Pearl Stories

Hear from the families, volunteers, and donors touched by PEARL

THE WHOLE COMMUNITY BENEFITS

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No matter how you are involved with PEARL, you will feel strengthened and connected to others in this amazing community. Here's what our community members are saying.

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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Mentor Story

My parents quietly provided food, shelter, rent money, and love to hundreds of people with various needs in my hometown community throughout their lives. I promised God I would give back to others when my family was grown as a means of serving Him & honoring my parents. In addition, the only legacies I want to leave my own daughters are serving God and caring for others. It is because of these reasons that I volunteer at Kid’s Hope. The child I mentor, and her family are the added blessings I receive. Weekly she brings to me a fresh perspective of a young life in a very complicated blended family. My appreciation for her mom’s struggles and decisions opens my narrowly focused life to the ‘real’ world folks around us are experiencing. Their struggles provide topics of prayer and ideas for campaigning for needs for her family. I am realistic and understand my influence will not change or alter her life. But God can. It is my job to supply the opportunity for Him to speak to her heart.”

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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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Linda's Story

I grew up in a very strict Independent, fundamental, Baptist home. I was in church 4 times a week, and "soul winning" on Saturday's. But after graduating high school, I strayed away from the church, began making poor decisions, and compromising on my beliefs.

Like many single moms, I made the decision to marry someone at the wrong time in my life, and it resulted in an eventual divorce. My choices left me the single mom of an amazing, smart and beautiful little girl, Lisa, but my unwavering stubbornness still closed my heart to all that God had in store for me.

When Lisa was 3 months old she had heart surgery and was hospitalized for RSV 2 months later. I could no longer control my circumstances. I couldn't keep it all together. I remember one night laying in bed crying out to God for forgiveness and begging for help. "God, I can't do this alone!" I needed God to help me clean up the mess I made.

A few weeks later, I was introduced to PEARL.  They helped me so much, especially with my car, ensuring that I have a safe and reliable vehicle to get Lisa and myself around. They have also fulfilled so many needs but the one that sticks out the most is Christ-like love and support. The support I get from my mentor and the other beautiful women, at the Single Moms’ Group, has gotten me through the darkest time of my life. Their constant encouragement and uplifting words continue to motivate my walk with Christ, showing me that God does have a plan for me and it is better than anything I could ever foster on my own.

Being a single mom is the hardest, but most rewarding job I have ever had. I can't imagine doing it without the help of the Single Moms’ Group. All of this support would not be possible without PEARL, LifeBridge Christian Church and the volunteers involved with the Single Moms Group. I could never thank them enough for the love and support.

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Volunteer Story

I’ve helped out with car repairs for the car clinic. The single parents are so grateful that we check out their cars and get them running again. I’m glad to use my skills.

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Volunteer Story

I enjoy serving the [Single Moms’ Group] dinners. The women are so appreciative about having home-cooked meals.

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Susan's Story

I am so grateful to Pearl for helping me get on the road to self-sufficiency. I was spending three to four hours a day on the bus with two young children. Between school drop-off and pick-up times, and the time spent in a bus line, I was looking for a couple part-time jobs with the hope of one of them allowing me to work at home during the evenings.

Being on a single-mom schedule, my options were very limited, and I was losing hope that I would ever be able to work and support my family. Then the flood hit and I felt even more discouraged – doing the math, there was no way I could earn enough through my employment to pay for rent, childcare, healthcare and food costs while being dependent on the bus.

At one point, I considered not working as hard, and instead just claiming disability and learning to be content with food stamps, rental, medical and childcare assistance. But then PEARL gave me hope that it is possible to be successful like other single moms in their programs. Now with new motivation, encouragement and a car received through the PEARL Transportation program, a whole new world of possibilities opened up for me: I now have a full-time job that pays my expenses, I started graduate school, and both of my children are in the same school with an after-school program.

Thank you to PEARL for the opportunity to reach my goal of being self-sufficient.

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Diane's Story

PEARL has helped me so much with my car, ensuring I have a safe and reliable vehicle for my daughter, Andrea, and myself to get around. They have fulfilled so many needs but the one that sticks out the most is Christ-like love and support. The support I get from my mentor, and other beautiful women has gotten me through the darkest time of my life. Their constant encouragement and uplifting words continue to motivate my walk with Christ, show me that God does have a plan for me and it is better than anything I could every foster on my own.

