There are hundreds of thousands of single-parent households in New York State. Single parents are disproportionately likely to live below the poverty line and face health and child-care related challenges. As we celebrate Mother’s Day this week, we also recognize the many single mothers struggling with poverty in New York.
Since 1988, Mom’s House of Endicott (Mom’s House) has provided crucial services for low-income, single parents by helping them complete their education. Mom’s House provides free, licensed child care for children 6 weeks to 5 years old, enabling moms to dedicate time to school.
In Broome and surrounding counties where Mom’s House operates the need is great– single parent households make up between 31-39% of all households. To date, 272 single parents have graduated from their respective educational programs, and several hundred others have been assisted on their academic journey.
Mom’s House’s child care creates a critical learning environment for children, including age appropriate programming, monthly field trips, and two nutritious meals daily. In addition to childcare, Mom’s House provides food, clothing, life skills workshops and tutoring, and it coordinates with other local agencies to obtain critical support services for program participants.
To support Mom’s House’s crucial services for single parents, the Foundation awarded the Johnson City-based nonprofit a grant of $75,000 to continue its Mental Health and Wellness Program which addresses the mental and physical health needs of enrolled families.
The Mental Health and Wellness Program provides a life coach, available weekly for individual and family sessions to deal with anxiety, mindfulness, goal setting, and emotional regulation, and also holds monthly small group workshops for specific client needs. To focus on wellness, the program includes yoga and pilates classes.
Mom’s House will be able to provide more than 600 counseling and behavioral health sessions, 400 educational counseling sessions, 80 exercise classes, 160 children’s music and movement sessions, and 500 hours of daycare.
To learn more about Mom’s House and to support their work, visit their website here.