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Motherhood is My Priority

In People on May 1, 2012 at 2:02 pm


Waking up at 7 a.m. for work, Sherri Waters prepares her one year old daughter Cara for daycare. Not always having time to cook breakfast for the both of them she always make sure Cara is well fed. Waters is a single mother raising her daughter alone.

 In 2011, her second year of college she found out she was pregnant. Determining the next step in her pregnancy was crucial if she wanted to remain in school. Waters sought guidance through Bettie Joe Lyons, executive manager of the Boro Women Services.  “If it was not for her I do not know where I would be today,” Waters said. “Lyons does not believe in abortions, she helped me decide to keep my daughter at a time when I was unsure.”

 Receiving no assistance raising her daughter Waters had to put her dreams aside for her baby girl. Deciding to withdrawal from Edinboro University was a consequence of limitations she faced having a child. “I had to make a sacrifice between raising my daughter and keeping a roof over her head or continuing my education which I can always go back,” Waters said. Read the rest of this entry »


Help for the Senseless

In Organizations on April 3, 2012 at 1:32 pm


The Boro Women Services are located at 108 High St in Edinboro, PA.

The Boro Women Services keeps a log of stories for clients. For example, a single mother raising 2 kids with 2 jobs was in a steady relationship. One day the mother came home and discovered that her significant other of a couple years realized the relationship was not what he wanted anymore. The mother was left with responsibilities of raising their children. She woke up in the morning fed the kids, wash their clothes and prepared them for school. She received no funding or help from the father. The mother filed for child support but the process takes a while. Because she faced the challenges of single motherhood she went the Boro Women Services for support.

The Boro Women Services is a safe and confidential environment. The Boro Women Services aspires to be a center where women and men are nurtured and enabled to reach their life affirming goals. The Boro Women Services also encourages women as well as men to set goals for the rest of their lives. In addition, the Boro Women Services mission statement states that the establishment is a collaborative Edinboro/Cambridge Springs area organization which provides free and confidential services to educate and empower individuals in making healthy and informed responsible choices.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Disadvantaged Ones

In Defining The Problem on March 1, 2012 at 2:46 pm


As unemployment decreases for women in the United States so has their wages. According to the 2010 National Women’s Law Center Census Data (NWLC) the poverty rate among women climbed to 14.5 percent in 2010 from 13.9 percent in 2009. This is the highest percentage in 17 years. Over 17 million women lived in poverty in 2010 including more than 7.5 million in extreme poverty with an income below half the federal poverty line.

Family poverty rates from 2009.

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