Susan

My name is Susan, and I’ve been a Focus PEARL since August 2021. I have a 10-year-old son named Gil. I am pursuing a career as a Victim Advocate. Meeting people in the midst of their grief is both an honor, and humbling. Grief is both beautiful & brutal. And, in no way linear. I’m grateful for PEARL for so many reasons. First, the emotional support, the encouragement, the kindness, and love is immeasurable. PEARL has given me the ability to love myself when I haven’t been able to; PEARL has strengthened my faith. To say I like one part of the program over the other is impossible, as every offering within PEARL has built my confidence, has encouraged me, and has provided in some way for my family. This is my family’s year to Thrive, to Prosper, and to Heal; and it is possible through supporters like you, through the good work that PEARL does, and at the center of it all, God.

Robin

My name is Robin, and I am grateful to be a part of the Focus PEARL Program since 2016. I have one amazing son whom I am blessed with…9-year-old Ryder David- the Warrior Knight. I am wrapping up my last class of grad school at Colorado Christian University. I will earn a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the end of this month after 7.5 grueling years in college as a working single-mom managing through a pandemic. Finally at the finish line! PEARL makes this possible simply by showing love, kindness, encouragement, and support. Not to mention, the food cards in which my family has been receiving has helped immensely in sustaining us throughout my higher education advancement. Plus, the kids mentoring, car clinics, financial planning, counseling, and ongoing guidance–I am forever thankful. What I like best about the program is the folks who are supporting the cause. PEARL holds a very special place in my heart. So much so that I am now creating non-profit programs to support marginalized groups in case management needs through an 8-dimensional wellness program. Our community is fortunate to have PEARL.

Chandler

Hi, my name is Chandler and I have been a Focus PEARL since January 2019. I have one son named Lincoln and he is 1 year old. I started the program to get education as a medical assistant and I graduated in December of 2021. I’m now working as a medical assistant and will be continuing my education to become a nurse. PEARL helps me by helping me with a quiet place to study and they also provide support to me as well because I know I always have someone to turn to for anything I need whether it’s school related or life. They have become second moms to me and have given me support in life I never had growing up.

Jazzmen

My name is Jazzmen and I’ve been part of the Focus PEARL program since 2019. I have 5 kids: Nikkoli, Avvery, Derrik’y, Cullen, and Jazzmyn. I am pursuing an education in Counseling and Addiction. I will be starting a program the beginning of March for yoga instruction to enhance my credentials. PEARL makes this possible because I receive support from women who are so uplifting and build me up when life tries to beat me down. PEARL helps me with gas expenses and helps make holidays more meaningful for my children. What I like best about the program is the support and the woman involved.

Terhia

Hi, my name is Terhia and I have been part of the Focus PEARL program since May of 2021. I have 6 children, 3 of which still live with me at home. I am going to school to complete my EMT clinicals. PEARL has provided help through the Car Care Clinic, emergency bill payments, books, gift cards used for gas & groceries. I have also received classes on financial literacy, daily/spiritual mentoring and so much more. This all helps me to be less stressed about how I’m going to get through so I can focus on studying, appointments, and being a mom. I love the entire mission of PEARL.

Melodie

My name is Melodie and I’ve been part of the Focus PEARL program since 2018. I am a single mom of three boys: 12, 10, & 3. I’m going to school for an Integrative Health Professions of Applied Science Associates degree (AKA a Holistic Health degree). PEARL makes this possible because they offer me food and gas gift cards, they help me obtain tools needed for school, and they also help me when something happens to my vehicle. When an emergency comes up, they are also able to help provide assistance. What I like best about the program, is that not only do they help provide financial and physical assistance, but they mentor me. They offer positive role models, spiritual guidance, and friendship. I love and appreciate the opportunity to work with the awesome ladies at PEARL!

Taylor

My name is Taylor. I’ve been part of the Focus PEARL program since 2016. I have 2 kids and I’m going to school for nursing. PEARL makes this possible because I’m able to focus on school with the hope to one day be able to provide more for my boys. What I like best about the program is the friendships and relationships I’ve made over the years with women in a similar situation than me. I don’t have family nearby, but because of PEARL, I have a family of women who are constantly checking on my kids and I.

Erika

My name is Erika, I have 4 kids (3 still living with me) and I have been a Focus PEARL since Fall of 2021. I’m going to school for business, and I have been a massage therapist for 17 years. PEARL makes it possible because it gives me hope and helps financially with gas cards and helping fix my car in the shop! What I like best about the program is the help and hope it gives me knowing I’m not alone. I have 2 family members & no friends, so I was feeling completely alone.

Cheyenne

My name is Cheyenne and I’ve been part of the Focus PEARL Program since 2020. I have 1 daughter – she’s 1 year old and her name is Maliah. I’m going to school to be a pediatric dental assistant. PEARL made this possible by paying my school tuition in full and gifting me a vehicle. What I like best about the program is that even when life gets busy, I am still able to stay the in the program. PEARL is a group that I know I can turn to for moral, emotional, and financial support to help me reach my goals.

Jenna

My name is Jenna. I’ve been a part of the Focus Pearl Program since September 2021. I have 2 amazing sons. I am going to school to become a Certified Wellness Coach-specializing in lifestyle and behavior change. I am extremely appreciative for PEARL! The Focus PEARL program enables me to be able to concentrate and focus on my education; in order for me to better myself, my children and to be able to give back to the community. I wouldn’t have been able to return to school without assistance of this remarkable organization. I am forever grateful!

Shannon

Hi, my name is Shannon, and I have been a Focus PEARL since 2019. I have three beautiful babies — a girl and two boys. I am currently going to school to get my Bachelor’s in Psychology. I hope to work at Boulder County Housing and Human Services when I get my degree. PEARL makes my dream possible by helping support me with gift cards for household necessities and with car repairs. They also have wonderful staff that spend time with you and help encourage you to make better choices in life. I am so grateful for this program.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 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

Who does PEARL serve?

PEARL provides services to single parents who have dependent children under the age of 18 living in their home. The single parent (or grandparent) may live alone or in a larger household

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.