With a fundraising gala coming up soon in February, it’s time to shine a light on a very special SCV organization and friend of AMS, Single Mothers Outreach (SMO). SMO directly helps single parents find jobs, get educated, secure housing, stabilize their children’s emotional states, manage their finances, and help one another.
For several years AMS has invited its clients to donate their overstock and/or gently used returns to Single Mothers Outreach, with AMS providing the fulfillment services at no charge. By working together with their generous clients, AMS has been able to put clothing, shoes, toys, small appliances and products of all sorts and kinds into the hands of individuals and families in need of help. Most of the donations go to the organization’s boutique, Closet on Main, as this business is vital in SMO’s work.
In addition to providing emergency stabilization for families that are in danger of losing everything, SMO refers clients to emergency housing, provides school supplies, and connects parents struggling with basic living skills with critical social service resources.
Single Mothers Outreach also helps their clients find a good job and develop the life skills they will need to raise their children. It is one of the organizations preparing to match candidates with a new and innovative program being developed by AMS and COC, the Pre-Apprentice Program. This program is focused on individuals who are struggling to gain and maintain employment.
On February 10, AMS CEO Ken Wiseman, and Executive VP of Client Services Betty-Lou Wiseman, will be attending an upcoming fundraising event for SMO, the Empowering Hearts Gala. AMS encourages others to join them in support of an organization doing great work within the SCV Community.