Mentor Story

I didn’t realize [as a mentor] I’d have the opportunity to grow such a wonderful friendship with my student. It was so rewarding! It was a growing experience and a project in progress.

Susan’s Story

I am so grateful to Pearl for helping me get on the road to self-sufficiency. I was spending three to four hours a day on the bus with two young children. Between school drop-off and pick-up times, and the time spent in a bus line, I was looking for a couple part-time jobs with the hope of one of them allowing me to work at home during the evenings. Being on a single-mom schedule, my options were very limited, and I was losing hope that I would ever be able to work and support my family. Then the flood hit and I felt even more discouraged – doing the math, there was no way I could earn enough through my employment to pay for rent, childcare, healthcare and food costs while being dependent on the bus. At one point, I considered not working as hard, and instead just claiming disability and learning to be content with food stamps, rental, medical and childcare assistance. But then PEARL gave me hope that it is possible to be successful like other single moms in their programs. Now with new motivation, encouragement and a car received through the PEARL Transportation program, a whole new world of possibilities opened up for me: I now have a full-time job that pays my expenses, I started graduate school, and both of my children are in the same school with an after-school program. Thank you to PEARL for the opportunity to reach my goal of being self-sufficient.

Christina’s Story

I became a single parent when my husband of 7 years abruptly left for his longtime affair.  My son, Rob was just 18 months old and my daughter, Samantha, had just turned 3. I was left without family close to support me, and shortly after, I began attending LifeBridge Christian Church’s Single Moms Group. There are many struggles a single mom faces and debt was my challenge. Though I was blessed to hold a decent job, the refinance of our home, left me in a tight predicament. Though I was struggling to provide what my children needed, my income put me right above the cut off to receive any type of government assistance and even reduced school lunches for my children. I didn’t qualify for loans because my debt was too high and my income too low and the fact that I had good credit or a good job didn’t matter. I was unable to purchase a car and home repairs were out of the question. I felt I was pretty much stuck and just barely staying afloat. When I was accepted into PEARL’s Focus Pearl Program I was given an opportunity to re-evaluate my life by looking at where I was and how I wanted our future to look. As a single mom, focusing on the future was never something I was able to do because I was always focused on just surviving, staying afloat and keeping my children safe and happy. With support and encouragement from my Mentor Family and PEARL’s Leadership Team, I was able to step back and look at my life, asking what it was that I wanted to do and where I wanted to be. I didn’t have that kind of support, in my life, before PEARL. As I started the Focus Pearl Program, I began keeping a journal.  I looked at my finances, career, household needs, my children’s needs/wants and finally my personal life.  I set goals and took little steps like consolidating credit card bills. I have been blessed to have been matched up with a great Mentor Family. I really thank Elaine and Pete for being my mentors. Elaine has been fantastic and really encouraged me to look at myself and set goals and dreams, for my children AND for myself, as well! Not only have I accomplished so many things thanks to Pearl’s Focus Pearl program, but I now have lifetime friendship established with Elaine!

YOU ARE INVITED! A TASTE OF LONGMONT — PEARL’S FALL FUNDRAISER

You’re invited to Longmont’s hottest new event, Taste of Longmont! Join us September 18, 2021 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at Woodley’s Fine Furniture. Eat. Drink. Laugh & Mingle. Get to know Longmont residents and mingle at this festive event!  By attending this event you will not only enjoy a great night of fun and food, you will also be supporting a passionate non-profit in our Longmont community. Taste of Longmont is a fundraiser that supports the work of PEARL, a Longmont nonprofit helping single parents support their families.  Your contributions will go directly to transforming the lives of single parents and their dependent children move toward self-sufficiency by providing a variety of programs, including mentoring, financial assistance, educational opportunities, scholarships, and a transportation program. This year alone, we have provided $20,000 to help families with rent, utilities and groceries, $24,500 in COVID support for rent, utilities and groceries, $17,500 in vehicle repairs, three college scholarships to graduating seniors of single parent homes, and six vehicle donations. Help keep our community strong!  Celebrate and support the great work PEARL delivers by joining us at Taste of Longmont.  Become a VIP at Longmont’s hottest new event or get your tickets at bit.ly/TasteOfLongmont. If you’re not able to come to the event, please consider donating: bit.ly/TasteOfLongmont.

