PEARL program helps single parents achieve self-empowerment and self-sufficiency

Dear TRENDS Diary -

The pandemic and the ongoing surge in real-estate values have conspired to make this an especially precarious time for single parents in Boulder County. 

The average annual salary it takes to buy a house in Colorado is now a little over $100,000. It’s almost impossible for a single parent to make that kind of income. 

Single-parent families in Boulder County are five times more likely to live in poverty than married couples with children. All of your everyday challenges are compounded when you are mother, father and taxi all in one. 

At PEARL, the question is not, “What can we do for you?” It is, “What do you need from us to achieve self-empowerment and self-sufficiency?” 

Here's how we help: Once a month, we partner with local mechanics who perform oil changes and safety checks on your cars. When people donate their cars to us, we fix them up and get them out to single parents in need. 

In specific response to COVID, we'll give you a hand paying for your groceries or rent or utility bills. 

Longer term, we walk with you side-by-side to achieve your higher-education goals at colleges and trade schools. We make sure you have all the resources you need at home so you can focus on school. 

So far in 2021, we have made about $65,000 available to single parents in Longmont, Boulder, the St. Vrain School District and Weld County. 

PEARL was founded in 2008 by LifeBridge Church in Longmont, and while we are a Christ-centered organization, we do not require any religious affiliation for you to receive our assistance. 

We do not preach. We are just trying to do good and purposeful works for people in our community. 

We love everybody. Learn more at pearlpromise.org.

– Donna Rippey, as told to John Moore