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Who We Are

Our Mission

  

B.H.E.R.R.D 

"Your Voice is Your Power"

 B.H.E.R.R.D is a 501(c)(3)  dedicated to assisting, empowering, educating, mentoring and supporting single parents with resources and services to help them become emotionally and financially stable, self-sufficient and pave a pathway for wealth and abundance.  

Our Vision

 Is to change the world one single parent at a time. 

Our Story

 Christeria Lynn is a single mother of six who found herself married to an extremely abusive man. When she decided to walk away from her marriage, she was left in the suburbs of Cincinnati with no job, no car, little to no food and no voice.

  

She literally had to pick herself up and starting asking for help.  While many thoughts went through her head, even the thought of giving up, she kept digging deeper and found strength to fight.  


Christeria Lynn is  known best for her love for her children, her determination, resilience, desire to succeed, bold and funny personality  and an authentic desire to see and help other people win.   

The Statistics for Single Mothers

Single Mothers are Becoming the New Norm.

 Single motherhood has grown so common in America that today 80 percent of single-parent families are headed by single mothers — nearly a third of those live in poverty.  5

Demographics

 Around half of single mothers have never married, 29% are divorced, 21% are either separated or widowed. Half have one child, 30% have two.About two thirds are White, one third Black. 


  In 2018, there were about 16.4 million children living with a single mother in the United States, and about 3.25 million children living with a single father. The number of children living with a single mother is down from its peak in 2012, and the number of children living with a single father is down from its peak in 2005.  12

Employment

 At any one time, about two thirds of single mothers are working outside the home, 3 a slightly greater share than the share of married mothers who are also working outside the home. 4


However, only half were employed full-time all year long, almost a third (26.8%) were jobless the entire year. 5 Among those who were laid off or looking for work, less than a quarter (22.4%) received unemployment benefits. 6

Income

 Single mothers earn income that place them well below married mothers in the income ladder. The gap between the two groups is significantly large.

The median income for families led by a single mother in 2017 was about $41,700, well below the $90,380 median for married couples. 7

 

Poverty

 Single mothers are much more likely to be poor than married couples. The poverty rate for single-mother families in 2017 was 34%, nearly five times more than the rate (6%) for married-couple families. 9


Among children living with mother only, 40% lived in poverty. In contrast, only 12% of children in two parent families were counted as poor. 8

Access to Education

 Single mothers often spend over half of their income on housing expenses and a third on child care, 10 leaving them with less money for educational expenses. 


 Without financial aid, single mother students have little or no means to contribute financially to their educational expenses. One third graduated with a college degree, while one sixth had not completed high school. 11

Christeria Lynn is on a Mission to Help as Many Single Parents as Possible!

Will you please join her on the journey! 

OUR WHY

When you look at the statistics for Women and then you look at the above statistics  for Single Mothers the numbers in my opinion are quite disturbing. Most mothers have been the matriarchs of the family and often times the backbone to make it all work. While most mothers do the very best they can to care for their children, often times whether you are married or single it's a full-time job raising a child(ren). 


B.H.E.R.R.D was founded to improve the lives of single parents around the world. After talking to hundreds of mothers, personally mentoring many of them the one thing that remained constant was the lack of help, support and  resources. When a mother has a voice, when she has the help that she needs, when she has the resources that it takes to support her family the quality of life for everyone improves. 


We've determined when you improve the life of one mother you ultimately impact and improve the community. Imagine what the world would look like once we improve the lives of many mothers.  


Our focus at B.H.E.R.R.D is to change the world one single parent at a time. The older you get, the wiser you become. It's not about quantity of life, it's about quality of life. That's why we are determined to make sure each mother we touch and their children have the best quality of life possible. 


We can't do it alone and we would love for you to support or mission and our WHY!


References

1.  Single Mother Guide 2.  U.S. Census Bureau – Table FG6. One-parent Unmarried Family Groups With Own Children Under 18. 3.  NWLC, Snapshot of Working Mothers. 4.  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Mothers Participation in the Labor Force.  5.  U.S. Department of Labor, Employment Characteristics of Families (2017) – Table 4. 6.  U.S. Census Bureau – Table 6. Households by Labor Force Status of Members, Program Participation, and Mean Cash Income: Monthly Averages. 7.  U.S. Census Bureau: Income and Poverty in the United States: 2017  8.   U.S. Census Bureau – Table C8.
Poverty Status, Food Stamp Receipt, and Public Assistance for Children Under 18 Years by Selected Characteristics: 2016. 9.   National Women’s Law Center, National Snapshot: Poverty Among Women & Families, 2018.  10. USDA, Expenditures on Children by Families, 2015.   11.  Calculated using the U.S. Census Bureau CPS Table Creator.  12. Statista: Number of U.S. children living in a single parent family 1970-2018.