Donna Rippey Named Executive Director at PEARL Promise

June 25, 2021, Longmont, CO – PEARL Promise is proud to announce and welcome Donna Rippey as the Executive Director.   Rippey, originally from Pekin, IL, has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.  She has spent the last 10 years of her career with the Boys and Girls Clubs, where she has held various positions throughout her tenure and has experience working with boards, budgeting, volunteer management, fundraising, and planning. “Donna brings organizational and outreach experience that will serve our single parents and their children well.  We experienced a lot of growth during the pandemic and Donna brings the expertise for our broader and diverse client base,” says Hal Bagley, Board Chair. Outgoing Executive Director, Melissa Frick, will be transitioning to a Board role while focusing on her private counseling practice.  Frick was instrumental in not only navigating PEARL through the pandemic but growing Pearl in a manner that served our single parent families at a crucial time. “I am excited for this opportunity and to continue building on PEARL’s legacy within the Longmont Community,” Rippey said. Founded in 2008, PEARL Promise is a 501(c)3 organization in Longmont, CO, that 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, and a transportation program.  To learn more about PEARL Promise, please call (303)776-4963 or visit the organization’s website at www.pearlpromise.org. Photo Credit: @Eye_of_xander

Linda’s Story

I grew up in a very strict Independent, fundamental, Baptist home. I was in church 4 times a week, and “soul winning” on Saturday’s. But after graduating high school, I strayed away from the church, began making poor decisions, and compromising on my beliefs. Like many single moms, I made the decision to marry someone at the wrong time in my life, and it resulted in an eventual divorce. My choices left me the single mom of an amazing, smart and beautiful little girl, Lisa, but my unwavering stubbornness still closed my heart to all that God had in store for me. When Lisa was 3 months old she had heart surgery and was hospitalized for RSV 2 months later. I could no longer control my circumstances. I couldn’t keep it all together. I remember one night laying in bed crying out to God for forgiveness and begging for help. “God, I can’t do this alone!” I needed God to help me clean up the mess I made. A few weeks later, I was introduced to PEARL.  They helped me so much, especially with my car, ensuring that I have a safe and reliable vehicle to get Lisa and myself around. They have also fulfilled so many needs but the one that sticks out the most is Christ-like love and support. The support I get from my mentor and the other beautiful women, at the Single Moms’ Group, has gotten me through the darkest time of my life. Their constant encouragement and uplifting words continue to motivate my walk with Christ, showing me that God does have a plan for me and it is better than anything I could ever foster on my own. Being a single mom is the hardest, but most rewarding job I have ever had. I can’t imagine doing it without the help of the Single Moms’ Group. All of this support would not be possible without PEARL, LifeBridge Christian Church and the volunteers involved with the Single Moms Group. I could never thank them enough for the love and support.

Diane’s Story

PEARL has helped me so much with my car, ensuring I have a safe and reliable vehicle for my daughter, Andrea, and myself to get around. They have fulfilled so many needs but the one that sticks out the most is Christ-like love and support. The support I get from my mentor, and other beautiful women has gotten me through the darkest time of my life. Their constant encouragement and uplifting words continue to motivate my walk with Christ, show me that God does have a plan for me and it is better than anything I could every foster on my own.

