For many of us, summer means relaxing vacations and happy memories. But to single mothers living in desperately poor communities, who already struggle to provide the necessities of life for their children, summer means something entirely different.
With schools out, their children no longer have a trusted place to spend their days. Despite their hard work, many families simply can’t afford the additional expense of summer daycare or camps.
For these mothers and families, there is no vacation from poverty.
According to the USAFacts 2018 Annual Report, more than 35% of single mothers are in poverty, defined as income below $24,858 for a family of four with two children.
Can you imagine trying to survive on less than $25,000? It is hard enough being a mother, let alone having to struggle with poverty.
Across family types, poverty rate is highest among single mothers at 35.6%, compared to 17.3% for single fathers and 10.5% for single people without kids.
In our missions, our priests and Brothers see firsthand the pain of single mothers who struggle to care for their children. The Bible tells us to care for the “least of these.”
That’s why, with the help of our benefactors, Trinity Missionaries offer summer programs to kids who need them the most — like at Sacred Heart Parish in Camden, Mississippi, where our Summer Enrichment Program allows low-income families to send their children to a safe place to learn and play.
Without us — without you — mothers and children struggling in the communities we serve would be lost.
Your prayers and support are a ray of hope in their lives.