foster community for single mothers living in poverty?
In Calgary, 49 per cent of lone-mother households are living below the regional poverty line.
Families living with limited resources naturally face limited choices in all aspects of their lives: schooling, clothing, food, transportation, recreation and social events.
Access to government support is often dependant on being in the workforce; this further limits the time lone-parents have to care for their children. Lack of choice often leaves these families feeling powerless and without control. Limited choice, limited time and limited control all contribute to the social isolation of lone-mothers. Over time, social isolation leads to social anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns. Fostering community with lone-mothers living in poverty is an essential step in supporting their journey.
Being raised by a single mother, I’m passionate to learn and understand the ways in which we can support women who are raising our future independently! I believe that we can foster a community that values lone parents and eradicates stigmas.
I’ve worked for years with an organization that seeks to bring community to lone mothers. My relationship with so many who are living at the intersection of lone parenthood, aloneness and poverty has put this wicked problem close to my heart.