Financial Assistance For Single Mothers

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Finding financial support information can be hard and finding the money for everything you and your kids need can be even tougher. That’s why governmental branches and private organizations have set up ways to provide single moms with the financial help they need – including free money.

Below is a list of resources that might help. You can also visit our blog which has state assistance programs for single moms and our Single Mom Forums where moms are helping moms.

The 529 Savings Plan – This is a very special type of financial aid. This plan is like a plan from tax advantages that is designed especially to help save money for college. This “qualified tuition” are usually offered by state agencies and some educational institutes. This money is only designed to be used for college or a higher education. Once the account is established, anyone can contribute to the account to add more funds for the college journey. For more information on what a 529 plan is and how you can find out if you are eligible, check out their website.

Grants. Unlike loans, grants do not have to be paid back. They are given to those who need them the most, and often those people have to go through a screening process to determine eligibility. Grants are commonly given to those who want to pursue higher education, though other need based help are available, depending on specific needs and where you are located.

Sunshine Lady Foundation. Established in 1996 by Ms. Doris Buffet, the Sunshine Lady Foundation is dedicated to helping mothers get out of abusive relationships and get back on their feet. The fund provides money for education, offers scholarships, and is dedicated to helping families in crisis. To determine if you qualify, visit www.sunshinelady.org.

Our Families, Our Future. This organization is dedicated to providing a helping hand to those who are trying to get back on their feet. They help train women for positions in the work force that will allow them to make a living wage and take care of their children without help from the government or welfare programs. Find out more at www.ourfamiliesourfuture.org.

The Women’s Opportunity Awards. These are awards given to mothers who are the primary money-earners for their families, and who are furthering their options by going back to school. The cash award recognizes hard work and rewards it with not only the money, but the recognition of a job well done. You can learn more about the awards at www.soroptimist.org.

Institutional Grants. Some colleges and universities will offer grants to those who are already enrolled with them. For instance, if you want to take online classes, a computer is necessary – but for the struggling single mother, this can be an expense that is impossible to meet. Some colleges will provide computers for free, with the understanding that it is “on loan” until you complete your educational requirements – and then you get to keep it.

There are many organizations, both private and public, that are based in your specific area. Start by looking in the phone book for organizations like Helping Hands or the Salvation Army. These are good starting points to help you find further information on financial help for single mothers, including free money for single moms. To find further information on governmental grants, visit the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance at www.cfda.gov. These are great places to go to for information for mothers.

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As a mom to three girls Denise knows the difficulties of being a single parent. Denise has been working to help single moms across the country since 2007. In her free time Denise enjoys camping, riding four wheelers and just spending time with her family. Connect with me on Google+

70 Comments

  1. i am an Indian, i currently pursuing my graduation final year final Semister, i have good academic performance, but my dream is do MS, anyone please help me in financial way or advice me how can i get my dream success.. please help me.. i want to study further, but i’m financially not good, so please i request any one who understood my problem to help me. please help me. i’m requesting u all, please help me, i request helping hands to contact through my mail id hemakumar.karri@gmail.com.

  2. Wooooowww! Im very sorry to hear all of you single mothers storys! I have NOTHING TO BE COMPLAINING FOR! Im a 17 year old single mother of a 11month old boy(DONT JUDGE ME, YOU DONT KNOW MY STORY HONEY), and i have no job, no income, Nothing! Im not even in school anymore.. It was just to hard for me because I didnt have much help in the beginning of my son being born. Im on my way back thought hopefully this month! But I thought I was in a bad predicament, I didnt have a clue. I always ask why cant I find a job, why cant I be able to take care of my son without having to depend on others. I cry myself to sleep because I want a job so bad so that I can just take care of my son who I love with all my heart!! I have nothing to offer that baby right now… I want so muchhh for him. So Im determined not to EVER give up On my Son. I pray for you guys before myself. You guys need it more than me. And I dont mean it in a cocky or rude way, just sympathy. For any single mother IT IS HARD TO RAISE A CHILD! ESPECIALLY IN OUR CASES, WE HAVE NO MONEY! But We all want the same for our children, Happiness and the best life we can give to them! God bless You Guys and have the best year of Yours Lives and Happy 2012!

