and director, is an amazing, loving person who has helped so many. Thank you Single Mother's Outreach!
I have been volunteering for Single Mothers Outreach for about a year and a half. As a former single parent myself I understand the struggles. The programs they provide are instrumental in helping single parents to learn and grow and to change not only their lives but the lives of their children. I'm very proud to be a part of this organization!
Single Mothers Outreach does amazing work to put single parents back on their feet. There aren't helping with handouts but with education, therapy, and community. They are changing lives!
Great organization that really follows the "teach a man to fish" example
Single Mothers Outreach provides invaluable services to mothers going thru life changes, some expected and some unexpected. It provides job training, skills classes, life lessons classes and requires those helped to "pay it forward". Fund are sometimes provided, depending on circumstances, to help with extreme emergency situations for single parents.
Single mothers Outreach was and still is such a blessing for me and my girls . I first came with no place to go and nothing I did not even have a car . I was welcomed with open arms and resources to help me get back on my feet .While I was volunteering at SMO I was told about a job that I interviewed for and am proud to say have been with for 2 years . I also was able find a roommate thru SMO and gained a wonderful friendship . I am doing well with work a place to live and a car but I still know if there is any issues or I need advise I can always contact SMO and they are there for me with the same open arms .. Forever grateful , Denice
The Best organization. Always ready to help in so many ways. We feels to grateful to their interest of and care of helping us, teaching and empowering us to do better and to believed that there is always a better day.
Thank you So much!
Paula and kids
This is such an amazing organization!!! Life as a single parent comes with a lot of challenges. SMO has helped me face almost all of them. I have been blessed many times through them from their Christmas adopt-a-family to their monthly clothing donations to even the job I currently have which I obtained by responding to a job listing they posted. I've taken their FPU course and attend many of their functions like the monthly family dinners. This is a great activity for my family because they always have some type of child care activity which allows me to socialize...something I just don't get to do much of as a working single parent. I certainly recommend this organization to any single parent. :)
I've been a long time resident of the Santa Clarita Valley and run a small financial services business locally. I discovered Single Mothers Outreach through a Facebook post regarding the Financial Peace University classes they offered and researched more about what they provided. I immediately liked how they offered assistance with bare essentials like food, clothing and shelter, but I was more drawn by the fact that they help empower the people they work with by providing many educational programs that will help them become self sustaining and independent. Their philosophy aligns well with my personal beliefs and ultimately I decided to reach out to the organization to offer my professional services to their clients. Gladly, I have been able to help many of their clients get through one of the scariest times of the year, tax season, at a time they may have needed it most! Every member of the organization I have met with or spoken to has been tremendously grateful for my offer and professional. Proud to help this great nonprofit organization.
Single Mother's Outreach is an organization that makes a difference in the lives of so many families. One of the biggest reasons I support them is their determination to provide a hand up, instead of a hand out. Participants need to sign up and show they truly want to help both themselves and their children. SMO provides a number of resources to empower families to make a better life for themselves. Support groups provide a safe environment for women to talk with others and feel good about themselves. Keep up the great work!
As a volunteer for Single Mothers Outreach (SMO), I have seen the difference this organization has made in the lives of our members and their children. Our mission to help single parents and their families to have hope, support, and resources so that they can become self-sustaining and thrive, begins on their first visit to the SMO office. I've seen parents arrive in our office in tears and not sure how to help themselves, but even at their initial appointment, feel relieved to have someone in their corner who can help guide and offer the opportunity for our members to become empowered. After many weeks and months, there has often been a transformation. SMO provides learning opportunities, such as Lynda.com, Financial Peace Univ., childcare, case work, etc. I am honored to be a part of this organization and these parents' lives.
"When you strengthen a family, you strengthen the community;
when you strengthen the community, you strengthen the nation."
I have offered to help on many occassion. I would like to volunteer but the phone just seems to ring and no one answer anymore. I have suggested improvemnts in the past but no one follows up. The true needy people are out there and don't know how to get help from this organization so they go to the church instead. When I leave a message I dont' get a return call most of the time. Chair members seems to be focused more on merits and awards to themselves then helping the needy. True volunteers find reward by helping others and don't really care about attention plaques. Some single parents commented that they didn't feel like welcome so they went to the local churches.
