- Posted October 6, 2013 by
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Single Mothers: Building A Foundation And Beating The Odds
I had the pleasure of speaking with Thersea Lewis, founder of Help 4 Single Mothers. Her story has touched hearts and saved lives. Her foundation was created to assist single mothers in need by lending a helping hand, a listening ear, and give advice.
“Being a single mother can be hard without support,” Lewis said.
As I researched this foundation further, I viewed websites, a chat forum through Facebook, and inspirational books to help the single mothers. Ms. Lewis, who was married for sixteen years, went through a divorce herself.
“Being a single mom was new to me. I prayed and asked God to order my steps. I knew I wouldn’t be able to do this alone,” Lewis explained.
Along with the affiliates of the Help 4 Single Mothers, Ms. Lewis recently put together a meet and greet for the women, which turned out to be a great success. Single mothers from local areas were able to come for the support they needed.
When asked about the hardships that came from her experience as a single mother, Lewis replied, “The hardship is being able to balance it all. Most of the fathers are incarcerated, so the women don’t receive child support. Single mothers have to be a chef, nurse, and a chauffeur. It gets tiring.” Lewis also stated that being a single mother has been rewarding, as well as very difficult. “I’m building character in my children and to see them excel in school with me being a single mother is great.”
Ms. Lewis has a great staff that works to keep the foundation afloat. Yolanda Matlock, the Secretary of Help 4 Single Mothers, is a single mother of two beautiful daughters. As well as a minister, she loves researching information. She is the owner of multiple businesses in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Yolanda has also made anointing perfume oil, wigs, and jewelry. She loves helping women create their own style. She also believes in using the talents that God has blessed her with to show women that all things are possible to them who believe.
Eunice Jones, the President of Help 4 Single Mothers, is the mother of four beautiful children. She is a servant of the Lord with a passion for children and loves developing people. She currently resides in Dallas, Texas and has been in Pediatrics for ten years. She also taught a Medical Assistant/Phlebotomy program. She loves writing, singing, and owns a catering company, called "Lady in the Shoe."
I asked Ms. Lewis what she wants to gain from her foundation, to which she replied, “I would like to see single mothers empowered; build a strong community -- make an impact in all children. I want to raise financial resources to single mothers who need help. We have a donation page and will raise money to help support the women. I want women to grow and be strong in their communities.”
Single mothers don’t expect to have to raise their children alone. However, it does happen, and it can be a scary time in one’s life if support isn’t available. With Single 4 Mothers, help is just around the corner.
If you would like to contact Theresa, you may email her at email@example.com.