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Arkansas Baptist helps single mothers get back on their feet with residential care

The program is giving single mothers a fresh start on life to make sure the children have a strong future.

Being a single mom is a tough job.

Add to that holding down a career or securing education and you've got a heavy load as a mother.

Arkansas Baptist Children's Homes and Family Ministries is celebrating the hard work of mothers like Kayla Jones and others this week.

Jones credits ABC Homes for providing her family a fresh start. She's just one of many single moms in the program being recognized ahead of Mother's Day this weekend.

“If you're a single mom, have children and think there's no hope. There is hope,” Jones said.

This ministry is keeping families together while providing moms an environment to nurture their children.

“Just to see her smile now has made all the difference,” said Stella Prather, Director of Communications for the group.

After being homeless and living in a few different places, Jones and three of her children found Arkansas Baptist Family Care Home.

She calls the ministry a blessing.

"God opened up a door for me to be here. There were beds available and I was able to get an interview quicker than normal,” said Jones.

She and her children live in the group's Little Rock location with six other moms and their kids.

The ministry is helping her to create a secure future.

"I've been able to support them financially and get a job right down the road,” Jones added.

Along with a stability, case management and life skills, the home encourages moms to operate independently. All in hopes of them establishing normalcy and a life they can be proud of.

“Some of them get up and go to work like you and I do. Others are in school or technical school,” said Prather.

In 2017, Family Care helped nearly 28 single mothers and 58 children.

“As a single mom we get discouraged and feel like we can't do this. Then our kids go other places because we think we can't do it, but that's not the truth,” Jones said.

With Mother's Day around the corner, the group is giving all their single moms a little rest and relaxation by rewarding their commitment with well-deserved fun.

“My favorite activity so far was dinner last. They paid for all the moms and the kids got to go to a church where they ate pizza,” said Jones.

Locations for single adult women and their children are also in Jonesboro and Springdale.

Family Homes services about 300 children, teens and single moms a year around the state.