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Florida Tests New Curriculum to Help Single Moms Earn Access to Their Children

Partnership between the Florida Department of Children and Families and the Salvation Army of Sarasota Delivers “Hope and Help for the Single Mom”

 
 
Lori Little's "Hope & Help for the Single Mom"
Lori Little's "Hope & Help for the Single Mom"
PRLog - Apr. 11, 2011 - ATLANTA -- For women separated from their children due to drug and alcohol abuse, the relationship between the Salvation Army of Sarasota (SA-S) and the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) offers critical lifelines: shelter, accountability and—importantly—access to parenting classes that can open doors back to motherhood.  However, the unique parenting needs of single moms has never been addressed—until recently.  In January, the organizations tested a new course: the “21 Principles of a Healthy Single Mom” by Lori Little [http://hope4singlemoms.com/single_mom_ministry.html].  On March 21, the first class earned certificates of completion, a new outlook on single motherhood and were one step closer to reclaiming their title of “Mom.”

Little teaches her “21 Principles” for the teen, never married, divorced or widowed single mom through a combination of books for individual study and DVDs for groups, both featuring personal interviews Little conducted with Christian leaders: Kay Arthur, previously a single mother; Dr. Charles Stanley, raised by a single mom; along with Jill Briscoe; Elizabeth George; Michelle McKinney Hammond and Dr. John Trent to name a few.

The program was spearheaded by Sarasotan, Linda Kelleher, a single mom for 13 years.  Kelleher volunteers with South Shore Community Church which offered the “21 Principles” study to the community including the women in the SA-S’s VIPER Program (Voluntary Interim Placement-Enhanced Recovery).

“These women are working hard to earn back the title as ‘Mom,’” said Kelleher.  “I’m a single mom, so I have a passion for the special needs of other single moms. Lori’s ‘21 Principles’ course gave me significant peace and I knew the ladies in my classes needed that, too.”

Kelleher introduced the course to the SA-S and DCF and it was approved for a “soft” introduction, meaning the “21 Principles” counted as a certificate course only if women requested credit for the class.  Amazingly, the unadvertised option was spontaneously requested by all who knew about the accreditation.

“The Salvation Army’s distinctly Christian approach to providing community support made Lori Little’s ‘Hope & Help for the Single Mom’ a great fit,” said Dr. David Sutton, Director of Programs and Facilities, SA-S.  “Lori’s journey as a single mom was filled with challenges, so she understands.  The response to ‘21 principles’ has been overwhelmingly positive. It’s been a source of changed lives and changed families.  How many generations of families can be impacted through a loving empowered mom?  We can’t even estimate the potential of this effort.”

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Media Note—Interview Opportunities Available

1.  Meet the Creator of the “21 Principles” Curriculum
In August of 1996, Author and Mom-Preneur Lori Little suddenly became a single mom to her two-year old son Eric.  With no understanding or training of single motherhood, Lori gave up hope on a dark October night in 1998.

“The trials of being a single mom have been the most difficult ones of my life.  I found myself being homeless, penniless and in court fighting a custody case for my son. I was extremely overwhelmed from all that I had to do.  I often cried out to God saying, ‘Oh God, when is this hell on earth of being a single mom going to end?’” [Principle #20: Laughter, page 160]

2.  Meet the Single Moms Whose Lives Have Been Changed by  “21 Principles”
   At only 22, with an addiction and a three-year-old son, Tiffany entered the VIPER program—“It’s been difficult doing this alone.   ‘21 Principles’ has shown me ways to stay strong for my son and me.  I’m so thankful for this.”
   For 44-year-old Tracy, a battle with both drugs and alcohol led to her first inpatient program with VIPER.  “21 Principles” has given me a whole new way of life as a single mom. The chapter on Simplicity showed me how to spend more time with my son.”

3.  Meet the People Behind the Movement to Serve Sarasota’s Single Moms
  Linda Kelleher, single mom and volunteer leader
  Dr. David Sutton, Director of Programs and Facilities, SA-S
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About Lori Little and “21 Principles”:
Author and Mom-Preneur Lori Little suddenly became a single mom to her two-year old son Eric in August of 1996.   Following a God-given calling, Little documented her struggles as a single mom and her amazing source of encouragement in her Bible-based study book and DVD series, Hope and Help for the Single Mom: The 21 Principles of a Healthy Single Mom. Published in 2010, “21 Principles” is empowering single moms on five continents to find joy in being the mom God has called them to be. Little’s son Eric is currently authoring the “21 Principles” for Kids and Teens set to release in the fall.  Single moms can connect with Lori at www.Hope4SingleMoms.com  and Facebook [http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Hope-Help-for-th...].

Links:
“21 Principles of a Healthy Single Mom” - http://hope4singlemoms.com/single_mom_ministry.html

Lori Little's book for individual study - http://hope4singlemoms.com/single_mom_ministry.html

Lori Little's DVDs for group study - http://hope4singlemoms.com/single_mom_ministry.html

Salvation Army of Sarasota (SA-S) - http://www.uss.salvationarmy.org/uss/www_uss_sarasota.nsf/vw-dynamic-arrays/858908C48E1F60AE802572FA0050E436

Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) - http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/

Kay Arthur - http://store.precept.org/c-191-precepts-for-life-with-kay-arthur.aspx

Dr. Charles Stanley - http://www.intouch.org/about/about-dr.-charles-stanley

Jill Briscoe - http://www.tellingthetruth.org/about/Bios/Jill.aspx

Elizabeth George - http://www.elizabethgeorge.com/george/default.asp?f=404

Michelle McKinney Hammond - http://www.michellehammond.com/

Dr. John Trent - http://www.strongfamilies.com/
South Shore Community Church -  http://www.southshorechurch.com/pages/

VIPER Program (Voluntary Interim Placement-Enhanced Recovery) - http://www.uss.salvationarmy.org/uss/www_uss_sarasota.nsf/vw-sublinks/D15787C3F206BA35802572FA0049B068?openDocument

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