Lynda K. Powell knows how difficult it is to be a single mother. For years she struggled to raise her family alone.
“Through that hardship and just being at the bottom of the bottom, I cried out to the Lord to help me out of this mess of my life and show me how to help other women like me,” said Powell, 60.
Somehow she found her way through her despair.
In 2004, she founded the Bethel Foundation, a nonprofit aimed at helping single mothers and their children. The group provides housing assistance, mentoring, rehabilitation, support and scholarships, despite a lack of reliable funding.
“We don't know where our next dollar is coming from,” Powell said. “We have no government grants and aren't part of United Way or anything. We rely solely on donations. That's what I mean when I say we're faith-based. We rely on the Lord to provide for everything.”
In turn, Powell's group gives back. In April, it will host its fourth annual Spring Conference for Single Moms, a free event that includes food, child care (for children up to age 12) and educational forums.
Among the highlights:
Legal advice. Attendees will learn how to fill out legal forms, such as victim protective orders, so they won't have to pay attorneys for those services.
Computer skills. Instruction will be provided on basic computing skills, such as word processing and Internet usage.