Parenting is too important a responsibility to bear alone, yet all too often single mothers and fathers are forced to do just that. Because we believe that effective parenting leads to successful, well-adjusted children, Single Mothers Outreach scaffolds families facing sudden housing instability, income loss, emotional trauma, and social deterioration as the result of divorce, abandonment, or widowhood. With a mission to
“empower single parents and their children by providing hope, support, and resources so that families can become self-sustaining and thrive,” Single Mothers Outreach (SMO) directly helps single parents find jobs, get educated, secure housing, stabilize their children’s emotional states, manage their finances, and help one another.
Why SMO is Needed
Last year, the Los Angeles Times reported the staggering statistic that today 12% of Santa Clarita families are headed by single parents (
Mapping LA, Los Angeles Times, 2014). This places Santa Clarita with more single parents than affluent cities like Studio City and Marina Del Rey AND more than disadvantaged cities like Northeast Antelope Valley and Arleta. Santa Clarita is NOT a good place to be a single mother, especially if you are minority, under-educated, or haven't worked for awhile. With an average family size of 3 and limited services for the disadvantaged, the overwhelming majority of families served by SMO earn $15,000 or less per year. Housing changes in the previous 6 months are the norm, either because of foreclosure, eviction, or inability to afford previous housing. Nearly all are unemployed or underemployed. Today, the California Family Economic Self-Sufficiency Standard projects that a single mother with one preschooler and one school aged child would need to work more than three full time, minimum-wage jobs to meet the most basic expenses. And the reality is that all of the stressors that single moms go through affect their children. Our community is full of children facing psychosocial stress from either the death, divorce, or abandonment of a parent, as well as poverty, higher risks for academic failure, alcohol and drug use, and even juvenile delinquency.
Be the #1 resource for single parents in the vast Santa Clarita Valley region by providing comprehensive and timely services to meet their needs.
Raise community awareness of single parents’ unique challenges and the impact those challenges have on society at large and Santa Clarita in particular.
Set single parents on a successful path toward financial, emotional and psychological self-sufficiency.
Create a platform for single parents to voice their challenges, needs, and concerns.
Expand organizational sustainability.