One of the most famous woman in the history of America is probably Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. She was an icon in and of herself not only because she became the wife of two very powerful and influential men, John F. Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis. She became a single parent at a young age and had this to say about the importance of parenting:
“If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do well matters very much.”
After she became a Kennedy’s widow, she married Onassis for security, according to some people. Regardless, she raised wonderful children.
Will it turn out just as well for most of us?
The thing is, while everything somehow worked out for her, and I doubt she even had money troubles at that time, the situation isn’t quite as promising for most of us. Most of us work tirelessly to pay for the bills and support our children, barely having enough time to spend with them.
Some of us even have to suffer through being overworked and underpaid just because we lack the degree to bag a higher paying job. And yet in spite of our toil and diligence it is still not enough to secure the life and future we want to provide for our children.
So, upon hearing about the “Obama grant” our anxious and tired hearts began to relax and fill with hope but these hopes were dashed once we realized that it was nothing but a scam. The cruelty of dangling the carrot of financial aid only to have it withdrawn in the end.
Is this the end?
Not at all, because there are government assistance for single mothers programs. Below are some of the government aid available.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
This program is found nationwide. It’s goal is not to indefinitely provide for the needy families but to help them while they are trying to stabilize their lives. This program helps individuals moves towards independence and stability by providing financial assistance and job training.
The U.S. government provides a lot of grants for different needs. There are small business grants if you want to start your own business. There’s also housing assistance and health care aid, especially needed by low-income families with children. It also has student and college grants for education. Most of all for women there are grant sources. All this and more are found here http://www.grants.gov/applicants/find_grant_opportunities.jsp
The government also gives loans for education, housing, business and disaster relief. Check it here: http://www.govloans.gov/. It’s comforting to know that our government has created programs and services to address our needs.