This form of my Aidpage is provided here for people who would like to access it's original resouces as they were presented .
This is a blog for moms. Right now it has a cool giveaway with TONS of stuff they are giving away that relates to being a mom . Scroll down past the give away to see the cool blog with lots of ideas for moms.
No friends or support groups currently available ? Try these tip sheets !
This is a single moms page that keeps up-to-date and has great information . I have used it for finding new information for my Aidpages.
Here is a way to earn a $5.00 Target gift card . It is pretty easy . You write 10 reviews about things for parents and kids in your town or city, and then you get the gift card !
It is very important to make sure your home is free of lead , that can sometimes be in paint in older homes. Here is some free information to send for , including a coloring book for your children.
Home page of sl or soulight , (my page for single moms)
FOR SINGLE MOMS FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE
TRANSPORTATION HOUSING FOOD MEDICINE LEGAL HELP SHELTERS CHRISTMAS SAVING MONEY
To nourish children and raise them against odds is in any time, any place, more valuable than to fix bolts in cars or design nuclear
TEEN MOMS , YOU ARE WELCOME HERE AND ALSO ON THIS PAGE :
***TEEN MOMS PAGE***
THIS PAGE IS GETTING TOO LARGE , SO I HAVE A SECOND PAGE HERE :
IF YOU ARE HOMELESS , HERE IS A PAGE THAT
WILL ASSIST YOU IN ADDITION TO MY SINGLE
MOM PAGES :
* If there is anybody who would like me to pray for them , please put your
request on my site. I am not a saint , and I am not perfect , and I don't have
any money , but at least I can offer some prayers. they are free *
HERE IS A GREAT TRANSLATION PAGE BY GOOGLE. THE TRANSLATIONS ON MY CURRENT PAGES ARE NOT AS CLEAR AS THEY COULD BE , SO I SUGGEST IF YOU WANT TO TRANSLATE THEM , YOU TRY THIS PAGE.
AQUÍ ESTÁ UNA GRAN PÁGINA DE LA TRADUCCIÓN POR GOOGLE. LAS TRADUCCIONES EN MIS PÁGINAS ACTUALES NO ESTÁN TAN CLARAMENTE COMO PODRÍAN SER, ASÍ QUE SUGIERO SI DESEAS TRADUCIRLAS, TÚ INTENTO ESTA PÁGINA. SOULIGHT
*****GOOGLE LANGUAGE TOOLS*****
Scroll down for tons of information ,
BEFORE ANYTHING IF YOU OR YOUR KIDS ARE BEING ABUSED
GO HERE : WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE IN A CRISIS
Single moms , something we need to remember , as singles , is we need to look our for our own safety as well as our kids. Here is an article with tips on how to be safe.:
I have moved my own story here to dedicate this page totally to helping single moms
Here is a page that alot of us single moms can use daily !
****Make sure you click on further links/resources farther down the page. I think I may have found some links that aren't listed on other pages.
***It is my prayer and hope that single moms in dire need of help can start networking ideas for each other. Please , if you have any links or tips about how to "do" this single mother life , add them to this site under comments and links.
SOME IDEAS FOR SINGLE MOMS
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
To qualify: Be income eligible and meet other guidelines such as available assets, cost of your housing, etc.
To find: Look in your phone book in the government pages. DSS is usually a state agency, which could be listed under Health and Human Services.
WIC (Women, Infants, and Children)
Assistance which may be available: Supplemental food such as milk, cheese, cereal, peanut butter,juice, and infant formula; breastfeeding information and support, nutritional information and counseling.
To qualify: Be income eligible and have a nutritional need, and be either pregnant or up to 6 months postpartum for non-breastfeeding moms, up to 12 months postpartum for breastfeeding moms,also for infants and children under age
How to apply: Call first and make an appointment. Your eligibility will be checked. For a child, height, weight, and iron count may be taken. To help determine nutritional need, you may fill out forms about you and your child's eating habits.
