Being a single mom brings many challenges. Without a life partner to share the burdens of everyday life, even raising one child on your own can be difficult. Finding answers and support can make a single mom’s job a lot easier.
In order to better their circumstances, many single moms return to skill. By enhancing their skills and educational background, they can pursue better-paying jobs. Grants and scholarships are available as well as other forms of financial assistance. Fastweb is a good resource for non- academic scholarships available to anyone who meets the various requirements.
For social and moral support, single moms like to turn to other single moms. Who better to understand what they are contending with than other single moms? Churches, schools and other organizations often sponsor such support groups. Single mom support forums can also be found all over the Internet. These groups can provide resources, camaraderie and a social outlet which can help relieve the stress that comes from being a single mom.
From guidance choosing a career to resume preparation, there are many resources for starting or changing careers. Indeed.com, CareerBuilder.com and onster.com offer not only job listing but help with resumes and places to post your resume for potential employers. Many placement services offer placement testing to help you try to select a career field most suited to your experiences, skills and talents.
There are a number of state and local programs that can provide either housing or a housing subsidy for single moms who meet the requirements of the individual programs. Check with your state and local government to find out what is available in your area. In addition, you may be able to get assistance with utility or heating bills, particularly during winter months. Some of the agencies that may be able to help are US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), USDA Rural Development/Housing & Community Facilities Programs (HCFP) and the National Low Income Housing Coalition.
In addition to any of the resources mentioned elsewhere in this article, single moms can also find help from other agencies for things like health, child care and food. Free clinics can provide for some health care and well-baby checkups. Medicaid is a federally funded program that provides healthcare for children. Many of these programs are administered by each state so you will have to do some research in your state.
The Department of Children and Families offers a program called Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program. It provides coupons that can be used to purchase specific grocery items to promote healthy diets. What used to be known as food stamps is now part of Public Aid. Debit-type cards containing a family’s allocated funds can be used to buy only qualifying items.
This is only a partial list of the available resources a single mom can use to help her whether tough times or improve her circumstances. There are numerous websites dedicated to helping single moms. A simple search will reveal dozens of sites.