    -From a single mother herself.

  3. I am a mother trying to seperate from my Husband due to many reasons, I have found it to be in the best intrest of myself and my 15mos old son. I have no job, no car, no money, and no where to go. I am in desperate need of assistance. I have no available family member to help. I’m so stressed out and worried. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I definitely want to return to school and seek child care assistance. Just not sure what all is available to me. Thank you.

  4. I am a single mother of a 2yr old, not receiving any kind of assistance, I have no job, no child care . .and no way to pay for child care once i have a job. been jumping from one place to another tryin to get stable, waiting on my partner to get our place to live but until then i have been couch hopping, hotels, and an occasional shelter. when we do get settled i plan on goin back to school but even with finacial aid there leaves a lot to be desired . im not sure exactly wat to do but i have heard that since i am a single mother i can get a grant. I was led to you site by a freind but im still a little lost. can you point me in the right direction? thank you so much!

  5. I really need any help or advise! Please. Im 23 years old and in an abusive relationship with my boyfriend of 4 years and the father to my 5 month old daughter. I work full time as a medical secretary but its still not enough to support me and my daughter. I need help in finding a way to get him out of our lives without loosing my daughter. Please help! I am ready to take care of her by myself, but i need emotinal and financial help. thank you

  6. cant thank everyone enough that they would help me a stranger.thanks.its the worse feeling in the world knowing you have a baby coming and you dont have anything for it.please help me if you have unwanted or things your baby has outgrown.word cant say how my i need these things just 1 bottlecould help. thanks again robin maret

  7. Hi! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I genuinely enjoy reading your blog posts. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that cover the same subjects? Thank you so much!

  8. I am currently 3 months pregnant and I have student loans that I have not paid and I can not pay. I have not found a job in my career and am currently working at a grocery store. Is there any financial help I can get to help me pay these student loans?

  9. To all those people who are very blessed and has a good heart,i am calling you right now.i need some help,this is not for fun please.i like to have a store bussiness that sells rice,eggs,driedfish,spices,canned foods,noodles,coffee,milk,sugar,biscuits,chocolates/candies,breads,soaps,shampoos,toothpaste,softdrinks and beers,ciggarettes and some medicines and school supplies.PLEASE HAVE MERCY,help me raise funds.this is for my child,im a single parent.i love to workhard and earn.

  10. first of all, know this…abusive people do not change…ever. They may learn to get better at hiding what they do, but they never change. Real change requires that a person is in a position of immense pain…enough so that they are motivated to change. Abusive people do not feel enough pain to change. They feel fine most of the time because they deal with any problem that life throws at them by causing others pain. Also, this behavior has been learned over a long period of time, they have identified with an abuser, and they have internalized this behavior. Men who are abusive look for timid women who have been raised to either be obedient and unquestioning or who do not have enough self esteem, possibly due to an abusive childhood, neglect, etc. In order to change, one has to have the intelligence,which also walks hand in hand with sensitivity,the courage, and the hard work involved to confront their own demons. It just will not happen. Anytime you think of going back to an abusive man, remember or think about the horrors that prisoners of war go through. Ask youself why you would ever go willingly,with, your children to such a place. Also, look around you at good men in your town. Find good role models for your son through coaches, teachers, scout leaders, etc. Limit or remove your children’s exposure to abusive males. Don’t be blind either…even men who look like good coaches could be otherwise at times. Don’t be paranoid, but just know who your children are with and what is going on. Sorry to say that there are no prince charmings who will completely rescue you. Focus on your education as many of you are…get into a field where there are jobs. Make use of resources in your state. Take time to make yourself strong. Faith and religion is good, nut not if it doesn’t support you as a whole person or human being…remember that some religions ask women to make most of the sacrfices and compromises. Get away from these religions. Know this, so many men are not willing to of won’t, don’t have to, stand up and do their part today that you must be willing to be able to support yourself and your children on your own. If love comes into your life, good. But never give up yourself or your independence for love. Stay true to yourself. You are stronger than you know. You will make it..many strong women before you have.

