An organization committed to helping single parents will sponsor a Single Parent Family Fest on Saturday at State Fair Park, NW 10 and May Avenue.
Rhonda Thomas, founder and director of the Single Parent Support Network, said Saturday's event will include information sessions on such topics as parenting, extreme couponing, finding a job, parenting, special needs children and “Seven Habits of Soul Healthy Singles.”
Children will be treated to inflatables, the Safe Kids Oklahoma Safety Village, Spaghetti Eddie, a Character Corner, Oklahoma City Thunder NBA mascot Rumble and other entertainment.
“The bottom line on the family fest is to bring awareness to single-parent family issues and to bring resources to one place that single parents can access,” Thomas said.
Thomas, who is single mom to son Nathan, said she started the support network several years ago because she saw a need for an educational support system geared specifically for single parents. Thomas said single parents include divorced parents, widows and widowers and never-married single parents. The network also reaches out to foster and adoptive single parents, single grandparents, a parent whose spouse is incarcerated or gone for an extended period of time.
The network provides monthly gatherings for single parents, including guest speakers on topics such as money management and healthy cooking. The March 17 network gathering at Oklahoma City First Church of the Nazarene, 4400 Northwest Expressway, brought together single parents who rotated through several educational sessions.
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