"Words are truly insufficient for the grace and generosity shown to my family and I during my hardship. Your monetary donation helped prevent my vehicle from getting repossessed due to being out of work on medical leave. This blessing helped relieve a lot of stress off of my shoulders. I am now able to sleep at night without worry. I am forever grateful."

- A mom who was helped

"I am so grateful for you and the AMAZING work you do! 'Thank You' really does not seem sufficient for how quickly the 10 Women step in to review applications and how generously you give! Y'all are truly a HUGE blessing to our community.

[Redacted] and her 4 boys are breathing so much easier after the incredibly generous financial help received paying rent and her car payment!! I was so excited to share with news with her and she expressed so much thanks... wants to meet you... asked about how she can volunteer to give back! I know she will pay it forward once she is able to. Thank you for being a resource that enables HOPE in people's lives. Y'all are THE BEST!! "

- Cobb School Social Worker

"In Cobb County, it is increasingly difficult for single parents to maintain financial stability due to the cost of living especially when they have just begun seeking a life of recovery and reunification with their children. Cobb Family Treatment Court is determined to help these single parents realize their goals and objectives and not to be deterred by financial setbacks, if possible. Thanks to the 10 Women of Hope, we can make that happen for many of our families."

- Linda, Family Treatment Court

"I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all you have done for me and my family. May your kindness and generosity return to you a hundredfold. You are such a wonderful blessing to many people, including me. Thank you so much, and may you continue your good works every single day. There are not enough words that can express just how much I appreciate your kindness and generosity to me and my family. May Our Mighty God Bless you and never lack in your lives. You are wonderful ladies. Thanks once more."

- A mom who was helped

“I am sending you my recently received stimulus check as my donation to your organization. Several years ago, I was financially struggling as a single mom. I am now happily married and able to pay it forward to help single moms that are in the situation I found myself in years ago. I was ecstatic to find your local organization and am so happy I’m in a place now where I can help others.”

- Anonymous Donor

"I delivered the check to the landlord right before we went on break. This parent was BESIDE HERSELF when I gave her the good news. She started celebrating and said that she had just been praying before I called her with no idea that she was going to receive such good news 🙂 This check enabled a parent to move herself and her children out of a motel room and into stable housing. The extra provided her piece of mind to be able to save a little bit and not be right on the edge. Thank you to the 10 Women team for providing such an enormous blessing to this sweet, deserving family! You ladies are so very appreciated. "

- Cara Creger, School Social Worker, Marietta City Schools

" On behalf of myself and my children, we are truly grateful and appreciative for your help during a major crisis in our lives.   We are still getting settled and organized.  The kids love their new home and had an opportunity to meet new friends in the community we reside in. It was very helpful to be able to stay in the same community seeing as though the children have experienced so much.  Their stability with their school was great to remain in tact.  Again, thank you for your help!!  I am praying GOD continues to provide and I can get fully back on my feet and make a stable, happy and safe living for my children."

- a mom who was helped

"This is amazing......I am stunned at your efficiency!!! Thank you so very much! Keep being amazing. You are absolutely changing lives for the better."

- Ramona Burkett, LiveSafe

"I keep a tight budget but was unable to make the ends meet this month... how i was in need of HELP!  I keep my faith and few hours I got word that they in fact did understand my position and will be able to help my family. They will probably never understand the joy I felt in knowing that literally they are keeping us off the street. I wish nothing but blessings and many thanks to the 10 Women of Hope. "

- from a mom who was helped

Again, thanks so much for approving my request and thanks to the other nine women as well. The thank you letter that the mom wrote really does a nice job in summarizing what you guys stand for. I didn't tell the mom anything except that it would be very appreciated if she would write a thank you note. She wrote it the same day and drove to my school to hand it to me. She also left a voicemail when she received my message that the request was approved. She was sobbing in her voicemail message. You guys have made a big difference in this mom and her two children's lives. I appreciate y'all!

