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, an exhausted, young, single mom of two children 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, that young single mom 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. That young single mom was our founder, Jennifer Maggio.
In January 2007, Maggio launched a support group for single mothers through her local church. 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 the U.S. 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 and the National TLSM Single Moms’ Conference and are considered 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.
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:
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
2015 Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability Certified
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