The Life of a Single Mom has organizational core values that guide our decisions, vision, and programming. We operate by the following values:
We believe it is possible to make a difference in the lives of single parent families.
We believe single mothers arrive at single parenthood through a variety of circumstances, and that each of them is dearly loved by God.
We believe that minimizing a family’s need for government assistance through education, programs, & opportunities will empower families.
We believe the faith-based community has the ability to radically change the lives of single parents and should be involved in that pursuit.
The Life of a Single Mom exists to educate church & community leaders, and the general public on the challenges faced by single parent families, while simultaneously providing programs that help these parents achieve success in parenting, finances, and overall health & wellness areas. We exist to see that no single mom walks alone.
It is the intention of The Life of a Single Mom to respect the privacy of our members, stakeholders, and clientele. We have a formal Confidentiality Policy required to be signed by all employees, volunteers, and stakeholders. We do not sell, exchange, or transfer any information of any stakeholder, member, or client at any time. We do not retain personal data regarding visits to our website. The data we retain specifically relates to contact forms, donors. stakeholders, and members, and is provided directly by said party. Information includes, but is not limited to, name, address, phone number, and emails. To update your information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (225) 341-8055.
Our history begins in 1999.
In 1999, Jennifer Maggio, our founder, was an exhausted, young, single mom of two children, who found herself huddled on her bathroom floor, certain that no one could possibly understand the magnitude of her devastation. Financial struggles, parenting challenges, personal failures, and emotional stress culminated into an almost unbearable plight. While on the floor that day, Maggio made a decision that she would not only survive, but learn to thrive. She knew she would one day give back to single mothers, but didn’t know how or when. Although the journey was long and hard, riddled with highs and low, she became an 11-time Circle of Excellence award recipient in Corporate America, ultimately achieving financial, emotional, and parental success. She never forgot that moment on the bathroom floor, however, and what it felt like to be parenting alone, with little money and no help.
In January 2007, Maggio left her corporate success behind to give back to the single parent community. She launched a support group for single mothers through her local church to give them a place to network and share resources, while providing education on money management, parenting, and achieving overall health and wellness. Three single moms attended that first group. The bi-weekly meetings grew more than 1000% in the first year. Through the generosity of that church, Maggio and a team of volunteers, provided free meals and childcare, while teaching useful life skills.
That support group grew to be one of the nation’s largest single moms support groups in a church. Its success and growth, as well as the best practices uncovered during the journey, led to the development of what is today known as The Life of a Single Mom (TLSM), which formalized into a 501c3 in 2010. TLSM currently works with a variety of churches of different sizes and denominations, as well as colleges and corporations who want to formalize single moms’ ministries. TLSM has consulted more than 1,500 churches, community groups, corporations, and colleges to launch single moms’ support groups in cities globally using that original success model, now known as Single Moms Across America. We serve thousands of single parent families annually. We have launched national initiatives, including Single Mom University, National Single Mom of the Year awards, and the National TLSM Single Moms’ Conference, hosted countless workshops and education symposiums, written curriculum to support single mother’s growth and encouragement, provided free exercise classes, fresh produce, and home improvements for single mothers, and so much more. We are the nation’s go-to resource for all things single mom and single mom ministry related.
We believe that no single mom should walk alone and have led a global movement to ensure that doesn’t happen. We are award-winning and fully accredited for our financial transparency by several nonprofit-governing organizations.
Our Founder & CEO
Meet Jennifer Maggio!
Jennifer Maggio is an award-winning author of several books and an international speaker, whose personal journey through homelessness, abuse, and single motherhood is leaving audiences around the globe riveted. At 19, Maggio was pregnant with her second child, living in government housing on food stamps and welfare, and felt completely alone. She shares with great openness her pain, mistakes, and journey to find hope in Christ. Though the journey was long and winding, she ultimately became an 11-time Circle of Excellence winner in Corporate America for a prominent Fortune 500 Company, securing $55 million in accounts. While a vocal advocate for abstinence and sustaining today’s marriages, Maggio recognizes that single parenthood exists and is passionate about seeing these parents thrive. She left her corporate successes behind to launch a global initiative to see that single moms do not walk alone. Her passion is contagious and her story has been used to inspire millions around the globe. She is a frequent guest at women’s conferences, single parent events, corporate training events, and churches.
Jennifer has been featured in countless media venues in print, television, and radio, including The New York Times, The 700 Club, Moody Radio, Focus on the Family, Dr. James Dobson, Christian Mingle, Power Women, and many others. In addition to being a busy wife and mother of three, she is Chief Executive Officer and Founder of The Life of a Single Mom Ministries. She is also a columnist with several magazines and websites. Maggio was named one of the Top 10 Most Influential Leaders in America by John Maxwell in 2015 & 2017.
Her materials are endorsed by some of the nation’s largest nonprofits, churches, and organizations. For more information, visit HERE.
The Life of a Single Mom works diligently to accrue industry-leading accreditation to ensure our stakeholders of high levels of accountability and integrity. We’re honored to have also been recognized for several awards. Here are a few of the highlights:
2017 Guidestar Exchange Platinum Seal Recipient
Named 2017’s People to Watch by Business Report Magazine
2017 Top 10 Most Influential Leaders in America by John Maxwell
2016 Influential Women in Business Award
2015 Women Caucus’ Hero of Excellence Award
2014 Blue Cross Blue Shield Angel Award
2014 Great Nonprofits Award
2012 Rising Star Award
2012 Best New Charity nominee by CLASSY Awards
Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability Certified
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