It has now been approximately 60 days since unprecedented flood waters pounded the southeast region of Louisiana and left more than 100,000 people in the Greater Baton Rouge area displaced, and you may be wondering how we are now.
First, thank you for those of you who have inquired with The Life of a Single Mom about how you can become involved, how to pray, how to serve, and just expressing your concern, in general. We have appreciated every single call or letter. We have been astounded by the number of supporters, particularly other single moms, who have stepped up and sent boxes of goods to support single mom flood victims. Single moms serving other single moms makes our heart smile.
The last 60 days, we have been on the ground level providing food, day shelter services, prayer, resource referrals, financial support, gift cards, baby items, hygiene products, and so much more. We are now moving into Phase II of recovery efforts. Yes, the debris has been cleaned from our streets, but many (most) are still displaced — living in hotels, with family, or in a tent in their front yard. Housing here is scarce and rebuilding is slow — very, very, slow.
As our organization continues our programs throughout the nation, we will not abandon the immediate needs of single moms here in Greater Baton Rouge. And our greatest concern is the mental health of moms who have lost everything and are parenting alone. We will be a place of refuge, hope, education, resources, counseling, prayer, and support groups that locks arms with these moms, not for a few days, but for the next many months.
Because so many of asked, here is what we need from you:
- We need items for holiday outreaches we are planning, such as jewelry, new purses, perfume, make-up, nail polish, scarves, hats, body lotions, etc. (small items for standard size gift bags). They can be shipped to our office or dropped off. Call for details at (225) 341-8055.
- We also covet your prayers, so please add The Life of a Single Mom to your single mom’s support group prayer list.
- Finally, we need your financial support to ensure that single mother flood victims receive the assistance they need.
The Life of a Single Mom currently runs 5 national programs to serve single mothers and those who are working with single mothers. We have not ceased efforts with any of those programs, despite the challenges we face with the aftermath of the flood. Thank you for considering The Life of a Single Mom for your year-end giving.