- Cobb County School Social Worker

"I want to say Thank You with all my heart for the light in our path that you have brought to us. After praying non-stop, reaching out to agencies and even church, which I have been given the run around, you have given me a chance in this life for me and my children to be able to sleep under a roof. You have given me the opportunity to keep providing for my children and for a place for them to be at peace and rest. All I needed was a chance to start again and you gave me that chance. I thank you and I will always be grateful for what you have done for my little family. God answered my prayers through you! I will keep you in my prayers, so you can keep doing what you are doing for others, GIVING HOPE to others to keep going and not give up.
God Bless You!!

- Sandra (client we assisted)

When I think about the Ten Women of Hope all I can think is you should really be called Ten Angels!!! All of you are truly angels. You in your wisdom got that sometimes there are things a single mom will encounter which can mean the difference between keeping her family together and not. A broken down car is something that any of us could repair and if not we all have family members who would help us. The families we see cannot do either. That one obstacle , a broken down car, could result in a mom not getting to work, losing her job and/or losing her children because she cannot take care of them. That is one of many things you have done for one of our families. Just recently we had a mom who had a great job but due to her being laid off . As a result, she could not pay her mortgage, her utilities, etc. Then my favorite Ten Women came to her aid and this hard working single mom saw the light for the first time in what had felt like a dark world for her.

As Penny Warren recently said to me when we were talking about your group “it is a God thing”. That it is and we here at the Juvenile Court of Cobb County are so blessed by Ten Women!!! I am so sorry I cannot attend on the 30th but I will be at a meeting with the Casey Foundation about Family Drug Courts in Georgia. Please know that we are so very grateful for what you do to support our families. As a Court we are often asked to speak about how we get the “community buy in ”that we get in Cobb County for our two drug courts. It is always with great excitement that I talk about Ten Women and is not surprising that everyone in the state wishes they had their very own TEN WOMEN!!!

– Juanita Stedman, Former Cobb County Juvenile Court Judge

I cannot say enough about this organization and these 10 Women that use their talents... their hearts... their gifts to lift up so many single parents in our community.  Many of our families are hurting and struggling to make ends meet all while trying to make life "normal" and peaceful for their children.  This can be a very difficult road to go alone.  When these families entrust me with their story they are no longer alone and when a connection with 10 Women is made they know they belong to a community that cares.

I did a home visit this year to talk with a mom about some issues with her boys at school. In that visit she broke down in tears knowing that her boys needed her to be present more.  But due to some unforeseen financial expenses her full time job wasn't able to satisfy her rent and she was finding herself constantly stressed. In that moment I thought of 10 Women.  We talked more about her situation and I knew with a little additional support she would be a great candidate.  Her landlord told me she and her husband loved this family and loved those boys.  They have never raised her rent over the years and stepped in to help whenever possible.  While mom was behind more than one month's rent, she assured me that this mom was never in jeopardy of being evicted.  Wow--- what a landlord!!   I saw that she was already part of a wonderful community, one that I knew could grow even more supportive through 10 Women. I asked for WAY more than I thought was even possible for her rent and told them the landlord would be happy with whatever amount was able to be approved.  It was approved and10 Women paid it ALL.  When I told the mom she was so appreciative knowing that she could focus on the future and her boys.

When you look up the word hope it is defined as a feeling that something good will happen.  I know that when I connect the families with 10 Women something good most definitely will happen.  Connectedness, peace, calm, and joy becomes woven into the fabric of these families through your support.  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for loving and lifting our families.

- Kristin Hanfland, LCSW, School Social Worker, Marietta City Schools

10 Women of Hope is so appropriately named!  The clients that I have referred have often stated that they feel overwhelmed, hopeless, out of options, and alone.   I know when I submit an application to 10 Women, I breathe a sigh of relief.  I think to myself, “If anyone will help them it’s 10 Women.”  But I never promise my client anything.  Then, when I am able to make that call and say, “My resource has agreed to pay your mortgage!” my client’s entire mood and demeanor immediately changes.  Often the client cannot fully process what I am saying.   It is so unreal for them to believe that total strangers have come to their aid so immediately in the moment of their greatest need.  Very often a client will say, “Oh, people ARE good.”  Or, “I feel so blessed that someone helped me.”  Thank you 10 Women for transforming not only the lives of my clients, but also their outlook on life.

- Lynet S. Mortensen, LCSW, School Social Worker, McEachern H

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