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Suddenly single

In People on May 1, 2012 at 3:08 pm

By: Maura Sirianni

The majority of individuals who are raising children alone, start out in committed relationships, and never expected to be single parents.  84% of single parents in America, are women.  Andrea Rose was married for 2 years before she suddenly became a single parent.  “At the time, my son was two and a half years old and my daughter was eighteen months.  My husband worked while I stayed at home with our kids.  We were living off of one paycheck when before I knew it, my husband left.  Suddenly, he was gone and I had no income,” Rose says.

45% of mothers were married before they became a single parent

In 2007, a year before Rose’s struggles began, she volunteered her time as a mentor to a single homeless mother, through a program called Bridge of Hope.  As a Bridge of Hope mentor, Rose became a friend and support system for the young mother.

For a year, Rose was a member of the group that mentored the young mother.  Eventually the mentors helped the mom move into an apartment of her own.  “I was mentoring this woman when all of the sudden, events in my own life took a similar turn,” Rose says.

Roles switched as Rose found herself needing the same type of assistance as she was giving.  Rose’s situation is unique to Bridge of Hope.  Typically, a person will sign up to become a mentor after she has gone through the program.

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Single mom, second chance

In Organizations on April 8, 2012 at 5:33 pm

By: Maura Sirianni

The growing shortage of affordable rental housing, along with a simultaneous increase in poverty has left many working Americans homeless; hit hardest is the pink collar working mother.  The typical homeless family today is comprised of a mother in her late twenties with two children.  Too often are single mothers found in situations they cannot control; this is where Bridge of Hope comes in.

Bridge of Hope mentors single mothers and their children from homelessness to wholeness

Bridge of Hope is a National organization that provides homeless and at-risk mothers with permanent housing and financial stability, through employment. Throughout the mother’s journey with Bridge of Hope, local affiliates are able to bring together a professional staff, as well as trained church mentoring groups.  The goal is to empower the mom, introduce her to mentors and life-long friends who will serve as a support system, and ultimately help her achieve the level of self-esteem she needs to get back on her feet.

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Pink Collar Poverty

In Defining The Problem on March 1, 2012 at 1:43 am


Unemployment in America has been at a record high and as of February, 2012, sits at 8.3 percent.  Despite strong labor markets, millions of hard-working, employed Americans are still living in poverty.

Women make up the greatest magnitude of the working poor population in America.  The term “working poor” refers to living at or below the poverty line.  The U.S. Census Bureau established the 2012-2013 poverty line for a family of 4 at $23,050 annually, which translates to an income of $1,921 per month.

92 percent of single parents are women

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