Helping Hands for Single Moms

Helping Hands for Single Moms


Assisting impoverished single mom families while they pursue a college education and financial independence was born from a chance meeting between minister Chris Coffman and a small boy he saw walking alone on a sidewalk in 2001. Since then, HHT has been able to successfully launch in the Tucson community, establish partnerships with local businesses, foundations and service providers and position itself for future growth.

By 2015, HHT has made a tremendous impact on the Tucson community:

  • 450 -plus single mom families served since 2002
  • 74% of our full scholarship clients have graduated or are currently enrolled
  • 73 single mom families currently receive benefits
  • 3.2 cumulative average GPA achieved by Helping Hands moms since 2007
  • $44,600 – the starting average career salary of Helping Hands graduates
  • $2.75 million in serves and financial aid provided to hundreds of single mom college student families since 2002

When a single mom first enrolls in college, her family situation often becomes worse before it gets better. In addition to midterms, finals and term papers, the single mom must attempt to live on inadequate financial resources while maintaining a household, managing transportation challenges, and nurturing her children.

She is juggling school, family and work while facing loneliness, isolation, and low self-esteem. Together, these are significant challenges that often converge and can lead to dropping out of school. In order to facilitate success, Helping Hands for Single Moms provides a supportive program.

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