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  • 09/12/2017 9:09 AM | Anonymous

          

    The Single Moms Christmas Dinner is only possible because of the hearts and hands of many individuals working together to create a special night for the women and children who attend. If you'd like to be one of those individuals, please let us know by signing up to volunteer and indicating the ways in which you'd like to serve.

    Thank you for helping make this a special night! 

  • 09/08/2017 3:36 PM | Anonymous

    Our story is important because the stories of
    single parent families are important. 

    Meet Alycia...

    We met Alycia at a Single Moms Christmas Dinner several years ago. It's been great to get to know her and her children. We know you will find her story as encouraging as we do. 

    Alycia will tell you she has a "colorful story". She is a single mom to six wonderful children, ages 10, 12, 13, 14, 16, and 21.

    Her oldest son was born when she was 21. It was then she decided, "whether I was ready or not, I was going to do what I needed to do to be the best mom I could." 

    A few years later she got married, but after seven years of marriage and four children, she and her husband divorced. 

    Soon after that Alycia adopted her 2 year old biological nephew and became a mother to six children. 

    The biggest challenge she faces is being able to give each of her children the attention they deserve. Alycia stays extremely involved in her children's education, volunteering and working within the school district. She says that staying actively engage in your children's lives is key to developing good relationships with them.


    Though it has been colorful and challenging, Alycia feels blessed. She receives many compliments regarding her kids and revels in all of them. "Just thinking about my children and how far we've come brings me great joy."

    Being active in her children's education helped uncover her passion, working with youth. Recently, Alycia completed an AS Degree in Human Services and wants to open a youth and resource center. 

    Her advice to other single parents is to stay encouraged. She says, "Things may look difficult now, but trust God in all circumstances and he will see you though." 

    She also says to not be too hard on yourself or your children, do your best to model unconditional love, and when faced with the decision to do chores or to spend time with your kids, to choose quality time. The household work will always be there. "...don't forget to laugh, and remember to take time for you." 

    Thank you for sharing, Alycia.
    We are inspired by you!


  • 08/18/2017 10:39 AM | Anonymous

    Our story is important because the stories of
    single parent families are important. 

    We are thrilled and honored to share stories of single parents connected with Single Parent Provision. This is the first "Featured Family" of many to come. Enjoy meeting Kate and hearing a little of her story. 

    Meet Kate...

    Tell us a little about your story...

    My oldest daughter's father and I split not long before she was born. When she was born, she was put in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and almost died. It was extremely hard on me. We were able to live with my parents, which was a blessing, but I was clueless about how to be a single parent. My parents were still married and didn't know what to do. No one in my family was a single parent. I didn't know any one else who was a single mom or a single dad. Single parenting was not my normal. I felt alone and scared. 

    My relationship with my youngest daughter's dad ended just before she was born. She was two months early and was also in the NICU. I met Teahl (with Single Parent Provision) not long after that, and we became friends; our girls went to preschool together. I hadn't really met any other single moms until then. 

    It took her about six months of asking, before I went to my first group. I had no idea what to expect. It took a lot of courage on my end, but I finally went. As I listened to the women sharing their "pits and peaks" for the week, I got emotional and teary-eyed. I felt instantly close to them. I thought, "Oh my goodness! I'm really not alone!" I know I'm not the only single mom out there, but you feel that way when you're going through things in your life. 

    What impact has Single Parent Provision (SPP) made in your family's life? 

    SPP saved my life. If it wasn't for SPP, I don't know where I would be in my life spiritually or as a parent. There are so many struggles and every day is new for me, something I haven't ever dealt with yet. And they help take a lot of stress off. SPP will always be close to my heart. 

    What would you tell other single parents? 

    You are not alone. Know and feel loved and you're not alone. There are a ton of people who are there for you. There are people who truly care about you and have gone through similar things.

    What would you tell those who volunteer or give to SPP?

