About Us

Our Purpose

Helping Hands for Single Moms’ mission is assisting low income single mom families as the mother attains a post-secondary, financial independence, and positive family legacy.

In order to facilitate success, Helping Hands for Single Moms provides a supportive program.

Our Program

Helping Hands for Single Moms works in partnership with communities to improve the lives of single mom college student families living in poverty. We promote the success of these single moms by providing a financial scholarship plus services package, “Scholarship Plus”. These services are tailored to meet the unique needs of a single mom and delivered in collaboration with local academic institutions, businesses, clubs, churches, and other non-profits.

The Scholarship Plus program provides each family with an annual financial scholarship, auto repair, AAA towing, dental care, tax preparation, holiday gifts, and family outings. Our monthly Single Mom College Community gatherings are a place for personal and professional development where they learn about budgeting, appropriate dress, job interview skills, and receive other valuable support. Single moms often feel alone in their busy life so peer mentoring and encouragement are beneficial toward their success.

Our Recipients

Program recipients are women making incredible sacrifices as they work part-time, attend college full-time, and raise a family on their own. Due to the competitive nature of our program a typical accepted applicant meets this profile:

  • Does not live with a domestic partner
  • Consistent employment history
  • Completed one college semester with a 3.0 GPA
  • Interview demonstrating diligence, perseverance, and a plan for success

Once accepted, to remain in the program a minimum of 9 credit hours and 2.8 GPA per semester are required as confirmed through submitted transcripts. We remain in constant contact with moms assisting those who face challenges along the way.

Our History

Founder Chris Coffman was inspired to create Helping Hands for Single Moms when confronted with a lost boy wandering the streets whose single mom was asleep at home. His vision began initially as a pilot project in 2002 and advanced through collaborative research with Arizona State University’s Partnership for Community Development ultimately launching in 2006. Since then, the award winning program has provided over $6 million in scholarships and supportive services to hundreds of low-income single mom college student families.