Meet Our Team: Executive Director

"My main passion in life is to show others that no matter what you have or where you live, we all have the responsibility and the ability to help someone else.  This world needs more people that have compassion for others. I have two sons who have grown up without the presence of their father in their lives, and unfortunately that means that I’ve had to be both mom and dad.  Like most women in our group, I did not set out to be a single mom; though rising out of the ashes of the hurt, pain and disappointment of that is something so beautiful and authentic. We want everyone to find their true self; to find what it is that God has created you to do and thrive in that, Believe in that and believe in themselves!”

"My main passion in life is to show others that no matter what you have or where you live, we all have the responsibility and the ability to help someone else.  This world needs more people that have compassion for others. I have two sons who have grown up without the presence of their father in their lives, and unfortunately that means that I’ve had to be both mom and dad.  Like most women in our group, I did not set out to be a single mom; though rising out of the ashes of the hurt, pain and disappointment of that is something so beautiful and authentic. We want everyone to find their true self; to find what it is that God has created you to do and thrive in that, Believe in that and believe in themselves!”

Hello Beautiful People! For the next few weeks I will be introducing everyone to our Leadership Team. These women are important to the success of SingleMomzRock. Please give them a warm welcome.  The fifth on the team to be introduced is Jennifer Campbell, Executive Director of SingleMomzRock. 

Jennifer Campbell originally moved here from a small town in Central Texas around 19 years ago.  Through several different journeys back and forth from Texas to Missouri, she has settled down in Southwest Missouri with her two boys, ages 20 and 13. There have been many different paths in careers that she has had, however her most recent and highly valued career is working in the insurance industry for a local Insurance Broker.  She takes pride in helping her clients find the very best options for their particular employee’s and making sure each and every one of them is being offered the highest level of customer service.

She is currently the Executive Director for SingleMomzRock, and loves to put her organizational skills to use in this ministry.  She has only been a member of SingleMomzRock for roughly 3 years, however brings an invaluable level of expertise with her due to her work background.  Jennifer also runs an organization called Kicks for Kids of the Ozarks, where she provides NEW shoes to kids in need right here in our local area. She has partnered with SingleMomzRock and Rise and Go for the past three years with their annual Back to School Bash and has been able to provide over 330+ children with brand new shoes to start their school year off on the right foot. She is also very involved with her church, North Point Church, and helps her son, Christian, with his endeavors as he ventures into his own philanthropic field of mowing lawns for free for single moms, elderly, disabled and veterans in the community. This idea was created by an organization called Raising Men Lawn Care out of Alabama. The idea is to mow lawns for free those that specific target, all while teaching these young men about helping their community and showing the love of God while they are out there.

Please contact Jennifer at jennifercampbell@singlemomzrock.com

"Forced" New Beginnings

So it's January 2, 2017. You know the saying "New Year, New Me" or "New Year, New Beginnings". Well what if some of those new beginnings that take place aren't even yours? What if they are forced on you? Let me explain and then tell me if you have experienced the same. 

I already know of several life changes coming my way this new year for me. My ex-husband just announced his wedding date to his fiancé. Water is under the bridge with that relationship, but that doesn't mean this won't bring a different perspective to things now. The girls' lives, my life. A new step-mom and step-brother. Also new people to love them and want to be there for them. I've been down this road before; he married after leaving me. So I feel like I am prepared in some odd and strange way. This new beginning isn't even mine, sometimes they come from others, forced as I said. I will embrace it just as I have done once before. I have always said and believed that as long as my girls are well taken care of nothing else really matters, it's just one more person that gets to love them. 

Another life change for me is I will officially have a teenager in my home come March. I have never had a teenager before. She is my first-born. She is a really good girl, kind and compassionate. But I know she'll make some bad decisions. I know there will be a poor choice made here and there. Boys will start coming into the picture and I'm sure she'll want to start spending less time with her family and more time with her friends. This new beginning isn't one that I've chosen, rather I don't have a choice in the matter. I am confident in knowing who we have raised our daughters to be though. I'm looking forward to this new beginning for her to be able to start spreading her wings and becoming the person God made her to be. 

Probably the biggest life change that will happen this year is concerning my employment. I have known for six months that I will be unemployed by the middle of this year. I am grateful that I continue to have my job, others were not as lucky. I will be starting back to school in the coming weeks to finish my Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. I have no clue what I will do when it's time for this next chapter. But I'm not worried. Not even the slightest.  

These are just the ones that I already know about. Life is constantly throwing stuff at us, seeing if we are able to withstand the tide or be swept into the ocean. I can look back at my past; the good, the bad and the ugly, and see it all got me to next step or place that I was meant to be. I know there is a plan set forth, even if I don't know the next move to take yet. So I wait, trust and believe that good things are going to happen in my life. Even through forced new beginnings.

JLR

Every Other Weekend:A Poem For My Daughters

Every other weekend it's always the same

I pack your bags and take you away.

Every other weekend we make the drive

The road is long but we survive.

Every other weekend I hug you a little tighter when I say good bye

Trying my best not to cry.

Every other weekend you look forward to seeing your dad

He is as well...so glad.

Every other weekend I make the trip back home

It's such a long road alone.

Every other weekend I have a lot of time

To sit, think and realize.

Every other weekend I never thought it would be

But things happen that you can't change you see.

Every other weekend I make plans to see and do and go

Because all I do is miss you so.

Every other weekend my heart hurts a little more

For what our life was going to be before...

Every other weekend.

JLR