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:
Attendees will learn how to identify good jobs and do well in job interviews, nutrition basics, self esteem building, coping skills and the importance of education.
“There's no reason why a mother shouldn't come because it's free: free child care, free breakfast, free manuals. It's a fun conference ... for the mother and her children,” Powell said.
The conference will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 28 at Britton Christian Church, 922 NW 91. Preregistration is required. Register at www.bethelfoundationusa.com or in person from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the foundation, 13003 N Western Ave.
Donations are accepted through the website or by mail. Checks should be made out to the Bethel Foundation and sent to 13003 N Western Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73114.