Linda’s Story

I grew up in a very strict Independent, fundamental, Baptist home. I was in church 4 times a week, and “soul winning” on Saturday’s. But after graduating high school, I strayed away from the church, began making poor decisions, and compromising on my beliefs. Like many single moms, I made the decision to marry someone at the wrong time in my life, and it resulted in an eventual divorce. My choices left me the single mom of an amazing, smart and beautiful little girl, Lisa, but my unwavering stubbornness still closed my heart to all that God had in store for me. When Lisa was 3 months old she had heart surgery and was hospitalized for RSV 2 months later. I could no longer control my circumstances. I couldn’t keep it all together. I remember one night laying in bed crying out to God for forgiveness and begging for help. “God, I can’t do this alone!” I needed God to help me clean up the mess I made. A few weeks later, I was introduced to PEARL.  They helped me so much, especially with my car, ensuring that I have a safe and reliable vehicle to get Lisa and myself around. They have also fulfilled so many needs but the one that sticks out the most is Christ-like love and support. The support I get from my mentor and the other beautiful women, at the Single Moms’ Group, has gotten me through the darkest time of my life. Their constant encouragement and uplifting words continue to motivate my walk with Christ, showing me that God does have a plan for me and it is better than anything I could ever foster on my own. Being a single mom is the hardest, but most rewarding job I have ever had. I can’t imagine doing it without the help of the Single Moms’ Group. All of this support would not be possible without PEARL, LifeBridge Christian Church and the volunteers involved with the Single Moms Group. I could never thank them enough for the love and support.

Volunteer Story

I’ve helped out with car repairs for the car clinic. The single parents are so grateful that we check out their cars and get them running again. I’m glad to use my skills

Mary’s Story

Before I joined this group, I considered myself a failure as a mother and wife. From the first time I attended, I realized that I wasn’t alone, and I wasn’t such a failure

Paula’s Story

Our mentor has been the most amazing person that came into our lives. She ‘adopted’ our family and made Christmas the best ever. My daughter gained a great friend and mentor. We are blessed to have her.

Mentor Story

Our mentor has been the most amazing person that came into our lives. She ‘adopted’ our family and made Christmas the best ever. My daughter gained a great friend and mentor. We are blessed to have her.

Volunteer Story

I enjoy serving the [Single Moms’ Group] dinners. The women are so appreciative about having home-cooked meals

Volunteer Story

I sort clothes at The Closet. The families who come are so thankful for the nice clothing

Kathy’s Story

Being a single parent can be quite challenging. It often means taking care of a lot of people and tasks with little support. Pearl has blessed us in various areas of our lives and at various times; assistance with rent (while attending college), gift cards from time-to-time (when my food stamps don’t seem to stretch the needs of the month), their Car Clinic (has helped keep my car in running order), and the readily available prayer, which gets me through difficult times. I am enrolled in school and on my way to being a High School English teacher so that I may improve our lifestyle and care for my family in a manner that is satisfying. Pearl is a real blessing, I can lean on their support in times of need; it makes me feel as though I’m not doing it all alone.  I’m so very thankful for them.

Rebecca’s Story

I became a single parent 17 years ago when my husband got physically violent with my children and me. I was in my senior year of college and being that the violence reached a life-threatening level, I was forced to drop out and take my children to safety. Immediately after our separation, my husband emptied our bank account and our home of all our possessions. At this time, my children were ages 6, 3, 2 and 1. I found myself alone with four babies, no home, no job, no completed education, no money and nowhere to go for help and support. I was completely devastated and had absolutely no idea of how we were going to make it. We had to move every year, sometimes more than once a year, with instances of homelessness and having to sleep in our car. I often worked multiple minimum wage jobs but felt like there was never enough money and things were never going to get better because I had no way to provide a better life for my children. I felt like I was stuck and lost a lot of sleep thinking of ways to stay afloat one more month while trying to become self-sufficient. Along the way, I was directed to PEARL’s Car Care Clinic where they have helped to keep cars running and ensure people get to work, school and other necessary appointments. That was a big help, but I was also able to shop for free clothing for my family, as well as career clothes, through Pearl’s “Closet” clothing store. PEARL also offered a class this past summer called Getting Ahead in a “Just Getting By World” where participants took a look at their own situation while establishing a future plan of how to accomplish their aspirations. I also got involved with PEARL’s Focus Pearl Program. They offered scholarships to interested single parents, and provided me the opportunity to return to school through collaboration with the Precision Manufacturing program through Front Range Community College. I am currently more then halfway through the program, and have an A in class, but I would have never had this opportunity if it weren’t for PEARL’s financial support. Job interviews have already begun and I am, once again, feeling hopeful and seeing light at the end of the tunnel.

