P.E.A.R.L.S. Program

Helping Single Mothers Achieve Self-sufficiency

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Providing Empowerment & Acceptance through Resources & Love for Single Parents

Assist-a-Pearl (Level I)

At level I, single mothers in need of financial assistance that are referred to us by partnering organizations are connected to a Pearl case manager that will discuss availability of possible assistance and resources. If single mom decides to follow through with available assistance and resources, we will begin to monitor level of motivation (a key domain*). If intrinsic motivation is assessed to be at a level of safe or higher, the single mom will be offered to advance to Level II (Pearl of Hope).

Pearl of Hope (Level II)

The Pearl of Hope level encourages single moms from Level I with a motivation level of safe or higher to move towards economic independence and self-sufficiency by being the conduit between the single mom and appropriate supportive services necessary to achieve independence. This program is for a select group of single moms in which each participant is provided weekly services at a partnering organization coordinated alongside access to the broader service programs that are available to single mother families. At this level, we expect participants to also attend the Getting Ahead Class that is presented by Pearl certified facilitators and gain stability in motivation and the capacity to move forward on three other key domains (financial, spiritual, mental) before advancing to Level III (Focus Pearl), where they will focus on educational and other intensive long-term goals.

Focus Pearl (Level III)

The Focus Pearl level provides a foundational model for mentorship, accountability and sustainability for the single mother family. Single mothers with stable or higher motivation will learn how to create a clear vision for their lives, and the lives of their children, while walking through each step with the support, love and guidance of a Pearl case manager and partnering organizations. It is expected that by participating at the Focus Pearl level, single mother families receive the resources and support necessary for them to complete higher learning, become fully self-sufficient, free of any type of government/county assistance, and stable or thriving in the majority of the twelve domains* (financial, spiritual, support systems, mental, emotional, physical, relationship and role models, hidden rules, formal register, motivation, coping strategies, and integrity).

*Adapted from Bridges Out of Poverty by Philip E. Devol and Ruby K. Payne
**Adapted from Boulder County Self-Sufficiency Matrix and Arizona Self-Sufficiency matrix
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Christina's Story

I became a single parent when my husband of 7 years abruptly left for his longtime affair.  My son, Rob was just 18 months old and my daughter, Samantha, had just turned 3. I was left without family close to support me, and shortly after, I began attending LifeBridge Christian Church’s Single Moms Group.

There are many struggles a single mom faces and debt was my challenge. Though I was blessed to hold a decent job, the refinance of our home, left me in a tight predicament. Though I was struggling to provide what my children needed, my income put me right above the cut off to receive any type of government assistance and even reduced school lunches for my children. I didn’t qualify for loans because my debt was too high and my income too low and the fact that I had good credit or a good job didn’t matter. I was unable to purchase a car and home repairs were out of the question. I felt I was pretty much stuck and just barely staying afloat.

When I was accepted into PEARL's Focus Pearl Program I was given an opportunity to re-evaluate my life by looking at where I was and how I wanted our future to look. As a single mom, focusing on the future was never something I was able to do because I was always focused on just surviving, staying afloat and keeping my children safe and happy. With support and encouragement from my Mentor Family and PEARL's Leadership Team, I was able to step back and look at my life, asking what it was that I wanted to do and where I wanted to be. I didn’t have that kind of support, in my life, before PEARL.

As I started the Focus Pearl Program, I began keeping a journal.  I looked at my finances, career, household needs, my children’s needs/wants and finally my personal life.  I set goals and took little steps like consolidating credit card bills.

I have been blessed to have been matched up with a great Mentor Family. I really thank Elaine and Pete for being my mentors. Elaine has been fantastic and really encouraged me to look at myself and set goals and dreams, for my children AND for myself, as well! Not only have I accomplished so many things thanks to Pearl’s Focus Pearl program, but I now have lifetime friendship established with Elaine!

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Paula's Story

PEARL has vowed their support, as I complete my education and work toward self-sufficiency. I have recently been accepted into PEARL's “Pearl of Hope” program, which has begun to provide weekly mentoring and assistance in making sure our needs are being met. I will never be able to thank these people enough for what they have done to change my life but I will continually pay it forward. I have been overwhelmed by their care and concern shown and see that they take personal interest in those with whom they are working. I have now completed my GED and am currently attending college. Through my own determination and all the help I have received, I am in the process of creating a life for my son and me that is secure, safe and full of love and hope. I am so grateful to all the people who have supported me, loved me, shown me there is hope and continue to be God’s hand in my life. With their help, I have learned there is nothing impossible with God! Nothing! And secure in that profound truth, I have found my smile again!

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Mary's Story

Before I joined this group, I considered myself a failure as a mother and wife. From the first time I attended, I realized that I wasn’t alone, and I wasn’t such a failure.

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