Mom’s Closet Resource Center seeks to be a liaison between resources and services for single moms in Kentuckiana. MCRC is not welfare or charity, but rather what they call “a hand -UP.”
MCRC’s goal is to uplift the Spiritual, Physical and Emotional needs of single moms and empower them to seek quality of life through education and self-support
They work to “Change the future of Kentucky’s kids – one mom at a time.”
Mom’s Closet helps single mothers in two ways. Any single mother who is willing to provide ID and submit to a background check may come to the Center four times a year and receive food and clothing for herself and her children. They do not need a referral from another agency but must make appointments in advance.
Mom’s Closet also works with some mothers to create what they call a Life Plan. Before they are eligible, the women have to be working full time or in college. Moms entering this program also provide ID and approve a background check. Once they apply, they are interviewed by a committee.
Once a mom is accepted to the Life Plan, “we help her create a strategy for the next year, what to do and how to do it,” says founder Sheila Day. “We provide emotional, spiritual, and financial support, and we witness transformation.” Participants are encouraged to apply for every form of assistance, including food stamps and financial assistance for education. “The next step,” says Day, “is getting a job and losing that federal and local assistance. They learn it’s a stepping stone, not a way of life.”