****HOW TO APPLY FOR WIC****
SCHOOL LUNCH (and BREAKFAST) PROGRAMS
A federally-funded nutrition program, school lunch programs provide free or reduced cost lunches for eligible students. To be eligible for free lunches, the student's family income must be at or below 130% of poverty level. To be eligible for reduced price lunches (40 cents per meal), thestudent's family income must be between 130%-185% of poverty level. Depending onthe federal budget, breakfast programs may be available as well. Check with your school for more information on these programs. Try to be sympathetic if your childdoes'nt want this. They may be picked on. But also teach them to be strong and to stick up for themselves instead of starving for the rest of the day
For Child and Adult Care Food Program • Commodity Supplemental Food Program • Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program • Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children • Summer Food Service Program • The Emergency Food Assistance Program , click here :
MORE FOOD PROGRAMS
HERE IS ANOTHER PROGRAM THAT GIVE 50 DOLLARS OF HEALTHY FOODS FOR 25 DOLLARS. YOU CAN USE YOUR EBT CARD (FOODSTAMPS) TO PAY FOR THE FOOD PLUS THERE ARE NO WORK/VOLUNTEER HOUR;SOMETHING MANY SINGLE MOMS DON'T HAVE TIME FOR.
FUEL FUND/HEATING ASSISTANCE
*****HOW TO APPLY FOR HEAT/FUEL HELP *****
PRESCRIPTION DRUG ASSISTANCE
***** RX ASSIST*****
Another medication help program
Here is the Partnership for Prescription Assitance Program :
LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT
*****YMCA . NET*****
***PUBLIC LIBRARIES . COM***
Call them to find out what resources they can offer you. They also tell about other resources if they cant help. United Way is a kind of clearing house that leads to other organizations.
*****PARENTS WITHOUT PARTNERS CHAPTER FIND*****
Breastfeeding support group. Here is part of their purpose :
La Leche League was founded to give information and encouragement, mainly through personal help, to all mothers who want to breastfeed their babies. While complementing the care of the physician and other health care professionals, it recognizes the unique importance of one mother helping another to perceive the needs of her child and to learn the best means of fulfilling those needs.
They fulfill the nursing mothers needs through education , working with doctors and nurses , publications and personal help through mentoring and meeting with each other.
*** Lalecheleague.org ***
Here is a link about how to find a church (Christian) as a place of Worship. It might lead to links of churches who provide help to single moms .
*****HOW TO FIND A PLACE OF WORSHIP*****
CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT AGENCY
This is a handbook that will help. It is for working through the government AND/OR your private attorney.
This is a great site with extensive search tools for housing help :
"HomeSight is an annotated and rated resource guide of housing agencies, projects, policies, designs, and publications available on the Internet. HomeSight is neither a real estate manual nor a directory of available housing units."
***HOME SITE DOT ORG***
I no longer recommend the site above for assistance in housing. It is mainly just a site for detailing housing organizations around the world. In addition , it is very hard to navigate. You can try it if you like , but I am searching for more usable sites to add to my pages. soulight 01/28/08
*****Legal aid links*****
More links to pro bono (free) law help. State by state links:
*****LAW HELP DOT ORG*****
Here is the link to a center that helps defend low income rights. Specifically for low income children and their families. They do not provide lawyers , but will refer you . They act as a research and publication organization for your lawyer , and for you and your family , to access publications , cases, and research links to make your case stronger.
SERVICES THEY DO , AND DON'T PROVIDE :
We do :
act as a resource for private attorneys, legal services programs, social services organizations, community groups, health care professionals, teachers, and others representing poor children or adolescents on a pro bono basis;
NCYL does not:
*****NATIONAL CENTER FOR YOUTH LAW*****
The information is at the bottom of the above linked page.
CONSUMER CREDIT COUNSELING SERVICE
May be able to help with credit problems,set up payment plans with creditors, provide legal services, help with budgeting
YOUR LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL LEGISLATORS
Their offices may be able to direct you to available assistance. Congressmen - Senators - state/local government
*****GOVERNMENT LINKS *****
HELP WITH DENTAL NEEDS
DENTAL HELP PAGE.Medicaid dentist seem to only pull teeth. That is not what most of us are looking for . Here is a link that may help :
For more help and ideas keep scrolling down.
ADVOCATE FOR YOURSELF .
BE A VERY SQUEEKY WHEEL AND DON'T GIVE UP.
BUT BE NICE ABOUT IT.
PEOPLE WILL TURN YOU RIGHT OFF IF YOU START OUT
A TIP FOR SEARCHING FOR HELP , GO LOCAL.
