Single mothers are given a chance to improve lives

When Sandra Brooks was a social worker, she dealt with many women who, like her, were single mothers.

Nikasha Dicks
North Augusta Today Editor
Twitter: @NAToday
E-mail | 706-823-3708

It was through that work that she noticed a great need for services designed specifically for single mothers, she said.

"I saw that there are a lot of services in place, but there is still a big gap," she said. "Yes, there are women who are single mothers and are working, but that does not mean that they don't need help. For some of the women, the help was not there; and for the ones that had services, the services weren't adequate for their needs."

This year, she formed Sanctuary by the Brook, a nonprofit organization, to help fill the gap.

The organization offers a mentoring program for single mothers.

In coming months, it will begin sponsoring regular workshops to address topics and issues that face the women, Ms. Brooks said.

"Single mothers have a lot of hats, and it's necessary for us to balance everything," she said. "You have to balance work, managing money and, most importantly, taking care of the children so that someone else isn't raising them. A lot of times, you just want another adult to talk to and give you that extra support while you're balancing those hats."

She also hopes to add a residential program in the next couple of years. Single mothers and their children would be able to stay from 18 months to two years while they work on employability and general life skills.

"We will teach them whatever skills they need," she said. "We are going to teach them while walking alongside them while they do it. We want to be sure that once they are out there on their own they are successful."

The organization is looking for additional mentors and volunteers.

For more information about Sanctuary by the Brook, or to become a mentor or volunteer, visit www.sanctuarybythebrook.org or leave a message at (706) 952-0416.

Reach Nikasha Dicks at (706) 823-3336 or nikasha.dicks@augustachronicle.com.

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lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 07/16/09 - 06:53 am
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this is a good program, but

this is a good program, but please teach these single moms one important lifestyle skill....how to choose a decent man who is ambitious, respectful, educated and most of all EMPLOYED and willing to work. this is where the problems start, most single moms find a male who thiks being a man is wearing pants down by your ankles, with your underwear showing, not working or education and the women will end up supporting him also

Happy Camper 455
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Happy Camper 455 07/17/09 - 08:21 am
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Thank YOU!!!

Thank YOU!!!

Happy Camper 455
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Happy Camper 455 07/17/09 - 08:33 am
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Ok the Number is 925-0416 NOT

Ok the Number is 925-0416 NOT 952-0416. I found the correct number on the web page Nikasha. No need to call me back. Just a typo on ya'll part. BTW..the mailbox is full at this time when I called the #.

yvalentine6
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yvalentine6 07/17/09 - 05:09 pm
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Actually, all of the services

Actually, all of the services are specifically for single moms, It is the single women without kids and the men who are eligible for nothing. Single moms get: welfare, food stamps, housing or section 8, car repairs (DfCS) cars (various agencies) school supplies, clothing, medical care, and on and on. These are the women you see with their cell phones and nails and extensions and live-in baby daddy. They have no bills! We support them. Thought you would like to know. And the president just dumped a big load of money their way so don't expect anything to change any time soon.

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So tell me... 07/17/09 - 05:14 pm
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jisomjr: You make a valid

jisomjr: You make a valid point! Unfortunately many of these woman are grown, set in their ways of living.... that lifestyle and unless they are willing to look outside of the box, it just is not going to happen! It would be more benefical to teach these women to have a positive self-esteem as well as self-worth that way they will think they deserve better than what they have been getting;) And of course at the same time, starting a program to teach all the men the things you mentioned above and encouraging them to be a part of their children's lives! I also must add... many men with the attributes that you mentioned earlier still refuse to handle their business! It is all about morals and values.

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corgimom 07/17/09 - 06:05 pm
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How about if we teach men to

How about if we teach men to support their children as a lifestyle skill? It's not just a female problem, it takes two people to create a child.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 07/20/09 - 01:59 pm
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corg, i agree with that also,

corg, i agree with that also, i also feel that child custody up until the age of 25 if single and have not worked a full-time job for more that 5 years should be a needs test where the mom/family must prove they can take care of the child wiht little or know outside support. failure to do so would mean permanent loss of custody and the infant put up for adoption. it is a shame when you drive by most public housing units there young men and women no older than in ther early/mid-20"s just sitting or standing around doing nothing but waiting on a check. granted there is a need/use for some gov't intervention(spousal abandonment, abuse...etc) but not at the level it is today.

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xanadu 07/22/09 - 05:09 am
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How about if we teach women

How about if we teach women and men to use birth control in the first place? I am sick of my tax dollars going for programs for people who don't have the sense God gave a goose and go about fornicating indiscriminately, then bring babies into the world they can't support, don't want to support, and expect everyone else to enable them.

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