“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” – Sophia Loren
I think Sophia Loren knew what she was talking about when she said these words.The sweat and tears expelled by their exhausted body and soul are meaningful and bearable because they are dedicated to their offspring. But the hardship is halved and the happiness multiplied because they have a partner to share the ups and downs of parenthood with.
So, the single parent sometimes bears twice the hardship because they have no one to help them carry their crosses. But they do this just as willingly and just as fervently as their paired counterparts. It’s just that simple. Problems become big ones when you face it alone.
But you are not alone. There are agencies which offer aid assistance. The federal government has appropriated funds to states to provide for programs to help needy families. Like the following:
Montana: Families Achieving Independence in Montana (FAIM)
They can help low-income families because they provide various services like Child Care Assistance, Healthy Montana Kids (HMK), Energy Assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program(SNAP), Medicaid, Special Supplemental Nutrition for Women, Infants & Children (WIC), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
North Dakota: TEEM (Training, Employment, Education Management)
They provide the following services: Basic Care Assistance Program (BCAP), Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP), Healthy Steps Children’s Health Insurance, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) / Job Opportunities and Basic Skills (JOBS).
There are also government grants which can assist you, they can help you address some of your needs including education needs, like the ones below:
Federal Pell Grants
This grant is usually given to students who do not have a degree yet. This is not like a loan so there is no need for you to repay it. This is great for individuals wanting to earn a degree. For more info:
Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)
In order to get this grant, you must be a recipient of the Federal Pell Grant. For the first year it gives $750 and $1,300 for the second year. It can help single mothers continue their education. There are more grants found here in grants.gov.