  11. Lisa, you can have internet access WITHOUT having cable. Most phone services offer internet access and add it to your phone bill. I have a land line with computer internet service for $50.00 a month. I am not sure but I think this would be a savings to you.

  12. Hi my name is Rachel im 27yrs old and a single mother to a wonderful 7yr old little girl named Adriana. I was married to a very abusive man..it started after we got married started verbally and then got really physical he would punch me kick me shove me and even bite me even on my face. He had even beat me up once for winning a video game against him. He had tried to throw me over a 3 story balcony many times trying to kill me. He was in the military so I had moved out of Michigan to Texas where I had no family or friends and wasn’t allowed to leave the house. And he would laugh at me that I had noone in Texas and nowhere to go Finally I had grabbed his phone during one of his crazy attacks and called his Sargent soon about 8 soldiers came to my apartment and held him which was my opportunity to escape..i didn’t have a license but didn’t care..i packed the car and drove back to Michigan from Texas with my daughter to safety..the military had promised to give me funds to get back on my feet but nomatter what I did they ignored me..he did get kicked out for it but gave him an honorable discharge and money and medical while I was left high and dry..since then I have been trying to get back on my feet..because of him ruining my credit I had to get a dump of a house paying $700 a month because they didn’t do a credit check and it was in a good area i had gotten behind on my rent and am now paying $1000 a month to keep a roof over my daughters head i cannot get ahead..my daughter loves her school and I promised her I would keep her there no matter what..she has been through so much and needs stability i found an amazing house for sale litterly 4 houses down from mine for sale for only $30000 but because I make tips and my credit is bad and i dont receive the child support im suppose to..i dont know why my ex keeps getting away without paying..i can not get a mortgage or even a private loan..if we got this house my bills would be cut more then In half..i would be paying under $400 a month for our own home and me and my daughter would be ok..i dont know what else to do..please help if u can..ive been up late for days looking for options..please help if you can im usually so strong but right now im desperate..thank you for your time…rachel

  13. it makes it so hard to find help also because I live in Michigan in the metro Detroit area and the state is BROKE!..what makes me even more mad is I walk 2 miles in the cold to get to DHS (department of human resources) and I look around and see brand new cars in the parking lot..women with coach purses..there hair and nails all done..them and there kids in all name brand clothes..basically taking the help that they don’t need then I’ve been told from DHS that they don’t have enough funds to help me keep my gass on! I’m the type of person who uses the help as a steppingstone and cancel it the minute I don’t need it anymore..so that funds are available for the people who actually need it… my next door neighbor who I grew up with has 3 kids by the same loser..but she purposely did not have him sign there birth certificates so she can say she doesn’t know who the dad is..she receives almost $700 a month in food stamps and tons of other help..besides that her parents make great money and pay all her bills..even cover dinner EVERY night!!..and yes even drives a nice car!..kids are spoiled rotten 6 yr old even has an ipad..and her kids come over to play with my daughter and within 5min are asking me to feed them and brag to my daughter about there big screen TV and brand new toys.. recently her parents bought her a 1600 sq ft house and are currently remodeling the whole thing for her!..i expressed to her how horable i think it all is and that she should stop so people that actually need the help can get it. Well since then we barley speak..and honestly I don’t care I don’t need people like that in my life and can’t wait until they move! I am fed up with people like that!..MAKES ME SICK!!

  14. Was wondering if any single mothers with babies would like to rent a place together?? It would be farelty cheap that way and we could help each other out with babysitting and what not. Always an option!

  15. ya know being 17 and having a child is hard.but not having any income is even harder..
    does anyone know any assistance i can receive in ohio?

  16. My husband is in jail and i am a single mother of 3 and one on the way i go to school full time but bills are rolling in and lights are about to be turned off and the cable and.phone im so scated that next ir will be the rent and we will.be on.the steet is there anyone who.can help me

    • You can try to apply for temporary assistance for needy families. Surely there will be some help available for you, especially your child, for a temporary period of time.

