Honor moms everywhere this Mother’s Day.
Parenting is one of life’s greatest joys—and struggles. After all, we all want what’s best for our children, but how can you provide “the best” when your family is also struggling with homelessness?
This Mother’s Day, you can help young mothers who have come to YouthLink in search of resources by making a donation to support their journey.
“I don’t think I would have made it without YouthLink and the diapers they help provide,” says Tanya* with a smile. “Being a mom and homeless; it’s the hardest thing in the world. When you have kids, it’s a huge responsibility. You’re always worrying if where you’re staying is safe, and it’s hard on the kids—they feel what you feel, they can tell when something’s wrong.”
Joy*, cradling her 3-month-old baby girl, echoes Tanya’s thoughts. “I was homeless the whole time I was pregnant with my little girl; through the hottest—and coldest—seasons of the year. The worst was having no place to just sit down, to lay down, to be comfortable.”
Joy lost her housing after she escaped a dangerous domestic situation, but found she didn’t have to face her pregnancy alone. “By the grace of God, YouthLink made sure I had somewhere to go; I was so scared.”
Her little girl coos, and she smiles down, “I just want to be a good mom.”
Tanya agrees, “Having kids is hard. But having someone who just loves you, unconditionally, that makes you want to be better. My kids made me change my life for the better. I don’t know where I’d be without them.”
Honor moms everywhere this Mother’s Day, and make a donation in support of mothers like Tanya and Joy.
*Names changed to protect client privacy