Founded in 2008, The Pearl Group was established to help single parents and their dependent children move toward self-sufficiency by providing a variety of programs, including mentoring and encouragement, educational opportunities and scholarships, a transportation program and a free “thrift store” stocked with clothing and household items.
Why Single Parents?
The nation has seen a rapid increase in the number of single parent families, throughout the latter half of the 20th Century. This increase had, and continues to have, a major influence on the social, economic and political context of family life. According to the 2010 Census, the local area has over 7,300 households led by single parents, which account for nearly 24 percent of total households. These are our neighbors, our colleagues and our friends.
The Pearl Group feels that single parents, being solely responsible for meeting all of their family’s basic needs, are some of the world’s most courageous people and that the strong foundation of every community begins with healthy families. We believe that by providing encouragement and support while walking side-by-side with single parent families, we are all given an opportunity to be better neighbors and help create stronger families.
The Pearl Group defines single-parent families as families where a parent (or grandparent) lives with dependent children under the age of 18, either alone or in a larger household, without a spouse or partner.