About the project
The Jerusalem Foundation helped establish the Single Mothers Independence Network, a pilot project to hep provide solutions to the needs of underprivileged single mothers, in 2006. The program aims to lessen dependence on social services through parenting seminars, employment counseling, financial management advice, and a mutual support system for the mothers, and educational and enrichment programs for the children. Single parent families make up one the city’s largest population groups in distress (there were nearly 8,000 single parent families in 2006, and half of them received some form of welfare services.) The program serves 30-40 women each in the Kiryat Hayovel and Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhoods.