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
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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!