  17. Hi my name is veronica and I’m a singel mom and don’t. Have my own house giving me a problem because there are many. People that dont like kids, well here in orlando department. Of family gave money but at the same time they want you to go and work that is not that bad but you are working you dont feel good coming from work kids are coming from school but this is the best part, kids dont feel right whay easy they dont have there own house so dont feel good People are talking like o is Bean a month and she dont move dont use mi kitchen your child is doing a mass. What I’m trains to say first we need a house dan work and Dan Think will be better I will like to People tink better. My live here in orlando hell

  18. I work really hard, I am not a young woman, but i had my child late in life, well i just relocated to another state for my job. I spent over 5000.00 moving and basically did it by myself. I rented a new place, lights all the necessities. Now i just moved in and i am behind already. i almost got evicted and my lights are gonnna be cut off, and i dont know how I am gonna feed my son. I called his father and his question is how i let it get like this. But I have been trying thru courts and him to recieve child support. I am feeling very depressed, i feel that my son would be better taken care of if i was to go away forever. Help me please, i have been to so many resouces and no one can help me. I feel so alone. HELP ME PLEASE!!!!!

    • I am in the same situation. And the courts sometimes does not help to enforce the child support so necessary to follow up with your life.

  19. amanda bronson on

    hi my name is amanda and i have a 4 yr old daughter and on march 31 of this year my husband passed away. we are not able to receive ant s.s.i. because he didn’t have enough work pionts on his record and i’m having to live with his parents because i can’t afford to get a place of my own and having a hard time with working because i can only find someone to watch my daughter on the weekends so i’m having a very difficult time with everything is there any help out there that i can get

  20. Hi,
    I am a single mom of six and I just graduated from college with my A. S. in Nursing but I am in need of assistance to pay for state board test so that I can obtain a job to help support my family. I just moved into a house and now I can’t pay the next month rent on time. Please help

    • Congrats! Have you looked into any state assistance that can maybe help you out. Each state has their own programs as to what they can offer and maybe the state in which you live has a program that can help you with your rent.
      As for the state board test, you can ask the college itself and see if they can provide any deduction or help for you.

  21. Hello everyone.i need help i am a single 47 year old mom and i am in desperate need of money.i have five children and my life is just full bad luck nothing ever god right for me.just i want help my son but i don’t have money. please everyone, everybody’s to help me.i need 14700$ for my son operation.can help me somebody.

  22. State assistance is not always the answer I know. If you have any kind of decent job the state does not help. I am a single mom with a child who has a developmental disabilities. I have a decent job, however I am still behind on bills. I can’t afford have the things that he needs for his disability including therapy. I pay so much in health insurance for him and it does not cover what he needs for therapies. Every one thinks that there are grants and state assistance out there to help single moms, but if you work then no there is not. I would like a real answer and solution for once on how I can pay for all these medical bills and get my self out of debt. How I can afford to get my son the therapies he needs. If you make over 900 an hour you are not going to get any state assistance.

  23. hello ,im a 30 yr single mother of a four yr old little girl .i had to leave my apartment duee to physical abuse .i dont kow what to do and need help .i have worked my whole life and ever since i had my daughter i am not able to hold a job for more then a year im staying with a friend for now but need to get my own place and have no resourses .looking for some guidenss. thank you for taking the time to read my story .

  24. hello iam a single mother of two lil girls.who is really needing help for back to school clothes..i cant afford to buy them any,can anyone help anything will really help us out.thank you

  25. Hi my name is Brittany and I am a single mother. I can see where some of these women are frustrated. I hold two jobs and I go to school online while I take care of my two year old daughter. It seems like no matter how hard I work, I am always behind, and can’t get any help that is out there. When I go to the DHS office I always end up having some kind of issue with them. I ask them if there is any help I can get, and they reply that I make too much or ignore me completely. AND I don’t even make all that much, I have food stamps but I only get $200. The part that makes me fume is that I had this neighbor, a grown man, who received over $300 without any kids. How is that right? Sometimes I wonder if I should just give up and just be one of those welfare mom’s because it seems so easy. But I wasn’t raised to take more than I needed. Honestly I just don’t know what to do. I know there are grants out there but where? The DHS office wont give me any information and I have got to something. I check online but all the sites I find aren’t helpful I need some kind of guidence

    • i totally understand where your coming from but from one mother to another no matter what never give up… it will work its self out and im on the county and hate it not because i dont want to work, i miss that so much i just dont have the help.i have ,.three sets of twins and a three year old. just some words of incouragement .. god is good and as long as you know where your heart it you and your children will be ok.. just never give up!!