WHEN YOU ARE SEARCHING IN THE PHONE BOOK , OR ON THE NET, OR IN THE LIBRARY , LOOK FOR :
COMMUNITY RESOURCES FOR_____________(TYPE IN YOUR CITY OR TOWN) OR TYPE IN NONPROFIT AGENCIES FOR _____________ OR
TRY LOCAL COMMUNITY RESOURCES IN _________________ FOR _____________________(YOUR PERSONAL NEEDS)
OR IF YOU HAVE ANY DISABILITIES , LIKE I DO, TRY HELP FOR PEOPLE , OR ASSOCIATIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH________________ (TYPE DISABILITY) , (FOR ME IT MIGHT BE DIABETES) IN________________________(TYPE TOWN)
ANY OF THESE IDEAS WOULD HELP IF YOU ASK THE LOCAL LIBRARIAN TO HELP YOU FIND INFORMATION TOO. THE PHONE BOOK MAY HELP IN THE YELLOW PAGES , BUT TALKING IN PERSON TO SOMEONE IS USUALLY BETTER IF YOU CAN.
I USED TO VOLUNTEER AS A RECEPTIONIST IN MY CHURCH , AND WE HAD PEOPLE COME IN DURING THE WEEK TO ASK FOR HELP. USUALLY A MINISTER WAS AVAILABLE ALMOST RIGHT AWAY.YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO BELONG TO OUR CHURCH. ALWAYS GO TO THE CHURCH SECRETARY OR RECEPTIONIST FIRST
BE COURTEOUS AND POLITE.
PEOPLE WHO ARE THIS WAY GET KINDER RECEPTIONS NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO.
MANNERS DO COUNT! HOW OTHERS ACT TOWARDS YOU IS NOT SOMETHING YOU CAN CONTROL, BUT YOU CAN CONTROL HOW YOU ACT TOWARDS OTHERS BE THE BETTER PERSON ALWAYS.
I have come up with the most answers to my needs by doing this. Local churches , community centers (not government run) and even individuals may list themselves under the above definitions.
MORE LINKS TO FOLLOW DIRECTLY BELOW
DOMESTIC ABUSE HOTLINE WEB PAGE
FOR CLOTH DIAPERS
ALL SORTS OF HELP FOR MOMS AND KIDS
CAR OWNERSHIP ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS BY STATE :
HERE IS A FOOD BANK LOCATOR :
FREECYCLE IS A WONDERFUL GROUP OF PEOPLE. I have seen free diapers , free clothes , free formula , baby furniture , strollers ; all kinds of things people are giving away for free! Check it out !also free to join !
Some moms have (very disappointingly) been turned away from churches when they go there for help. Here is one organization that is trying to change that.
The church doorstep is a frequent destination for people in need. But most churches alone cannot fully meet all the needs of every homeless family, single mom, or elderly shut-in who asks them for help.
Families in need receive immediate and long-term help.
The map is clickable , but get your magnifying glass out ! ;)
This one is about how to contact the housing authority in your state.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARE LAID OFF
Here is an article about what to do when you are laid off. It also would help anyone who is newly in need to sort out what to do next.
MORE HOUSING IDEAS
Here is a page where you can get hooked up with another mom and share housing with her. That way you can have your kids in a better neighborhood ,and better schools . The idea is to share expenses so that things are easier for both moms/families.
HOW TO SURVIVE TOUGH TIMES
This link has some good ideas for surviving when you are in a bind.
MEDICAL HELP WITH NO MONEY AND NO INSURANCE
Need to see a Doctor?
This Web site will help you find a clinic that will give you medical care, even if you have no medical insurance or money.
This Web site provides the address and contact information for clinics that offer Primary Medical, Obstetrical and Gynecological, Dental, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Care, Other Types of Medical and Support Services.
Wheels to Work
Some Goodwill Stores sponser the Wheels to Work program. How the program works :
The vehicle is then sold-at a below market value price-to qualified buyers (individuals for whom transportation to-and-from work and financial status combine to create a serious barrier to employment)
Click here to find the Goodwill in your area so that you can find out if your local store has the Wheels to Work program.
MORE TRANSPORTION IDEAS
Here is another possible place to get a car.called
Charity Cars provides refurbished car donation vehicles to a wide variety of individuals and families that are referred by varied social service agencies and employers around the country. Referrals can only be made by social service agencies or companies that are Charity Cars Affiliates.
Please check with your caseworker or employer to see if your organization is a Charity Cars Affiliate member. Your pastor my be able to refer you too.