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Honoring All Mothers this Mother’s Day
May 10, 2013
How do we honor our mothers? Hopefully on Sunday you will have an opportunity to convey your gratitude to the mothers in your life, your own mother, the mother of your children, and the mothers of your grandchildren, your nieces, and nephews. Please don’t forget take a moment this weekend to reflect on the mothers in our neighborhoods and communities who are struggling
We at the Alliance are beginning to hear stories about how poor mothers with children across the country are being affected by the spending cuts to assistance programs under sequestration. These cuts are further restricting an already fragile support system for low income families and taking a toll on the lives of mothers and their children.
Head Start programs that provide parenting support and child development services are being cut. Low income families are losing the housing subsidies they have been promised. And many of the women who will feel the impact of sequestration are survivors of domestic violence who have fled violent homes only to end up in emergency shelters.
This Mother’s Day, many of us will be fortunate enough to spend the day with a special person who has shown us unconditional love and care. While many of us will celebrate with food, laughter, and comfort, let us not forget the thousands of mothers who will spend this special day in homeless shelters, temporary housing, or on the streets.
Many of these mothers will spend this day without their children, having sent them to live with family or friends to protect them from the dangerous realities they face each day just trying to get by.
In honoring your own mother, and the many mothers in this country who are struggling, we hope you will consider making a gift in their name. The Alliance works diligently every day to end and prevent homelessness, and we simply could not do this work without the support of people like you who recognize that everyone deserves a place to call home.