  26. hi im a mother of 10 i have 7 children living with me i move to ct to get away from my bigger children and there family and now that im in ct i cant get no help i would love to move back to ny in the bx with my family but i have no money to do so is there any one out here that can help me until i get back on my feet i work and get ssi for 3 of my children but there checks has been cut down to 853 for 3 of them and food stamps for 7 of us133 then give me so most of the time i got work over time so i can buy food and stay to keep my bills up to part its very hard i want move back to ny were i can get help the only reson i move to ct is for the rent 1400 for 4 bedroom and know to now that my children check be cut so bad that i cant pay my bills now and no food in the house and my gas been off and my lights to it so hard out here can someone please help me and my family to move back to ny in the bx with my family

  27. I. Am a single mother to a 12 years old son. I want to hsend him to military school I can’t afford it. The school is asking for27.000 a year.I would love for him to go and make a better person out of him..can someone. Help me please.

    • Does the school have some financial aid programs that you qualify for? If not try contacting them and let them know about your financial situation.

  28. Hi my name is Scarlette and I am 6 mons pregnant, I was wondering if there was any assistance for expectant moms like me. I am behind already with some bills like car and rent and I do work but its just not enough and it’s hard enough that I am not getting help from the future dad. If anyone knows about any assistance it would be of great help, thank you.

  29. i am a single mother of 3 sets of twins and a three year old and it is very hard for me. i am currently receiving government aide 430.00 ,but its not e nough. i would love to go back to school to futher my education.please if any one has any advice or suggestions please share… im in california

  30. Hello I am a single Mom to an 8 year old little girl in Pennsylvania. Her father has been incarated most of her life so therefore I don’t received support. I do have a good job and have been turned down for assistance for basically everything. I own my home and recently things have gotten bad and I can’t get my head above water. I have never asked for help or received help. The assistance office keeps telling me that I make too much. Is there any help out there for mothers like myself. Everything has just gotten so much more expensive its hard for me to afford everything and buy food.

  31. Hi members
    I am Joan Ugandan lady, mother, with orphan whom iam looking after I
    have rewritten to you to help me in my needs because I have no one to help
    me in my problems like paying school fees ect That’s why I am calling
    a upon you to help me in any way please .
    Thanks
    may God Bless you

  32. Is it better to pay off charge offs that are on your credit, in order to trying to get a home loan? I am a single mom of two boys, and working really hard to try to get this goal reached!

    • Lynn, it depends on when the charge offs were placed on your credit. Charge offs fall off your report between 7-9 years. If you have had a charge off on there that is six years old it would be worse for your score to pay it as it will re report from the paid date another seven years. Find companies that offer credit review services or if you belong to a Credit Union most will go over your report with minimal fee or free. Hope that helps.

  33. I am recently seperated from my husband and have a 5 yr. and possibly my two nephews 11, and 16, the house me & my husband owned is in forclosure status, but he is going to try to get loan modify and take my name of the house. I am staying at my sisters old house and trying to give her money for rent but it is hard. I am stuck right now because my credit is bad because of forclosure. I work part time because can’t afford day care and I also take care of my 84 yr. grandmother. I dont know where to start to try to get financial help. Live in NC

  34. I am a single mom, I am a full time student and I do receive assistance but I am in a very mentally abusive relationship with a man who sits home, does nothing but stay in bedroom playing video games at nite and sleeping all day. I do not receive any help with children, bills, school support etc. Now my studies are suffering, I can’t concentrate. I can’t find work and can’t make the bills. He is mentally abusive and refuses to leave. Is there any assistance to help me get on my feet and away from him, and maybe therapy. I’m emotionally at the very end of my rope, I feel trapped and bullied. Any advice? Anyone?

    • Being bullied,

      First off you have children they are the most important thing in the world and they dont need to be around that kind of abuse.

      If you own the property you are at then call the police and have him removed put a restraining order of protection on him and if you do not own the Property then leave … Your life and your kids are way to important.

