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SingleMomzRock's Founder, Janelle Reed, partners with Central Assembly to co-create Empowered for Life, a pilot program for single moms living in poverty.
Single Momz Rock, a support group for single mothers, and Central Assembly of God in Springfield have teamed up to create a program to help people out of poverty.
"Empowered for Life," the pilot program, will focus on single mothers in poverty and started this week. Organizers hope to expand the services to men and entire families.
Ten local women were chosen to participate in a series of educational classes and are paired with community mentors to help them develop and implement a personalized action plan to lift them out of poverty.
"It puts people in a position that they can better themselves," said Janelle Reed, founder of Single Momz Rock.
Participants will follow lesson plans and textbooks from the Getting Ahead series by Philip E. Devol.
Every week participants will learn about different topics like social classes, causes of poverty, how to build individual and community resources, and create a personal plan to getting out of poverty.
"For example, even just like a small thing for somebody in poverty to be able to communicate with their kids' teachers or principals. That is a big issue for a lot of them," said Anthony Matrone, outreach coordinator at Central Assembly. "They are used to being talked down to. This will give them the confidence to know how to talk."
Central Assembly paid for the textbooks and is providing childcare and dinner for the participants.
The program is modeled after the Circles program in Joplin, which Reed said has proven to be successful. Circles was launched in 2012 and according to UnitedWayMokan.org, the program "creates a framework for people to build intentional relationships across class and race lines with the goal of ending poverty."
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Empowered for Life needs women to serve as mentors — or allies — for the participants. Because the pilot program is focusing on single mothers, Reed said she hopes to find middle or upper class moms who might have struggled with poverty issues in the past. Mentors will touch base with the participants on a weekly basis for at least a year.
"It's not about (the mentors) paying for things or providing for them. It's about helping them provide for themselves," Reed said.
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Sick Day Survival Guide - Janelle Reed
As a single parent, we go through many different seasons during our journey. Some seasons of mountain top highs, others of devastating lows, but mostly of expectantly waiting. I feel these are some of the most challenging times of being a single parent; waiting through the storms.
What exactly are you waiting for? The next paycheck so you can pay rent or maybe you are waiting for the next blind date to work out so you can finally be in a relationship, what about for the kids to be out of the house. Most importantly, are you waiting on God?
If you are anything like me, you tend to get caught up in the waiting period that half of the time you don’t even remember what you are waiting for. During the last four years of my life I have waited a lot, for many different things, and to be honest I am still waiting. I have finally come to the point where I am seeking His will for my life; everything else after that is just a bonus.
When God laid this ministry, SingleMomzRock, on my heart I was in a season of waiting. I realize that certain things have happened so I can give my full attention to building this ministry the way God needs it to be. God has called me to serve in my waiting season. Do I know how long I will be single…no. So I am going to give it all I have.
We all are going to go through many seasons, even many seasons of waiting. But what you do during those seasons of waiting is what God is trying to build; faith and hope in Him. Give thanks to Him even in those devastating lows you will go through and be content right where He has placed you for such a time as this. Psalms 62:5 says “Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.”
God will see you through those waiting seasons. He continues to do so with me. See what happens when you recklessly abandon your plans and follow only His. You never know, they may be far greater than you would have ever imagined for yourself.
This article was featured on The Life of a Single Mom Ministries website on March 2, 2015.
- Our founder, Janelle Reed, was honored to be a part of the 2nd Edition copy of "Overwhelmed: The Life of a Single Mom" by Jennifer Barnes Maggio-The Life of a Single Mom Ministries. If you have yet to read her story, please order this today! It will give you hope when you feel hopeless!