o_O (flordeviento) wrote in single_mother,


Hi everyone... My name's Kari, I'm 22 and I am just recently a single mom as of about a week ago. I have an eleven week old son who is just the greatest. I was trying to make it work with his dad, but he has a drinking and pot problem and violated his felony probation and is incarcerated for the foreseeable future. It sounds so trashy when I read it over... He is really a good guy with a golden heart but he drinks to cope with his emotions and the decisions he makes while inebriated are some of the dumbest I've ever heard of (ex- "I just lost my job, so I'll go get hammered and break into unlocked cars in front of the bar to find things to pawn to support my family"). I was soley dependent on him as I was a SAHM and now I'm living with his family because we were evicted from our apartment (can't pay the rent in jail, dumbass) and my car kicked the bucket. I guess bad things really do happen in threes...

So ANYWAY, I have food stamps and just applied for TANF and I have decided to go to school to be a massage therapist. It's a 6 month course, you get certified and can enter the workforce. Do any of you single mothers have experience with going back to school? In FL would be great but anywhere really I guess. I'm going to be working part time and hopefully going to school full time to get my certification ASAFP. Are there grants for single moms? I know to fill out a FAFSA, but what about private organizations or state assistance? Any help or advice would be great. There's such a plethora of information and I'm a little overwhelmed. Thanks so much in advance.
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