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 that floor that day, Maggio made a decision that she would not only survive, but learn to thrive. She felt God speak to her that she would one day give back to single mothers. 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, 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 helped launch a local support group for single mothers through her church to give them a place to network and share resources, while providing education on money management, parenting, and achieving overall health and wellness. The bi-weekly meetings grew more than 1000% in their first year. Through the generosity of that church, Maggio and a team of volunteers, provided free meals and childcare, while teaching useful life skills.
Today, that local support group has grown to be one of the nation’s largest single moms support groups. Its success and growth led to the development of what is today known as The Life of a Single Mom Ministries (TLSM). TLSM has worked to launch more than 1545 support groups in cities globally using that template. We have served more than 50,000 single parent families, released countless support materials, hosted education symposiums and training seminars, provided counseling, resource referrals, and much more.
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 accredited for our financial transparency by several nonprofit governing organizations.