This morning pulling into campus, I spotted one of our FLS moms walking her children to the bus, bundled and ready for their school day. She didn’t see me. She didn’t know that I marveled at her little band, fortified against the cold spring wind, reflecting hope in each step. This mom is new to FLS. Leaving a dangerous environment, she recently found refuge in our small but mighty community. Like several of the moms we serve, she has no car, so she often loads her small crew onto the city bus for appointments. Seeing her gave me pause: any mom who wrestles against shoelaces, parkas, bookbags and the clock to get kids out the door on time for school is victorious. But add to that economic crisis, shelter insecurity, lack of transportation, emotional trauma, and isolation, and the challenge feels insurmountable. This is what our moms face, and what they’re overcoming.
Our moms are champions. FLS is providing them with stable housing, mentorship, community, and the chance to break generations of unhealthy emotional and economic cycles. Offered God’s peace, they can exhale.
One mom recently threw a birthday party for her daughter in what is now her backyard—our beautiful two acre property. She said it was the first celebration for her little tribe that wasn’t sabotaged by a disruptive or dangerous family member. Last week, staff huddled around a mom during move-out day. Amid prayers and hugs, she gushed about her next step–the house God had provided, her teenagers’ excitement, her goals with her college courses, and–her resolve to stay connected through Women of Courage. WOC, our ministry to non-residential moms (many of them former residents) gathered again this week. These heads of their households happily squeezed around the table to partake of brunch (thank you, volunteers) and inspiration. One WOC mom noted, “During my time living on campus, I was able to build a positive relationship with my daughter through parenting classes and support–and to get a car! Life at FLS is a life that provides hope, love, and encourages change.”
This is what we’re all about. Hope. New futures. With God’s provision over these 80 years, FLS ushers in life change. And, in the rhythm of our year, this is the time when we appeal to partners to come alongside our courageous moms with a special gift. We do this only twice: at year’s end and at a significant moment in these women’s lives: Mother’s Day.
This day can be difficult for single moms, as frequently no one sounds the trumpet for their heroic, gritty work. With our Mother’s Day Appeal, we ask our community to propel our moms forward as they change course. Once again, we offer a delightful way to do so: you may honor a woman in your own life with your financial gift. As an honoree, she will receive a special card commemorating your Mother’s Day gift.
Would you prayerfully consider joining us? One of the best ways you can do so is through a monthly pledge. Even small amounts consistently and generously given help us as we help moms. Follow this link to give online and honor someone special, if you choose, or send a check and a note with honoree information to us at Family Life Services, 1880 S. Cascade Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Thank you in advance for coming alongside our moms. They are champions for their families, and you are champions for them.
With gratitude for you as we champion moms,
Ronna Tepley Bauman Tonya Lark
Community Relations Manager Executive Director