Freedom Journals

Real Stories from the Village

When You Feel Like The Only Mom In Town   

I have children and none of my friends do. It makes me feel like I’m the only mom in town sometimes. Often, I’m stuck venting about my struggles and sharing my joys of motherhood with...myself.  I have my mom, my aunt, and a few other family members, but my family...

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Normal: Only a Setting on the Washing Machine

Does the word normal come to mind when you think of doing the job of single parenting? Probably not. I mean, who would think it’s normal to raise two children alone, work full time, cook, clean, and pay all the bills by yourself? I don’t know about you, but if that’s...

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Hope Lives Here

The numbers are staggering. 52% of head of households in America are headed by a single parent. 84% of those homes are led by single moms. How many broken families in Pinellas County suffer in silence and have lost hope? Behind every door at Shepherd’s Village there...

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