Started in 2014, the Single Parent Program was a strategy designed to assist one of BEAM’s largest demographics, single mothers. By providing one on one case management and wraparound services, BEAM developed this program to intentionally work with single mothers in the beaches community to lead them to a life of self sufficiency.
Program participants agree to meet on a weekly basis for intensive workshops to provide them with the tools they need to increase credit scores, manage debt, develop career goals and work towards advanced schooling opportunities.
In 2017, we celebrated a milestone for the SingleParent Program and more importantly for Nekia, a three year program participant who graduated with a Surgical Technology Workforce Certificate from Florida State College at Jacksonville. She was one of the first in her class to land a job working for a local healthcare system increasing her salary 60%.
To date, we have had 36 single parents and 113 children participate in the program to gain self sufficiency.