SMO Director 07/31/2015
Many of the issues pointed out in this review have been resolved because we have grown staff. Maria Clemens, MSW was hired to develop case management staff and we are proud to report that in the Fall 2015 we will have five case workers to help parents in crisis, up from two when this review was written. We hired Carolyn Olsen as Volunteer Coordinator so we can better follow up all offers to help us move the mission forward. We also hired Darlene Allen to manage the office an insure that all visitors are greeted warmly and professionally. We are very proud of our board of directors and therefore display their pictures on our wall so our community knows who acts in a fiduciary capacity for the organization. They work very, very hard to advance SMO's capacity to serve single parents in our community.
Review from Guidestar
Hello, not quite sure how to do all this.I am writing in regards of my sister.Our Grandma passed away in may, last July her husband and children's father was killed in a head on collision..Our Uncle passed in August; and then our brother in our arms in our home in Dec.We have no work where we live and our trying to move from Island Park,ID, to somewhere in Montana....If anyone is interested in helping at all it would be most dear to my heart...My name is Starr, and my sister's name is Brittany.She has 2 sons, ages 6 and 2....If anyone can lend a hand to help make a fresh start happen....Thank you...Starr...God bless...
I am just someone seeking help. Don't know if I am at the right place. I don't know who to ask or where to go. I don't have the help of family or friends for they have their own problems. I tried to be creative this morning and made up my own website, to see if anyone can read it and help. I'm not perfect, I am just human who finds her self struggling and drowning. Can't stop crying, and when I talk to someone about my situation I start to cry. My kids are seeing me cry all the time and that is something I swore I won't let them see. I am now determined more than ever to do what I can to get through this. I am attaching my link.. where I shared my story. If you can take a moment to read it. Maybe you can possibly help or even email me some encouraging words. Thank you
At the lowest point in my life, when I felt completely alone in my struggles, a friend told me about SMO. Joining SMO brought an immediate sense of support and caring to my isolated daily life. From the very beginning I was embraced with kindness and shown that hope still exists. Finding a place where I could turn to when times were hard gave me the strength to hold onto the infinite possibilities that are just waiting to be discovered. I have had the privilege of meeting DaAnne in person and I can say with absolute confidence that this organization is genuine in their concern for all single mothers and their needs. I am so very grateful to have found SMO. They were there when I needed someone the most.
I attended the Moms Night Out program which I greatly appreciated. I had a fun time getting to know the other mothers involved in SMO and playing Bunko. As a single mother, I hardly ever get to go out. It was wonderful to have childcare at the Boys and Girls Club because my children had a fun time there. I had a relaxing night out with adults which is something that I rarely get to do because I am a single mother.
As a donor to SMO, and also a single mom, I so encourage this organization to keep up the good work. My daughter is now grown, and I don't have the same stress as single parents raising young children. I wish I had the opportunity to receive the encouragement and guidance that SMO provides.
I just recently joined Single Mothers, but from what other single mothers have told me about their program is the reason I have joined. Last Christmas they provided christmas to one of my friends and her son...Single Mothers made christmas possible for them both...thank you.
It has been a privilige and a pleasure serving on the board of directors for Single Mothers Outreach. This organization empowers single parents to become self sustaining. Watching the work that is done day in and day out in the office is truly awe-inpspiring. Our staff gives of themselves completely to our clients. They believe in making a difference in the lives of our clients.
It still feels like yesterday when I first took courage to call SMO and ask for help! I had been divorced for 3 months and struggling with my two boys. My ex-husband had taken almost everything away from us, including my parents! When I met with DeAnne the first thing I told her was that I wasn’t there looking for financial support, all I needed was GUIDANCE and EMOTIONAL support, with a smile on her face she said, “We’re here for you, even if you needed financial support”… And only God knows how much SMO has helped me. I am a current Financial Peace University student and as a result I am becoming debt free and been able to live on a budget with clear goals for the future. Thanks to SMO and blessed donations my children were able to have a very exciting Christmas last year. I’ve also participated in a project to help single mothers like me begin their own business and/or have some extra income by receiving advice from E-Bay experts. More or less words all I need to say is THANK YOU SMO for giving me the necessary tools to make my life worth living and provide my children with a perfect example of perseverance and optimism. God Bless You.