      There is help out there. Just go somewhere that he isn’t, and start your life over… best advice I can give. My daughter was just with a jerk like that and she finally left him. He was abusive physically.

      Your state should be able to help you get child support from him, also help you get situated with finances at least until you can get to work. You can get food stamps for food, and they will help you find a place to live.

      Make sure you explain the situation to them and DO NOT let that guy back in your life no matter how much he says he will change because it is all a lie.

  35. I have been a business owner for 22 years, the youngest female insurance agent appointed with Safeco Insurance Co. I lost everything after being dragged into a custody battle with a man who was incarcerated and the child did not know. The child was 10 years old and frightened as I had never told her of her fathers history. This was rapid fire as he had no life. What else did he have to do. I fought hard to protect her, He was diagnosed with the same things Jodi Arias was, BPD and anti-social traits with much more. I had 3 orders of protection and was stalked and harassed continually. I was told to protect her by 3 reputable organizations and so I did. I lost most everything fighting family court, all our money, my contract with Safeco thus my business and now suffer from PTSD. I am 48 years old and have disconnected with all who I was connected with, friends, business associates etc. Talk about humiliating. I just didn’t want people to know. I am at a loss of how to proceed or if I even can. I worked to be the best mommy/dad I knew how to be. I raised a wonderful child. She now sees her mom broken and lost. I have no direction for my age and place in life. There just aren’t options for me in time to save us. I am no longer the mom she knew. I will never tell her he threatened to cut her from my stomach and kill us. I fear him and he relishes in this fact. Do you have any ideas of survival for us? I wanted to set the example she would always look up to. I don’t know anymore. I prayed on her head every night and sang to her ever morning which I now feel I feel gave her a distorted view of the world. I don’t know anymore. There was a licensed psychologist who had his license revoked due to our case and another interventionist who abuses children. It’s a shame and I will keep up with EMDR to help me but I have no insurance for her (first time in her life). He’s supposed to help with that but I won’t open up his communications with her for that. Is there anything you can help me with? Thank you and sorry for going on so long……Good mom, turned into just there.

  36. robin staehle on

    Im the mom of 4children. There father is in jail and will be there for awhile. My children and i are haveing a very hard time. I dont know where to turn

  37. Im a mother of 4. I just got a relationship that was turning abusive. It was scary taking a leap and moving out, I found a place to live, however, now I have the horrible feeling I can not make it on my own. I have a good job, but of course the price of rental of a home, my vehicle, bills and now the added bills of utilities. Im worried, I do not what to do, I feel helpless. I tried to get assistance with at least food, but I don’t qualify. I am only left with 40-50 bucks after bills and that goes into gas to get me to work. Please guide me somewhere or someone that can help me get back on feet. I just need start up help…………please.

  38. Anna Fuentes on

    Hi my name is Anna

    I am a single mom with four children . I have a thirteen year old son and fourteen year old daughter
    and a sixteen year old daughter. and a thirty year old son. I am in the brink of losing my apartment.
    Due to lack of money. I don’t have any money.I have no where to go. I am scared. My son who is thirteen smokes pot and drink. I need to find a teen rehab that would take him . I think he suffer depression too. I suffer with Bipolar and depression too. I also suffer with diabetes, and neuropathy on my feet and legs. I need help is there anyone who could help me? or better yet pray for my family and I. I love all my children. I feel like. I have failed them.

  39. Do you know of any immediate cash assistance? I’m a single mom and I’m having to move by the 1st … because I don’t have the rent and bills are due…

    needing $1000-$1500

    I lost my job after 3 years for a corporate downsize… so I can’t get a loan….

    but I have car titals, and will also be able to pay it back if needed within 6 months

    Anyone know who to turn to?

