Our Mission: To point single mothers to Creator-God, the "Source" of all power, strength and true success. To nurture, support, educate, and train them in the art of peer support, and assist them in achieving financial independence and all around excellence in their lives. All around excellence includes connecting to resources according to needs, striving toward sexual purity, integrity and a drug-free and healthy lifestyle.
Our Goal: To assist single mothers in the quest of accomplishing their goals and dreams.
Our Objective: To encourage, empower, promote, and celebrate, the successes of single mothers.
Our Organization's Motto: "Together We Succeed"
Our Organization's Assistance Program's Motto: "Need Does Not Take a Holiday, Why Should We?"
Our Slogan: "In Pursuit of All Around Excellence"
Our Proclamation: "Admire me, stand by me, help me if you will, but don't mess with me, I belong to God!"
At Women as Single Parents Inc., we believe that the Creator of the Universe has the answers to life's difficult phases, and being connected to this Source of power, strength and encouragement the single mother is bound to succeed. In our research, we have found that when such traumatic events occur, women who have a relationship with the Creator of the Universe have a better chance of moving forward in their lives, and maintaining sanity and good mental health. Learning to accept, nurture, and support ones self, and other single mothers, is an important part of reaching out for help, and becoming whole again. Oftentimes, single mothers need re-education--for example, psychological, relational or financial--in order to move forward and become successful in their new marital status of being a single mother. Also, many women do not own a Will which would provide important instructions concerning their children and their property in the event of their death. Will planning will be one of the services made available through our organization. Register with us today!
MAKING A DREAM A REALITY!
In 1990 I started doing research into the plight of mothers who were in abusive relationships. I wondered, when a mother is in an abusive relationship, where does she go and who does she turn to! I began to visit Domestic Violence Shelters to interview the Director of such facilities. I asked the above questions and the one answer that stuck in my mind was, " When the mother is discharged from the shelter usually she goes straight back to the abusive relationship because she is afraid of becoming homeless and penniless!!!" This was a very painful reality to me that I wanted to do something about.
Then five years later, due to health and social challenges I became a single mother! So from 1995 I began to find a way and an avenue through which my single mothers' organization could be established. It would take eight years before Women as Single Parents Organization would be established at the Campus Hill Church on the campus of Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California.
In 2003 we were founded with six members. All original members are still alive, with two already retired. Between four of us we have eight Grandchildren, and three single mothers are now married!
Women as Single Parents Organization became a nonprofit Corporation in 2007 and in 2009 it became a 501c3 with a serious struggle, why? Because we have very unique concepts that didn't quite fit with the government's idea of a nonprofit corporation!!! I told my contact officer that our concept is biblical, that in the book of Matthew, Jesus admonishes us to give to those who ask for help and never to turn anyone away without at least pointing them in the direction of help. Our policy is to help single mothers and their children as well as we can. If we do not have the help they need we either create a program that meets that need or point them in the best possible direction for the help that best meets their needs.
Over the years we have discovered that:
•There are 16 different categories of single mothers!
•Most community help organizations sound good to read about, look good on paper, seem impressive on the Internet, but are a disappointment to deal with! Women as Single Parents Inc. studied this and chose to become the awesome organization that it is today!!!
•It is better to truly BE WHO YOU SAY YOU ARE, GIVE WHAT YOU SAY YOU OFFER AND BE THE BEST HELP IN TOWN!
•IT IS BETTER TO BE UNIQUE AND OFFER WHAT OTHER ORGANIZATIONS DO NOT OFFER. THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MAKES OUR ORGANIZATION UNIQUE AND STAND APART FROM OTHER COMMUNITY HELP ORGANIZATIONS!
From 2007 when we became a nonprofit corporation to 2015 we received approximately
$29, 627.73 in donations.
Over the years donations have been used to paid such things as:
•A plane ticket out of an abusive situation!
•Apartment rental assistance
•Hotel accommodations for temporary stays
•Baby Layettes, prams, strollers, etc.
•School books and supplies
•Gas for vehicles
•Vehicle Payment Services
Some of the programs that have been developed over the years under the WSP Assistance Program are:
•WSP Compassion Network which includes: Compassion Partners, Accommodations Program, New Home Walk Through, Report Writing, Member Progress Report, Moving History Reporting,
•WSP Partner Program which includes partnerships with individuals, churches, businesses and organizations
•Family Budget Program
•Pregnancy Support Services
•Young Adults Program - Young Adult children of single mothers qualify to obtain support up to the age of 35 years of age!!!
•Letters of Reference Writing
•Affordable Housing Links by State
•Child Support Program by State
•Single Father's Partial Support Program, which includes programs for his children
•Career Support & Encouragement
We have purposely kept Women as Single Parents Inc. small and manageable, although you wouldn't think so with all that we have accomplished over the years! The dream of a program specifically for single mothers and their children started off as a thought in my mind, and over the years it blossomed and grew into something that will go down in history as help like no other community organization, no other Social Welfare program known. The Women as Single Parents Program has been the envy of older, more well established and better funded community help organizations, some of which are non-existing today!
WHEN A DREAM BECOMES REALITY it is like giving birth to a helpless human baby! And, like a human baby, dreams need to be allowed to grow up, receive guidance and fanned like the flames of a camp fire. Dreams need room to grow and dreams need support of all types, and from various professionals along the way. Just like human babies, if dreams do not receive the right support and attention, they waver, get sick and die!!!
Love ALWAYS makes things grow, including dreams. A few times, due to health or social challenges I was tempted to give up on Women as Single Parents Inc., but then I would say to myself, "How could I do such a thing?" it just wasn't in me to quit on such a worthwhile project. And so we live on, we move on to brighter and bigger things, because there is joy in helping others to succeed.
WHEN A DREAM BECOMES REALITY LET IT LIVE OR YOU WILL DIE WITH IT!!!