“They had ‘knights' escort us in to breakfast, and they handed us roses,” Moore said. “All the hostesses and speakers have been wonderful. It's been beautiful, and I'm loving it.”
Another participant, La Tonjia Roberts, echoed Moore's sentiments.
“I come every year, and I love it,” she said. “Anytime I can come to a single parent event, I do it.”
Volunteers Crystal Smith and Michelle McGhee, with City Reach, an outreach ministry of The Gate Church, said they coordinated a salon area where about 25 hairstylists from across the city, plus several cosmetology students from Francis Tuttle Technology Center, shampooed and styled hair, and moms were treated to manicures.
Smith said they also set up a boutique area where mothers were able to shop for clothing to coordinate a “makeover” outfit.
Kathy Miller, co-pastor of The Gate Church, said she and her City Reach volunteers were excited about the day for single moms.
She said in addition to the salon and boutique, they also offered Zumba fitness classes, as well as sessions on health and wellness, how to dress for an interview and the importance of inner healing.
“We were offered the opportunity because we just wanted to help single moms and do whatever we could to help,” she said. “We wanted to help the outer person plus the inner person. We wanted to do the whole person.”