  40. I’m in a very sticky situation & need all the help I can get. Currently I live w the father of my son who was once a recovering alcoholic for 10yrs. He has since ‘fallen off the wagon’ & is a raging alcoholic w not regard for anyone but himself. He has put my son & I through hell the last 2yrs & we HAVE TO get out of here. Only problem is I don’t have a dime to my name since I’ve been a sahm for all of my sons life, worked part time running the office area of my husbands business which allowed me to stay home w our son but now have an injury that prevents me from doing any kind of heavy lifting or strenuous repetitive work (all temp agencies here only offer factory/manual labor jobs & I cannot get any disability assistance) & have zero family. Its been just the 3 of us for 14yrs. He controls all the $, cars, house… everything. I do have a car of my own but it currently needs a lot of work to be safe to drive. Its looking as though we will be living in that car soon if I don’t find help. The assistance agency here will not help me until we actually ARE homeless & haven’t eaten in months. So we are stuck in this living hell w nowhere to go. Living w him when he feels like being part of the family or too hung over to do anything else. I need $ to move, food, get my car fixed, & to live on until I can get on my feet. I’ve never in my life asked for assistance w anything & have always worked for everything I needed. I’ve been on my own since I was 13 & never had any assistance. I worked thru high school & college & paid my own bills & provided for myself from that first day I was left on my own. I don’t know what to do. I’m so completely lost & alone. I will be forever grateful for whatever help you can offer or advice you can give. I am literally at the end of my rope & my last nerve is about burnt up. The stress level is killing me & my son is losing his childhood innocence because of this mess. If anything, he is the one that deserves all I can give him. He deserves better & as his Mother I am responsible for giving him a safe, loving, worry-free childhood. He deserves all that & so much more after everything he’s been through. We attend therapy & I do all that I can but there has to be more.
    Thank you & God Bless.

    • This is for MELLY:
      keep your head up, stay positive and always look up to GOD for guidence. i was in the same situation as you are today, i was beaten, raped, and i have two little boys who depend on me. i am not religious but a believer that God is good. I looked to the sky and asked him for a way out, a place to go, and funds to help us get by. the next morning i opened my closet and out fell a small post it note with a phone number on it. i called that number and it was my brothers cell #. He didnt answer at first but i left a message. and he called right back. Needless to say God will answer you even if you dont attend church. Now depending on where you live there should be an abuse shelter in your area. if you google abuse shelters for women and children you should find one close to where you are or where you want to be. Now before you say no to this these shelters are safe and clean and you and your children are placed in a room with lock and key for your safety and privacy you receive financial advice and other forms of aid you might need. i was in this kind of shelter for less than a month and they gave me a down payment on an apartment for me and my kids also payed for moving truck helped me with furniture food clothes and toys for me and my kids.i have been free for three years now and am as happy as can be that my kids aren’t living every day scared. Please dont give up if you are still in need of assistance just stay possitive and dont let him find out what you plan to do. also these shelters are a secret to the public. some aren’t even in the phone books. if you read this and are still in need of anything email me and i will try to help in any way i can. also if you go to any department of human services office state aid office they will help you get out fast. mrs.brandywine13@gmail.com

  41. I am a single mom of 6 children. I was divorced 8 years ago. I have worked very hard and I cannot seem to get out of this financial distress. I recently lost my job and now I am about to loose my house. I would love to go back to school but I am having a hard time doing it because if I go back to school I cannot work and that means no income. I am on the verge of depression and I don’t know what to do. My kids are my life and I cannot take care of them. What do I do

  42. I have 2daughters my 20year old was dx with a mental disease. I had to stop working to stay home with her. I was with my job for 10 yrs, but she needed constant care. Now I’m getting ready to go thru a divorce and I have no income is there any facility out there that assist you into getting an apartment. I’m sure I will get alimony but don’t have deposits. Thanks for any advice.

  43. I am currently living in my boyfriends home with his mother and father. We just had our daughter 8 months ago and now I am pregnant with twins. My boyfriend and I are now separated, he is living with a friend, and with two on the way, his parents said I must move out. I applied for Temporary Assistance and I am praying constantly that they can help me pay rent in an apartment somehow. With my twins coming it will be impossible for me to work for at least a month after I give birth to them. I make less than 700 dollars a month working part time, my boyfriend still provides me with things for the baby and I so am not fetching child support on him, but I need help. Does anyone think that there is a slight chance that I am anywhere near qualifying for Temporary Assistance. I am so desperate that I am reaching out to anyone who may have advice about my application for this service. This is my last hope to ask the public if I seem to be eligible. Anyone who knows anything about Temporary Assistance, please let me know. I am terrified!

