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Helping Hands for Single Moms Dallas expands capacity for fall

Written by Mindia Whittier

The program helps moms achieve financial independence by overcoming challenges that often lead to dropping out of school.

Helping Hands for Single Moms Dallas is currently recruiting participants to support more mothers for the Fall 2022 semester.

Helping Hands assists families of single moms who are pursuing a post secondary education in Dallas, Tarrant, Collin and Denton Counties. The organization accepts applications from low-income, single mom college students.

Participants are provided a monthly stipend, free AAA membership, assistance with auto repairs, emergency funds, tech assistance for computers and software, limited dental, medical and eye care for the mother, and a single mom network. Community and family outings, budget management, assistance with textbook purchases and tutoring are also offered, along with professional counseling and legal counsel.

Most potential applicants are enrolled in local community colleges in North Texas, with some attending four year institutions.

Support is awarded through a competitive process determined by needs and application essay responses. The number of applicants selected each year is based on the available funding.

Since 2002, Helping Hands for Single Moms has assisted hundreds of single moms in earning a college degree with a graduation rate over 78 percent. The average annual starting salary for its graduates is over $51,000, which demonstrates a dramatic increase from the average $9,700 income reported on its initial scholarship application.

Applications for the program are accepted online.

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Mindia Whittier