I first heard of SMO at College of the Canyons. DaAnne was doing a workshop to tell us single mothers about SMO. I join right on the stop have been a member ever since. I've been lucky enough to be part of christmas where we recived gifts for myself and my son. :) SMO also provided us with a great mothers day gift of a day at six flags magic mountain with my son and also provided lunch. This past friday I was able to enjoy a great night out with other single moms and we all enoyed a great dinner along a game and a chance to meet the other mom. The people at SMO are such great people that do sooo many woderful things too help us single mother. THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH...YOU ARE GREAT!!
I met DaAnne Smith when she assumed the day to day leadership of SMO about 3 years ago. Since then we have collaborated on services for our common clients and client unique to each of our organizations. We have collaborated on fund raising ideas and programs and have referred clients to each other.
It seems too difficult to capture in words the impact of this organization. There are endless testimonials of single moms, sometimes the victims of domestic violence, often alone, almost always dis-advantaged. Their heart wrenching stories, and their strength give me pause. My experience is that SMO does more than provide clothing, help moms find shelter for their children and learning for people who want to improve themselves. SMO provides hope. SMO reinforces that there is a better life to be had by these incredible people who want to provide for their families. SMO exemplifies the power of community, how people can work together to make a Mother's Day, a Christmas or simply a utility bill payment. Historically, SMO has had no paid ED, no big budget or fancy offices. Only people working hard for parents. You can't find a more worthy organization to support.
As a single mother that moved to Santa Clarita in 2006, I was and still am amazed at how a God sent, an amazing organization has given to our communty in such big ways. When I had not enough money for Christmas for my son and SMO poured out their giving heart to make sure my son had 3 great Christmas by partnering with churches, retailers, and personal donations, all I could do was be appreciative and have cried alone in my bed for such kindness many times. When it was mothers day every year, SMO had gone beyond my expectation to make us mothers feel sooo good when our children wanted to also see us as mothers happy and celebrate with our children. The best mothers day for me is when SMO treated the mothers to Magic Mountain and fed us. I was so honored and amazed again. SMO has gone out their way for the summer months to put together some events at the park with our families to enjoy the parks musical talents. The resources for educating parents that desire to achieve, and improve their lives from SMO has been excellent experiences for building our self esteem and our determinations. SMO has shared job opportunites for some of the mothers who needed job seeking help. SMO is an organization that is rare, and appreciated. Had it not been for SMO, I would have had more sad days and holidays, but I thank God for SMO who really cares for the moms in the Santa Clarita community.
Single Mother's Outreach is in incredible light in this community. Last Friday, myself and several local college students provided childcare at the Boys & Girls Club while the Moms went to a "Mom's Night Out" even funded by SMO. We had such a blast with those kids! We played all kinds of games, had a pizza party, watched a movie. We had so much fun that the kids were sad to leave at the end. I'm already looking forward to the next event myself! SMO gave those kids and their Moms a fun and stress-free night, which are hard to come by as a single parent. This is just one of many examples of how SMO lends a helping hand to single parents in need.
Yorleni Sapp 05/18/2010
Our parents do not purchase clothing - clothing and toys are given out free of charge. -SMOAdmin
SMO was my angel this last week. I had a job interview scheduled and realized I had no clothes to go into my interview. I called SMO, they were so supportive, Mary met me at the closet and she helped me pick out the perfect outfit, I went into the interview feeling so good. I had the best self confidence, that the recruiter said that I am definitely going to get the job. On top of everything, Mary even called me to see how things went and it was so nice, I am so grateful for SMO. They also helped me with other things that I needed taken care of right away and they listened and helped me out so much, I dont know where I would be right now without them!!! Thank you so much everyone!!
Single Mothers Outreach demonstrates their commitment to the empowerment of single women through finances. I was a proud participate of the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University (FPU) program. Thanks to Single Mothers Outreach (SMO), I was able to participate in this sponsored program, which lowered my enrollment costs, and set me and my daughter up for financial freedom. I was in search of a personal finance class following my divorce which lead to the shortsell of my 4-bedroom home, relocation of my daughter and I into a back room of my parents house and thousands of dollars of credit card debt and lawyer's fees. Thanks to SMO and FPU I was able to establish financial goals, reducing debt, saving money and having a written plan for not only the month but through retirement (which unfortunately is more then 25 years away). Thank you SMO for reducing one of the key factors of stress in this single mother's life -- money!!
