Something INCREDIBLE is happening that you need to know about!
You may have already heard that St. Raymond’s Society has Houses that assist homeless pregnant or newly parenting single mothers. But what you may not have heard is – these Houses are NOT your typical “homeless shelters” or “maternity homes”. . . they are so much more!
In fact, these Houses are true transitional homes. Meaning that we meet these single mothers right where they are – pregnant, homeless, stressed, hopeless – and move them toward self-sufficiency.
We help her to navigate through her dire situation of homelessness to a position of economic self-sufficiency, where she can successfully provide for herself and her child – now and in the future.
We make a HUGE commitment to these mothers because we understand that substantial change requires a long-term investment. She is going to live in the House for one year or longer. During her stay, she will work with a team of professionally trained individuals that lead her through an innovative program called My RIDICULOUSLY AMAZING Life©.
This research-based program, custom designed for use in transitional environments, focuses on the Seven Core Competencies of Self-Sufficiency.
Working with her professionally trained Life Coach, she sets goals, develops an action plan and ultimately makes HUGE life changes. She learns how to self-reflect, practice self-discipline and hold herself accountable.
Additionally we provide her with professional counseling, parenting and cooking classes – PLUS she learns how to manage her finances, get out of debt and live within a budget using Financial Peace University© created by Dave Ramsey.
And the RESULTS ARE ASTOUNDING!
Here is what our residents have to say:
“Before moving into St. Ray’s House, I often had to choose between buying groceries or buying gasoline or paying for daycare. It was tough because I had to have gas and daycare to go to work, but we needed food too. It’s not ok for your kid to be hungry when you are working sixty-five hours a week and it’s still not enough. A mother should not have to make these kinds of choices! It’s just wrong! I don’t have to worry about those kind things now. I am working harder than I ever have before, but it feels great because I am working on my future and I am making real progress.”
It is no secret that single mothers, lacking economic self-sufficiency, struggle every day just to meet their family’s basic needs – food, housing, transportation and childcare. I am sure you agree that a mother should NEVER have to choose which of the basic necessities she will provide for her children and which they will do without.
“I’ve always wanted to continue my education, but it wasn’t possible before now. I had to work two jobs just to be able to pay all our bills so I didn’t have time to go to class and to study. I thought that was the way I would have to live the rest of my life, barely scraping by. But living at St. Ray’s, I have time for school, because I only have to work one job. I am eager to accomplish my education goals and begin my career. I love the attention and the celebrations we get with each accomplishment. It is something I never had before. It feels good to have people that want you to succeed and believe you can. I feel so blessed to have this opportunity! I am making the most of it.”
Single mothers who have inadequate education, or who lack job skills cannot achieve self-sufficiency wages without first addressing her education and/or job training – so that is right where our program begins.
“Just when I was about to be able to get us a place of our own, I had a major auto repair. I had to use everything I had saved up for an apartment to fix my car instead. I felt like I was never going to get ahead. Never going to be able to provide what we needed. I didn’t have anyone to help me. We had nowhere to live. Then I moved into St. Raymond’s and everything changed for us. I mean EVERYTHING! I am doing things I never believed I could do. I now know that we are going to have a place of our own soon and I am always going to be able to provide the things we need on my own. It feels great to know that I will stand on my own two feet!”
For many low-income families, the barriers to self-sufficiency are accentuated by an absence of savings. For single mothers with no savings, the slightest set back, i.e. an ER visit, a car repair or a reduction in work hours, can trigger a major financial crisis.
“At first, moving into St. Ray’s made me feel like I had failed again. But I didn’t have a choice. I was homeless and I didn’t have anywhere else to go. Now I know that moving in here was the best thing that could have happened to me! I have learned so much in such a short time. I’ve learned how to cook fresh, healthy meals and how to manage my money properly. I even have a savings account! I can hardly believe everything that I have managed to accomplish already. I have a full time job and I am working on my degree. Great things are finally happening for me. For the first time in my life, I feel like things are going my way – like I am finally going to make it. I feel like I have control of my life and my future. I am making good decisions and working hard for our future. I love my life and I am so thankful to be living here!”
As you can see, our program is creating a lasting change that will affect not only the lives of the mothers we serve and the lives of their children but also the generations that will follow.
St. Raymond’s Society provided practical, realistic support at a time in my life when there didn’t seem to be any options for me and my daughter besides day-to-day survival. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the help we received. I am exceedingly grateful.
Zuleima personifies what St. Raymond’s Society is all about. Beyond her primary goal of being the very best mother possible to Dixie, she is highly motivated to earn her college degree and provide the very best life possible for Dixie.
I appreciate the resources and services St. Raymond’s Society provides our community’s single mothers and their children. This is an organization that offers a real solution, not just and band aid and I can get behind that. They are creating lasting changes in the lives of families.
Janey is a perfect representation of the saying: if you think my hands are full you should see my heart . . . . one cannot help but see how full her heart is as she gently cares for her tiny triplets.