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Volunteer Story

I sort clothes at The Closet. The families who come are so thankful for the nice clothing.

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Mentor Story

Our mentor has been the most amazing person that came into our lives. She ‘adopted’ our family and made Christmas the best ever. My daughter gained a great friend and mentor. We are blessed to have her.

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Rebecca's Story

I became a single parent 17 years ago when my husband got physically violent with my children and me. I was in my senior year of college and being that the violence reached a life-threatening level, I was forced to drop out and take my children to safety. Immediately after our separation, my husband emptied our bank account and our home of all our possessions. At this time, my children were ages 6, 3, 2 and 1. I found myself alone with four babies, no home, no job, no completed education, no money and nowhere to go for help and support. I was completely devastated and had absolutely no idea of how we were going to make it. We had to move every year, sometimes more than once a year, with instances of homelessness and having to sleep in our car. I often worked multiple minimum wage jobs but felt like there was never enough money and things were never going to get better because I had no way to provide a better life for my children. I felt like I was stuck and lost a lot of sleep thinking of ways to stay afloat one more month while trying to become self-sufficient.

Along the way, I was directed to PEARL's Car Care Clinic where they have helped to keep cars running and ensure people get to work, school and other necessary appointments. That was a big help, but I was also able to shop for free clothing for my family, as well as career clothes, through Pearl’s “Closet” clothing store. PEARL also offered a class this past summer called Getting Ahead in a “Just Getting By World” where participants took a look at their own situation while establishing a future plan of how to accomplish their aspirations.

I also got involved with PEARL's Focus Pearl Program. They offered scholarships to interested single parents, and provided me the opportunity to return to school through collaboration with the Precision Manufacturing program through Front Range Community College. I am currently more then halfway through the program, and have an A in class, but I would have never had this opportunity if it weren’t for PEARL's financial support. Job interviews have already begun and I am, once again, feeling hopeful and seeing light at the end of the tunnel.

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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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Kathy's Story

Being a single parent can be quite challenging. It often means taking care of a lot of people and tasks with little support. Pearl has blessed us in various areas of our lives and at various times; assistance with rent (while attending college), gift cards from time-to-time (when my food stamps don’t seem to stretch the needs of the month), their Car Clinic (has helped keep my car in running order), and the readily available prayer, which gets me through difficult times.

I am enrolled in school and on my way to being a High School English teacher so that I may improve our lifestyle and care for my family in a manner that is satisfying. Pearl is a real blessing, I can lean on their support in times of need; it makes me feel as though I’m not doing it all alone.  I’m so very thankful for them.

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Linda's Story

I grew up in a very strict Independent, fundamental, Baptist home. I was in church 4 times a week, and "soul winning" on Saturday's. But after graduating high school, I strayed away from the church, began making poor decisions, and compromising on my beliefs.

Like many single moms, I made the decision to marry someone at the wrong time in my life, and it resulted in an eventual divorce. My choices left me the single mom of an amazing, smart and beautiful little girl, Lisa, but my unwavering stubbornness still closed my heart to all that God had in store for me.

When Lisa was 3 months old she had heart surgery and was hospitalized for RSV 2 months later. I could no longer control my circumstances. I couldn't keep it all together. I remember one night laying in bed crying out to God for forgiveness and begging for help. "God, I can't do this alone!" I needed God to help me clean up the mess I made.

A few weeks later, I was introduced to PEARL.  They helped me so much, especially with my car, ensuring that I have a safe and reliable vehicle to get Lisa and myself around. They have also fulfilled so many needs but the one that sticks out the most is Christ-like love and support. The support I get from my mentor and the other beautiful women, at the Single Moms’ Group, has gotten me through the darkest time of my life. Their constant encouragement and uplifting words continue to motivate my walk with Christ, showing me that God does have a plan for me and it is better than anything I could ever foster on my own.

Being a single mom is the hardest, but most rewarding job I have ever had. I can't imagine doing it without the help of the Single Moms’ Group. All of this support would not be possible without PEARL, LifeBridge Christian Church and the volunteers involved with the Single Moms Group. I could never thank them enough for the love and support.

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Mentor Story

I didn’t realize [as a mentor] I’d have the opportunity to grow such a wonderful friendship with my student. It was so rewarding! It was a growing experience and a project in progress.

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