She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
Prov 31: 25-26
Soon it will be Mother’s Day. As we reflect on our ministry of walking alongside single moms and their children, we also remember you, our supporters. We are so blessed by each of you and thank especially all of you Mothers for your faithful vocation and dedication to loving and raising up children – both yours and God’s.
Our moms continue to walk through these unusual times, but honestly, it hasn’t been easy. As we shared a couple of weeks ago, all of our moms have had their work hours reduced, most to almost zero. Since they were just getting back on their feet, crisis situations like this can act as a powerful trigger to pull them back into fear. It is crucial that we continue to walk alongside them as much as possible.
While we are being very prudent with our resources, we are only minimally cutting direct services. We remain laser focused on being present to moms, tangibly demonstrating they are not alone and directing them to the one true source of Hope. Please see our most recent post to see all of the ways that we – and our great supporters and volunteers – are connecting with moms to help them tangibly experience that God is for them and with them during these trying times.
For many years and in keeping with our holistic approach, we ask resident moms to pay a program fee, reflecting financial investment in their success alongside their more significant investment of time, energy, and emotional resources. But unusual times call for unusual measures, so our Board has waived any program fees for our resident moms for all of April and at least the first half of May. You can help our ministry by stepping into this funding gap. While we know that God provides perfectly through the generous supporters like you whom He raises up for us, our financial needs are the same and higher as a result of this recent crisis.
We thus humbly ask that you join us in our annual Mother’s Day Appeal and help our moms build futures here at FLS. By making a special Mother’s Day gift to FLS, you can honor a mom in your own life. For gifts of $30 or more, we will send a special card to your honoree to commemorate your gift.
Please note: As in recent years, we no longer host Fun Run or Banquet fundraisers, as we want to honor the desires of our supporters and we believe that it is more prudent and aligns better with our mission to invest in events that support our moms and kids directly. This is one of only two formal appeals each year – at Mother’s Day and at year-end.
Thank you in advance for all the ways that you help moms build futures here at FLS!