    Just thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Without SPP, there is not a good support system for single parents. For as common as it is to be a single parent, there just isn't support. The generosity and the hearts involved in SPP are so touching. So many parents have felt the love and relief.

    Thank you for sharing, Kate. We love you!

  • 06/02/2017 5:19 AM | Teahl Bader (Administrator)

    Watch Christine's testimony here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCJoZgnaGfQ.

  • 02/23/2017 5:00 AM | Teahl Bader (Administrator)
    Join us at the Simpson Barn in Johnston on Thursday, April 6, 2017 for a night of reflection of what God has done, celebration of where we are now, and anticipation of what is yet to come!
    This banquet kicks off our Annual Campaign and is being held to tell the story of what God is doing in and through Single Parent Provision and to invite others to join Him. An opportunity to make a financial contribution will be extended.
    • Click here to RSVP by Monday, April 3 or call us at 515.868.9252
    • Simpson Barn, 6169 Northglenn Drive in Johnston
    • Doors open at 6PM; dinner and program 6:30-8:30PM
    • Dress: In true barn fashion, jeans and boots welcomed
    • Adults only please
  • 01/30/2017 2:00 PM | Teahl Bader (Administrator)

    Single Parent Provision is seeking a part-time Family Services Coordinator who is mission driven and eager to join the work God is doing in and through SPP to reach, serve and champion single parent families throughout central Iowa.

    After reviewing the attached job summary, qualified applicants should email a letter of interest and resume to: info@singleparentprovision.org.

    Resumes will be accepted through Monday, February 13.

    Family Services Coordinator Job Summary.pdf

  • 11/22/2016 5:30 PM | Teahl Bader (Administrator)
    As many will likely begin Christmas shopping this holiday weekend, would you please consider picking up a few additional items to be used for the 2016 Single Moms Christmas Dinner? The remaining items needed for this year's special event are listed on the following link along with drop off information days and times. THANK YOU for helping us cross the finish line with the remaining items needed! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054eaaab2aa5f49-2016
  • 10/10/2016 1:00 PM | Teahl Bader (Administrator)

    It is with great delight that we announce that registration for this year's Single Moms Christmas Dinner is OPEN! This is the event we look forward to all year; the event that treats single mothers to an elegant evening with an inspirational program where they are the guest of honor. This year's event is being held in downtown Des Moines at Veterans Auditorium at the Iowa Event Center. This beautiful venue will comfortably accommodate the over 400 mothers and 700 children we are preparing for. 

    If you are a single mother, we hope you will attend this extravagant evening being held just for you. For details and to register, visit the Christmas Dinner event page here

    We can't wait!

  • 09/15/2016 11:46 AM | Teahl Bader (Administrator)

    Each year we look forward to our annual Single Moms Christmas Dinner, and this year is no different. In it's 5th year, we are thrilled to be holding it in beautiful downtown Des Moines at the Iowa Event Center on Saturday, December 10.

    This year as we busily prepare for 400 single mothers and 700 children to attend, we have table sponsorship opportunities available for businesses, organizations, small groups, co-worker, families, etc. who would like to contribute to making this special night possible.  If you would like to sponsor a table or have questions about doing so, please contact us at 515.868.9252 or reach out to our Table Sponsor Chair, Becki Ramsey, directly at bramsey@singleparentprovision.org. You may also visit our Donate Page for details and to make your sponsorship contribution.

  • 05/23/2016 2:20 PM | Teahl Bader (Administrator)

    We are looking forward to celebrating single fathers at our Pre-Father's Day event, happening Sunday, June 12. From 11:30-12:30 single fathers and their children are invited to join us at Columbus Park (just a half mile south of the Iowa Cubs stadium) for a hearty lunch and fun activities to do with the kids. Then it's off to the Iowa Cubs game, as every registered father in attendance will receive tickets for themselves and their children to attend the 1:05 game.

    The event is FREE but registration is required and ends Wednesday, June 8. Visit our Single Dads Day event page for additional information and to sign up.

    All single fathers are invited to attend regardless if their children will be present.

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