Being a single mom myself for some years and personally understanding the struggles associated with it, my heart had been to find a way to help. Upon moving to California, I was quickly introduced to SMO and, with a background in volunteer experience in various non-profit thrift stores,was excited to learn about The Closet and that there was need for help in that capacity. The staff and fellow volunteers were very welcoming and accepting and I felt like I fit right. I knew this was where I was supposed to be!I have felt such a sense of fulfillment working at receiving, sorting, and organizing the donated clothing and baby items provided for the moms and their kids.I have been personally involved in assisting certain women in choosing outfits for special occasions and for job interviews that otherwise would not have been a possibility for them. To say the least,it was fun and they were thrilled!! I look forward to further expansion of The Closet and the long term goal of opening a public thrift store to benefit Single Mother's Outreach.
Just the term single mother has become an anonymous way of life for most, so to have a group such as Single Mothers Outreach is a gift. To be known for who I am and what I am trying to accomplish makes one feel special again. Single Mothers Outreach does this for me and so many others by taking each single mother as an individual and learning what their needs are. Some of us just need the outlet of meeting new friends, some of us need the financial assistance, some of us need the classes provided, some of us need the community connections and no matter what your need they find a way to meet it! What a wonderful way to make a single mother feel special again!!
I have received help on and off from this organization since becoming a single mother in 2003. They have been there for me when I was most in need, with food, clothing, and counseling. I am now graduating with my master's degree and this organization is one of the reasons why.
When I walked out on an abusive relationship I was faced with providing for my 4 children and returning to the workforce after 18 years as a stayat home Mom. In the 8 years I have been part of this organization they have given me hop, knowledge, and even better self esteem to go after what I want and to embrace the strengths I posess as a mother and as a woman. I am working in the entertainment industry and I am the only one in my company without a degree but I am swiftly advancing in the company and have SMO to thank for helping me find myself in the middle of a overwhelming amount of chaos and negativity of a messy and draining divorce. They have had group therapy,seminars and workshops for everything from parenting to financial stability. They have helped me pay for a few bills when I thought things would have been shut off. They have provided fun days for my kids that I never would have been able to afford on my own at the time. Like a day at Magic Mountain with an amazing lunch buffet. SMO is a huge part of the success I am now enjoying in so many levels.
I have been a member of single mothers outreach for about 2 years. I can not describe how much this organization has helped me out from being able to provide a gift for my daughter to open up on Christmas, to taking financial peace university and taking a road towards a better future. There are so many things this organization does for single moms out there who think they are alone or the moms who are too scared to ask for help. I have been in both shoes and i have always been able to receive help not only from DaAnne Smith but also from another great woman Pamela Braly. Im so glad to say that there are organizations out there like these and people like DaAnn and Pamela who are so passionate for their work. Thank You so much.
I have been a member of Single Mothers Outreach for many years. They have offered me a lot of support. Single Mothers Outreach helps me to celebrate hollidays with my children. I have attended seminars and been educated. This organization is awesome.
Single Mothers Outreach is directed by DaAnne Smith who cares so much and works so hard to improve the lives of single parents and their kids. SMO considers the well being of the single parent on different levels, economically and psychologically. Understanding the issues that single parents live with is something the SMO excels in.
I have been a Single Mothers Outreach member since I became a new mom almost 2 years ago.It was endorsed by SCV Pregnancy Center and I started being involved as a student for Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University. It truly made me vigilant on how to spend, save and invest. I decided to delve into SMO further and deeper. I suscribe to their daily newsletter and got a job. I also refer jobs too. It was a wonderful experience being part of it. You learn from moms and help other moms. Also, you also contribute to their lives. I am right now successful in my own right and I give back what is due by promoting through my network site, Jinky Santa Clarita any events, causes aned fund raisers they share with me. Also, I contribute there as a blogger. This organization has been a blessing to me. What a great wonderful journey I have with Deanne Smith, Terri, Andrea ...SMO Team, I am here for you!
As a single mom I recently learned about this amazing organization in my community. I have two kids and feel very alone here. They have given me hope and have made me feel like with their workshops and case management I will be able to finish school and reach financial independence. Single Mothers Outreach sends us emails with articles that are uplifting and give you strength knowing you are not alone. I am so blessed being a part of their organization.