Motherhood is difficult enough when you have a cooperative partner, but it delivers a whole new series of challenges when you’re on your own. With time, you’ll adjust and even thrive as a single mom, but in the immediate aftermath of your separation, you may require additional support. Keep these programs in mind:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Getting food on the table can be a huge struggle for single moms. Thankfully, D.C. is home to an excellent food bank, which boasts summer meal and after-school snack programs for at-risk children. In addition to visiting the food shelf, consider signing up for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), another great option for expanding affordable access to healthy food.
- DC Healthy Families
Divorce results in loss of health insurance for many single moms. Fortunately, coverage is available to those who meet income and citizenship requirements. In addition to health insurance coverage, DC Healthy Families offers special programs for parents with newborns and children with special disabilities.
- Healthy Baby Project
Pregnant women and women with newborns face a variety of unique struggles as they strive to keep their babies healthy following divorce. The Healthy Baby Project helps at-risk mothers by working with partners to find solutions for housing, health care, and more.
- Learn, Earn, Advance, Prosper (L.E.A.P.)
Unemployed single mothers can find relief through L.E.A.P., a D.C. program designed to connect single parents to well-paying government jobs.
- On Our Grandmothers’ Shoulders
The Mary House’s On Our Grandmothers’ Shoulders program is designed for both mothers and grandmothers. Although it is not limited to single parents, many of the group’s members are divorced. They work together to find solutions to a variety of problems, including family and economic issues.
- Virginia Williams Family Resource Center
Single mothers who lack housing can seek assistance through the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center, which provides temporary shelter and emergency rental assistance.
- Single Parents in Alexandria Meetup
Sometimes, single moms simply need to hang out with those who can relate to their struggles. Meetup can be a great source of new friends. This specific Meetup is not actually located in D.C., but the necessary short drive or public transit trip is definitely worthwhile.