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.