Imagine something that is typically designed for two people, now all of a sudden turns into a job for one....hence the life and challenges of a single parent. Assistance For Single Parents (AFSP), a local 501(c)3 non-profit organization, recently received a $10,000.00 grant from Entergy Waterford 3 to aid in their effort to assist and empower working single parent families in St. Charles Parish and the surrounding area with a “hand up” rather than a “hand out.”
AFSP’s primary focus is the overall health and well-being of children; however, their programs are geared toward assisting and empowering working single parents with support, services and fellowship. “Ultimately, the struggles and challenges a single parent faces, whether they be financial, emotional, or social, will impact his or her children,” explained Debra Rieder, Executive Director of Assistance For Single Parents.
Rieder continued, “We are excited to partner with Entergy Waterford 3 in that our philosophies are in line with a desire to strengthen our community. Being the recipient of this grant will allow AFSP to continue in efforts to assist and empower single parents by providing guidance with finances, single parent support meetings, better employment opportunities, budgeting and legal workshops, emotional healing and stability, peer support networking, parenting or co-parenting concerns, and wisdom from others who truly understand the daily struggles and challenges faced as a single parent.”
“Entergy Waterford 3 is excited to support Assistance for Single Parents as they grow in the community. This organization has a great purpose and we are proud to be able to assist in any way possible.” –Site Vice President Mike Chisum. With more than 23% of St. Charles Parish’s population being single parent homes, you can see why organizations like AFSP are needed in our community, are in need of funds, and why they are growing so rapidly.
“Assistance For Single Parents realizes that we may not be able to solve all single parent family struggles and challenges, but we are committed to doing all we can to help single parent families prosper and flourish, rather than become ugly statistics. For example: Children of single parents are twice as likely to be abused, five times more likely to commit suicide, and ten times more likely to drop out of high school or use drugs and alcohol,” explained Rieder.
If you are a working single parent and would like more information, or would like to register with their organization, visit www.AssistanceForSingleParents.org and click on the Register tab.
If any individual or company is interested in partnering with or making a donation to AFSP, please call Debra Rieder at 985-233-1173. If you find yourself or someone you know needing support, assistance, encouragement, or just to be apart of our single parent community, please also contact Rieder or send an email to AssistanceForSingleParents@gmail.com. For resourceful information make sure to follow them on Facebook: Assistance For Single Parents or connect with other single parents on Facebook: Assistance For Single Parents Group Page.