Frequently Asked Questions!
Why should I help?
There are many reasons women become single mothers, often through no fault of their own. Some because of a divorce or the death of a spouse, others as a result of a deadbeat dad. Regardless of the circumstances, nearly half of these families live in poverty or below poverty.
Often, mothers cut back on expenses by buying more processed foods, which are cheaper. This affects their children physically, mentally and acadmically.
There is a direct correlation between nutrition
and academic performance in students.
By helping women become financially self-sufficient, we impact the next generation
How long is my commitment?
Ideally, we would like you to make a monthly commitment for one year. However, we know life brings surprises and your commitment may need to change or discontinue. For that reason, we have an emergency fund, which allows us to continue supporting a single mom until we can find a new donor.
How much of my money goes to the moms?
Currently, 100% of the ministry costs are covered by donors who specifically donate to the running of the ministry.
That means, 100% of your donation goes directly to the program you designate.
Do you have any other questions?
Why do they need help?
Why can't they just do what it takes?
Basically, there are two reasons.:
(1) Daycare availability: usually from 6 am to 6 pm.
If a mom works full-time to pay the bills, there is no evening care
for night classes. Online classes are also a challenge to complete
in the evening when the child is home.
(2) The system is set against them. If there is a father paying child
support, he only has to pay half of the daycare expense while the
mother is working. Any time mom spends in class and the child is
in daycare does not get calculated into the equation.
That means, she would have to pay for school, pay 100% of the
cost for daycare, during that time AND lose the wages she would
have made working.
Chia and Friends provides assistance by seeking to remove these carriers to a career education. Included in our support services are financial assistance for housing and daycare and evening study rooms with childcare.
CHIA AND FRIENDS
IMPACTING THE NEXT GENERATION!
How do I know my donation won't be misused by the mom?
Chia and Friends will pay some bills directly. These include rent, utilities and daycare. For expenses like gas and groceries, Chia and Friends will put money on a debit card weekly, so the chance of abuse is small.
Chia and Friends has an extensive application process. The moms will be vetted to the best of our ability. We also have a contract the moms sign explaining non-acceptable behaviors, which will result in dismissal from our program.
We also believe interaction with their life assistance team will have a positive effect on behavior.
Participation in the Chia and Friends program is a privilege, not an entitlement. We are confident they will appreciate the opportunity to get a career education and better provide for their family.