As a SPARC-Hope volunteer and donor, I have seen firsthand the love and care given to single parents in Louisville, KY and the surrounding counties. Assistance specifically for single parents is very hard to come by, especially for single moms. I have personally witnessed the relentless prayer, long hours, dedication and energy given by this small but mighty nonprofit as they go to many lengths to meet the needs necessary to assist their beloved clients. For those single parents fully participating in the Life Plan Program, no need is too small to address if it will alleviate a financial, educational, or food burden for the family. The on-campus Food Pantry has been especially beneficial as it allows single parents in the Life Plan Program to “shop” for food essentials including meat and fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as toiletries, cleaning products, and even gifts for birthdays & other special occasions. The Food Pantry is also accessible to single parents not in the Life Plan Program on a limited quarterly basis. SPARC-Hope also has many wonderful partnerships within the community to provide numerous other resources for their single parents — invaluable for supporting and building clients up. Life Plan Program clients are required to be attending institutes of higher learning and graduates have become lawyers, psychologists, nurses, trades people and more, giving back to SPARC-Hope and to the community. Children of clients are also going into institutes of higher learning! SPARC-Hope is a worthy nonprofit succeeding in making a difference in the lives of single parents and their families and in seeking to impact more. I have been blessed to play a small role in this endeavor! (Photo: Executive Director, Laura Wingfield)Submitted by: (Mrs.)Tari Reynolds
I can't say enough about how much mom's closet changed not only my life but also my children's. Mrs Sheila and all the ladies are truly heaven sent. It was times I felt defeated and didn't think I could make it and would call and talk to Mrs Kim or Mrs Sheila who gave me encouragement to keep going. I don't know what I would have done without them and I am so very grateful God placed them in our lives. Even though it's been years since we were in the program, I still talk about it today like it was yesterday because it was so life changing. I pray God continues to bless Mrs Sheila and this wonderful program. The Page Family
Mom's Closet changed my life. When I discovered Mom's Closet I was just starting work on my dream to go to nursing school. I was at a time in my life when I felt as if it were me against the world. Being the single mother of 2 young children is a very hard situation. Without any support from their father I was finding myself falling further and further in debt. Many of the agencies that offered assistance to single mothers often made me feel as if I were a disgrace to the community because I couldn't afford to raise my children without help. By sheer accident I came across a brochure about Mom's Closet. I decided to see what help they might offer. On the day of my appointment I readied myself for the usual looks of disgust and tried to prepare myself for the shame I thought I would feel after leaving there. To my surprise, Sheila, Kim and the other workers there made me feel like I was in fact someone special. They reminded me that my focus to better my life for the sake of my children would be the driving force behind my success. They showed me that I was a good person and reminded me that it "takes a village to raise a child." I think above everything else, they reminded me that I am a child GOD that deserves happiness. That means more than anything to a person that is close to giving up. After I was accepted into their program, the support didn't stop at the door and was not just from a financial stand point. Many times I called Sheila and Kim just to hear a friendly word and to get the extra offer of encouragement that they always had for me. They helped me keep food in my children's tummies as I struggled through the long days and hours of nursing school. They provided a wonderful Christmas for my children and me and even took time to throw in little special events that gave me opportunities to do things with my kids I could never otherwise have afforded. Throughout my time in this program and even well after graduating nursing school, the ladies and gentleman of Mom's Closet remained a big part of my life. It has been over 4 years now since I graduated. I never hesitate to try and pass on the story of what Mom's Closet has done for me. No other organization could be more loving and GOD centered than the workers at Mom's Closet. These people dedicate their time and their hearts to show single mothers of Kentucky that GOD does indeed have a plan for them and they are not alone. Without them, I may have given up on my dreams of becoming a nurse. But thanks to them and to GOD above, I was able to find strength to push forward and become the nurse and mother that I am today. May GOD bless every person that walks through the door of Mom's Closet and all those who donate their time and money to see that this program continues.
Watching the lives of mothers and kids change is a blessing. One day in an interveiw a boy about 11 years old was asked what would he like to have!! He stated that he would like to have meat to eat. He and his mom had not had meat in about 8 months. Bringing them in to the food pantry for food was like watching a child get a new bike, only it was 4 pounds of ground meat and a package of chicken. He carried the bag of meat out the door as we stood there crying and smiling!
19 years ago I was a single mother with two small boys. I would have loved to have had a resource like Mom's Closet to help me. Women who are going to school, working, and raising children alone are pulled in so many different directions, sometimes they just need encouragement to keep going and realize their dreams of being able to support themselves and their family without assistance. Mom's Closet Resource Center, Inc. does just that. They are a help up to these women, not just a hand out. The director of the program Kim Jacobs, takes the time to get to know each of the women and her children that are in the program. She offers her friendship not just financial help. Sheila Day the president and COO is not just a figure head, she is at the Center daily and works along side Kim and all the other volunteers.
I am proud to be a weekly volunteer and a board member of Mom's Closet. We are continuing to grow and add more women and children to our program, that shows that women are looking to education as a way out of desperate situations, and that through hard work and dedication they can better the lives of their children. Mom's Closet has restored my faith in what can be achieved when people care about each other.
What a blessing Mom's Closet has been to single mom's in our area. On the front of our brochure it says...Changing the future of Kentucky's kids one mom at a time....I have watched over the past seven to eight years the lives that have been changed due to the assistance these moms receive from the center. They are taught about accountability, but with love. They receive assistance where they run short each month, either by assisting with utilities, gasoline, or even just trips to the food pantry. When these mom's become a part of the Life Plan at MCRC, they become part of our family. We help with Thanksgiving, Christmas, back to school. Any of those "extras" that can throw someone off track, and, sometimes it seems like you can't get a break to get back on track. We have seen so many success stories as these women graduate and move on to get good jobs to be able to continue to support their families. And we haven't even begun to talk about the difference it makes in the lives of these kids. To be able to have some of the basics that we take for granted, and to get a little extra every now and then. Simply amazing! Sheila always says...we are not a hand out, we are a hand up!
I have watch women come thur the doors of Mom Closet Center as a women of defeat and after they are in the program at Mom's Closet these women actually become hard working, wonderful women and give back to their communities. If a women is in need they will direct her to an agency where she might find assistance for you speical need.
The food pantry helps women actually feed thier childern. Every mother that I have been in contact at the center is so thankful for the women who run the center on a dailyl bases.