  44. I am a 53 year old disabled single parent of a seven year old. I am receiving disability and child support which puts me on the line of no help. I received $18 from food share no rent help very little utility help and state insurance which I am grateful for. I couldn’t keep up n got very far into debt. I moved in with my baby’s daddy n now regret it. We get along but the newer house we live in I feel has many sanitation issues n I need to get my child n myself out ASAP. Before I moved I had issues with my car and with bad credit my only option was pay day loans. I had $6000 in bills and am down to $3000 which I need to consolidate into a lower payment to move. Any ideas on where to get a $3000 bad credit loan that isn’t too high on interest and is long term. The payday loans are $500 per month there has to be something better. Please any suggestions

  45. I am wondering if their are resources that help mother’s get their children back.. I lost my boys to the state about a year and a half ago and I have put in over 200 application’s to find a job but nothing seems to be working out and It is really a struggle not having my boys in my life so if you could email me information on how to get help. I would be so thankful.

  46. I am a single mom as well trying to go back to school (AS WELL) and I am looking for some type of program, grant, loan, etc.to help me pay for my 700 dollar cna class. I no how I am when I get a job I will work forever and then look back 10 yrs. down the line and feel like I’ve waisted my life. I am getting older and I want a career now. can anyone help

  47. I am a single mother of four in between the ages of 16 to 8… I had my babies in a very young age but always had in mind that I wanted to better my self, my life n my babies deserve the best. By the age of 22 I had my LAST baby n decided to go back to college and finish my Bachelors degree in Social Work, after hard working, studding and completing my internship I decided to relocate to US with my babies looking for a better life style for all of us. After three years of a lot of sacrifices, searching and praying and assisting to interviews and interviews my God has finally blessed me with a Social Worker Position in a private company in which I am very happy and comfortable by helping and providing strength to others. Today I am 30yrs old and can tell you that it hasn’t been easy being on my own with 4 kids, but when you really want something, you just work towards that main goal or dream and don’t ever loose hope and faith, With god everything, with out him nothing. I know the system makes it very hard on us, making a lot of us depend on their services and having to take “the easy way out of the situations” but its so hard for us that are just trying to better our selves and become auto sufficient… Patience and lots of faith girls…lets demonstrate the system that we can be better…with or with out their help. God bless u all!!!

  48. jenes k. ogendi on

    I am a single mother with two children and one is suffering from sickle cell anemia disease. I have undergone complicated life so i am requesting financial assistance thank.

  49. I looked into this website because it gives info on helping mothers in need. After reading these ladies comments wow! I noticed people are disrespecting each other not knowing who they are speaking to. This is not a place for hate and to act like children, this a place for help and to help your children. So keep your negative thoughts to yourself.

  50. IF YOU DON'T HAVE ANYTHING NICE TO SAY DON'T SAY NOTHING AT ALL. on

    Got married a week after I turned 18 had 2 kids and we separated 3 years ago. So now I”m raising a 5 year old and 2 year old on my own. I haven’t worked for the past couple months since after I found out I have sugar, Been struggling with getting it under control. which has been driving me crazy. But I’m kinda stuck with what I want to do. I want to go back to school but I can’t decide what for. I have been talking to someone which cares for me and all that lovely stuff. But I know I’m not ready for a relationship yet. And I feel like I just need to work on myself right now. My ex really doesn’t see the kids. He lives 4 hours away. So I dont know.
    I’m just looking for information on someone that I can talk to to maybe help me figure out what I want to go back to school for. And help with the signing up and getting the best grants and things.

  51. Sydney,
    . I know you are trying to be helpful but these women are looking for REAL answers. TANF is 240.00 a month for a family of 3. You cannot receive it if you are working. The housing programs have a very lengthy waiting list. I’ve been on section 8 waiting list since 2007. I think these women are looking for immediate help as their situations seem dire. I apologize if I come across as abrasive, I’m not trying to be at all as I’m sure you’ve probably been or are a single mother also. Respectfully, Dana

  52. Your frustration is understandable, but we are just trying to point you in the right direction. Many grants and non-profits are very limited these days. Thanks!

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