Raising a family today has become increasingly difficult, resulting in more and more children growing up in single parent households. In fact, according to the US Census Bureau of Household and Family Statistics (2006), 28 percent of families with children under 18 are being raised by single parents. Often, those single families are headed by mom, a staggering 23 percent, as a matter of fact. Also reported, the number of single mothers has increased to over 17 million, almost six times that of the 3 million in 1970.
Sadly, single moms are left to wear many different hats, fulfill many responsibilities and encounter many different obstacles. “As single moms, we find ourselves, alone, afraid, ashamed, overworked, sleep deprived, discouraged and often under appreciated and stereotyped.” explains Christina Nolan, owner and author at ‘Refuge for a Single Mom’. “As a single mom myself, for over 14 years now, it has become increasingly obvious that single moms need a place, a refuge so to speak, where they can learn, grow, fellowship and make friends in a safe and encouraging environment.” Nolan said. “As an internet business woman, I spend quite a bit of time online, networking and socializing, but have never found an online community receptive to my needs as a single mom. It is my passion that ‘Refuge for a Single Mom’ can be that place for the many women that so desperately need it!”
Originally, ‘Refuge for a Single Mom’ (refuge-for-a-single-mom.com) began as an inspirational blog and has evolved into a website, complete with online community, devotionals and resource materials. Also, just in time for its six month anniversary celebration, ‘Refuge for a Single Mom’ will be introducing their custom designed, promotional gear. Unlike most promotional items available, these items will feature inspirational Bible verses pertaining to ‘refuge’, in an effort to remind these remarkable women that they are not alone in their journeys. If that wasn’t enough, the blog will be receiving a complete make over, compliments of ‘Girly Blog Designz’.
When asked about her vision for ‘Refuge for a Single Mom’, Nolan explained, “I have been a single mom for the better part of my adult life. It has not been easy and I have learned a great deal. I have a sincere respect for my fellow single moms and a deep yearning to provide as much hope, encouragement and empowerment as one person can.”
“We are excited to celebrate our 6-month anniversary in the blogging community and invite everyone to share in the festivities with us, July 15th through July 21st. Participants simply visit the all new blog and leave their blog or website address and personal comment. At the close of the celebration, three lucky participants will be drawn to receive a Refuge Gear t-shirt, tote bag or mug.” Nolan explained.
‘Refuge for a Single Mom’ is dedicated to providing encouragement and inspiration to all single moms. Visit them online, participate in the anniversary celebration, sign up to receive prizes and most importantly, join a community of like-minded women.