Thursday, February 21, 2008
Teaching Single Moms How to Fish
When told that a relative received $10,000 back in taxes returns last year and they didn’t even pay taxes, my pulse started to rise. When I was told that they then used their $10,000 to buy a Wii, a flat screen TV and a designer purse, my husband put his hand on my arm so I'd stop pounding my fist on the table. I wanted to hit something, especially since this relative lives in a nice home and receives food stamps.
I found a program that eases my frustraitions towards the broken welfare system, and breaks the cycle of poverty. People Helping People is dedicated to reducing the number of children living in poverty by teaching low-income mothers how to become successfully employed.
What I love about this program is that it's based in education, not in charity.
Many women in this program have felt that taking care of themselves and their kids is someone else’s job- be it a man, the government or a church. The PHP program teaches women that they are responsible for their own financial future. It gives women the knowledge, tools, courage, confidence and encouragement to start a career. The program combines workshop training, mentoring, coaching, employment referral services, business clothing referral services and more to help women achieve their full potential in the workforce.
PHP expects women to put time and work into their own success. It’s not a handout and it’s not easy. They don’t just write the resume for these women, they have to do specific things to earn the right to a professional resume, or to free business attire.
By helping a mom get off of welfare and build self-esteem through gainful employment, it then empowers her children- and this generational dependence on government charity is broken.
The reason I'm posting about this is that PHP is in need of female mentors. They have a waiting list of women that need help, and not enough volunteers. If you would like to volunteer with this program go to mentors4women.org. It’s a fulfilling experience to teach women how to fish, instead of giving them fish to buy flat screen TV.