Mentor Story

My parents quietly provided food, shelter, rent money, and love to hundreds of people with various needs in my hometown community throughout their lives. I promised God I would give back to others when my family was grown as a means of serving Him & honoring my parents. In addition, the only legacies I want to leave my own daughters are serving God and caring for others. It is because of these reasons that I volunteer at Kid’s Hope. The child I mentor, and her family are the added blessings I receive. Weekly she brings to me a fresh perspective of a young life in a very complicated blended family. My appreciation for her mom’s struggles and decisions opens my narrowly focused life to the ‘real’ world folks around us are experiencing. Their struggles provide topics of prayer and ideas for campaigning for needs for her family. I am realistic and understand my influence will not change or alter her life. But God can. It is my job to supply the opportunity for Him to speak to her heart.

What percentage of PEARL’s raised funds go to client services?

For the 2014-2015 fiscal year, approximately 95% of all expenses were allocated to providing client services. PEARL is serious about being a good steward of our resources and providing our clients with the most comprehensive services possible. We have a large and dedicated crew of volunteers and make significant efforts to keep overhead/administrative costs low.

What is PEARL’s relationship with local faith communities?

PEARL is a faith-based organization, branching out from LifeBridge Christian Church in 2012. With a focus on building relationships and resources, we work hard to build strong connections between PEARL and local faith communities in an effort to build a stronger and more united community. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, PEARL’s employees, board members, volunteers and participants shall not discriminate against any person or persons on the basis of age, race, color, creed, national origin, ethnicity, gender, religious affiliation, political affiliation or disability.

Are there other local organizations serving single-parent families? If so, how do you ensure there is no duplication of services?

Yes. Other community organizations provide services to single-parent families, and PEARL works to fill in missing pieces of the puzzle as determined by what individual families need. In addition, PEARL is consistently in contact with local partners to communicate service areas, populations served and areas of need. This communication helps alleviate the chance of duplicating services while improving the stewardship of our donor resources

How does PEARL track success?

Using a “Taxonomy of Outcomes,” PEARL evaluates specific program-centered outputs, program-centered outcomes, participant-centered outcomes, organization-centered outcomes and community-centered outcomes, monitoring everything from the number of cars being repaired, to change in behavior and the grades of kids involved in the Pearl Kids Mentoring Program.

Specific to the levels within the P.E.A.R.L.S. Program, we have created an evaluation process developed through a unique combination of the Boulder County’s Self Sufficiency Index and concepts within Bridges Out of Poverty. The evaluation measures participants in 12 domains (resources) and are scored as thriving, stable, safe, vulnerable or being in crisis. This is unique in that The Pearl Group is comprehensive in the approach, yet it uses an established set of recognized criteria. Specific to PEARL’s Taxonomy of Outcomes, these progresses support the effectiveness of the program in terms of improving upon skills, attitude and readiness, enriched behavior and enhanced status and economic condition.

What does PEARL do?

PEARL helps single parents work toward self-sufficiency by providing support and connecting them to community resources. We have programs ranging from kids mentoring to car care clinics, that provide safety checks and oil changes. Some emergency assistance is available, but the majority of our services are focused on skill building, independence and improving familial stability

How does PEARL screen single parents for eligibility?

All single parents, and their children, are eligible to receive support from PEARL. We request that applicants provide information to support their single parent status but understand that each situation is unique.

What services are available through PEARL?

For the 2014-2015 fiscal year, approximately 95% of all expenses were allocated to providing client services. PEARL is serious about being a good steward of our resources and providing our clients with the most comprehensive services possible. We have a large and dedicated crew of volunteers and make significant efforts to keep overhead/administrative costs low.