Broken Promises® mission is to help struggling single parent families and their children. Our aim is to raise national awareness of the challenges they face and to effect positive change.
Census Data indicates that 35% of all children today are living with a single parent, up from just 9% in 1960, and 19% in 1980. The vast majority of these families – more than 80 percent—are headed by women.
Our target families are the 30 percent of struggling single parent families living above the poverty level — but below the median income level required to support a family. They are not eligible for government aid, and alarmingly … they and their children are at high risk of falling into poverty.
For these hard working low-income single parent families, Broken Promises offers:
- pre-paid store card financial support to help cover a family’s basic needs,
- childcare assistance, and pre-school education scholarships,
- educational scholarships.
Our Target Families:
Our target is struggling single-parent families who are not receiving federal assistance, whose households have earnings above the Federal Poverty Level but below a basic cost-of-living threshold. Those who are employed but not earning a Living Wage.
More affordable childcare, assistance with pre-school education for their children, and pre-paid store cards for family basis such as clothing, food and pharmaceuticals can help our struggling single-parent families become more stable making ends meet. Job training can help prepare our families to successfully move up the ladder to better-paying jobs. A more stable family life and more opportunity for high-quality education will ensure school and career success for their children.
They represent the group at highest risk as their ranks could soon fall into poverty. They are, however, in a position to escape poverty and desperately need our help to do so. Research suggests that, on average, families need an income equal to about two times the federal poverty level to meet their most basic needs. Our review of census data indicates that 59% of all low-income households with children under the age of 18 are single-parent households. An alarming number.
Our target families are overlooked by policymakers and advocates; they may be employed mostly in the low-wage service sector jobs as higher paying manufacturing jobs have been moved overseas. Many work full time, but often don’t have employer benefits, which adds to their vulnerability. They are still low-income, but we tend to ignore them having fallen between the cracks of making it and requiring government assistance.
By raising awareness about the struggle facing single-parent families, sharing their stories, and stimulating an informed discussion among residents and leaders, we can advocate for the wellbeing of single-parent households and our communities.
The challenges faced by our struggling single-parent families are not rooted in the attitudes and behaviors of individuals or the families. Each has its own set of unique circumstances, but the two primary factors are a systemic social and economic challenge that impacts our entire nation—the cost of living and the lack of family sustaining jobs.
These can be fixed but not if we loose the most vital resource we have… our families, our children and their future.
What Will Happen if We Do Nothing?
- Children will continue to go without proper health care and nutrition.
- Families will continue to receive little government aid in the poor/near-poor gap above poverty.
- Both Single Parents and their Children will go without an adequate education or opportunity.
- Their children will continue to struggle with unhappiness, chronic pain and mental distress.
- Families will continue to slide into poverty and have little opportunity to recover.
What Can Broken Promises do?
- Provide support for families on the brink of despair.
- Provide transitional financial support.
- Provide store gift cards for food, clothing and pharmaceuticals.
- Provide educational opportunities for their children.
- Provide a support and resource assistance center.
- Increase public awareness and involvement throughout the US.
What Can You Do?
- Help us support struggling single-parent families.
- Help us provide educational opportunities and hope.
- Help us increase public awareness.
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Together, we can break the cycle of Poverty!
Together, we can Save the American Dream