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Happy Mother's Day

In honor of Mother’s Day, ACHIEVEability hosted a dinner for the single mothers in our Family Self-Sufficiency Program on Friday, May 9, 2014. To show our appreciation for all of their hard work, ACHIEVEability staff prepared and served a delicious meal to nearly 30 of the amazing mothers in our program and their children. The event included a craft corner for the children to create personalized Mother’s Day cards; and thanks to a donation from Valley Enterprises, all mothers in attendance received a handmade scented candle.

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ACHIEVEability families are 96% female headed households. Each of these amazing women come from very diverse backgrounds with a multitude of challenges. Yet, through perseverance and a foundation of support provided by our program, our mothers continue to overcome life’s obstacles and become better parents, work toward their educational and financial goals, and ultimately, create paths toward success.

One of our single mothers truly exemplifies what it means to be a strong mother and to overcome diversity. Carol had a difficult upbringing marked by domestic violence and drug addiction. Coming from a family with little to no support, and facing a bleak future, she made several unfortunate decisions and eventually paid the hard price of imprisonment. Upon release, she found her way to a halfway house but needed to secure stable housing. Carol’s need for housing and support was ultimately answered by her entry into ACHIEVEability. As a participant of ACHIEVEability’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program, Carol received the much needed housing for her and her son, as well as a host of supports to propel her to self-sufficiency and success. With intensive case management, she learned to set priorities and goals and developed appropriate skill sets to help her grow as a person, as a student, and especially as a parent.

Carol continues to avail of drug and alcohol counseling and family therapy which is provided by ACHIEVEability. She participates regularly in workshops focused on areas such as parenting, healthy relationships and finances. She has created a stronger bond with her son as result of joining ACHIEVEability and participating in family related activities. “ACHIEVEability is a place where they believe in you and that you can achieve anything you set your mind to.”

Carol recently graduated from Community College of Philadelphia with an Associate’s Degree in Behavioral Health Human Services. She is currently enrolled at Chestnut Hill College, where she is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. “I love this program because it helps me to have courage to go out into society to further my education and make a better life for me and my child.”