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DaAnne Smith: Bob Kellar calls on community to hear King Solomon’s message

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Posted: March 17, 2009 7:31 p.m.
Updated: March 18, 2009 4:30 a.m.
Can any of us imagine - right here in Santa Clarita - a mom and her children sleeping in their car? It may sound unbelievable, but they are coming to Single Mothers Outreach for help. In the last two weeks, I have talked with seven families that were homeless or about to become homeless.

Recently, the mother of two boys called me after she was evicted from the home she was renting because the bank foreclosed on the homeowner. She is a hard-working self-employed mother, raising her sons alone while attending college. Her credit was ruined after her divorce, and as a result she has not been able to pass a credit check to rent an apartment. She is currently living in a hotel with her children.

I spoke to another mom whom I discovered was working full time at a business in the industrial center but living in her car.

At last week's City Council meeting, Councilman Bob Kellar called on the residents of Santa Clarita to reach out to one another in these difficult times. Single Mothers Outreach is working with dozens of families in similar circumstances: hard-working single parents, moms attending college trying to create more opportunities to provide for their families; and moms who are working but not making enough to rent a small, modest apartment.

King Solomon said that two are better than one because when one falls the other can pick him up. Who picks up a single mother when she falls? For many of us, these are difficult times. For most of us, there is some degree of financial hardship, but we are not anywhere near the threat of homelessness. And for most of us, there is someone nearby to help and encourage and even lend us a financial hand if we need it. For the single mom living in a hotel or in her car, there is desperation.

I am appealing to the residents of Santa Clarita to put Bob Kellar's and the words of King Solomon's into action. These single moms and their children need your help.

How can you help?
• Job Opportunities - Let Single Mothers Outreach know about jobs in your organization, in the community or nearby communities.
• Considering renting a room(s) in your home to help a family get back on their feet.
• Make a financial contribution to Single Mothers Outreach.
• Support our upcoming golf tournament and wine-tasting event at Robinson Ranch Golf Course Wednesday, April 1.
• Get involved. Contact Single Mothers Outreach at (661) 288-0117 or

DaAnne Smith is executive director of Single Mothers Outreach of Santa Clarita. Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.


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