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Broken Pieces

Do you feel or have you ever felt “broken” or as if your life was just in “pieces”? My guess is that a lot of you will automatically say no. If so, then I encourage you to really stop and think about your life both past and present. Have you ever lost a loved one or dear friend? I would guess that most of you will probably think about death. There are times when that loss is from a broken […]

When Bad Weather Hits

Icepocalypse, Noreaster, Snowmageddon, Polar Vortex…these are all common words use to describe winter storms. How do single moms cope when they are faced with school closures, road hazards, daycare closures due to inclement weather? We’ve seen moms lose their jobs, have their Families First childcare benefits jeopardized, and have to miss school because of lack of childcare. When bad weather hits, low-income, isolated single moms suffer the most: no childcare to be able to brave the snow and go to work […]


#TheStruggleIsReal – You hear that a lot these days on posts and tweets— Most of the struggles we talk about on social media are small annoyances that are real, but are not really struggles. Definitively, there are two types of struggle: literal and figurative. Literal, physical struggle is injuring; one is left with wounds needing treatment and time to heal. Figurative struggle, internal conflict, emotional or psychological turmoil can take longer to remedy. Struggle with Restoration House families looks different […]

TIME…is it more than just a clock?

Time to a lot of people can look or sound something like this… Is it 5:00 yet? How much time is left in an exciting TV show or movie they are watching? Mom, is it time to go to cheerleading practice? Hey Dad, it’s time to go to my football game! Yahoo, only 1 week until time to leave for VACATION!!! And for many people the best one is….It’s FOOTBALL time in Tennessee!!! Go Vols!! Time for a single mom […]

These Tired Places

I sat down in my seat waiting with excitement for the Christian Community Development Association’s (CCDA) opening plenary session. We had driven six hours to Raleigh, North Carolina, to attend the annual conference. Former NFL player and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Leroy Barber, and CCDA CEO Noel Castellanos, were speaking opening night. As I waited with anticipation to hear from some of my favorite CCDA leaders, a man sat down next to me. He introduced himself and we […]

God is Making All Things New

These past couple of months have been really busy for me. I’ve been a certified Faith and Finance facilitator for a couple of years but have recently been going through the process of becoming certified as a Lead Trainer or a ‘Trainer of Trainers’. Faith and Finances is a program through The Chalmers Center out of Chattanooga. You might know them as the authors of When Helping Hurts. For years we have used different types of financial curriculum at The […]