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Our goal is to move women, especially those who receive Social Services, from poverty to sustainability, despair to hope, and struggling to thriving.
According to the CDC, of 10 million low-income working families with children, 39% are headed by single working mothers or about 4.1 million. Single-parent families are among the poorest in the nation and as such, are extremely vulnerable to homelessness. Among all homeless families nationwide, over three quarters were headed by single women with children. These statistics, along with the founder's own life experience as a single mother of 4, is what inspires and drives this program.
Viola Wolford, now a restaurant owner in Eureka, was in her late 20s with four small children when she met Sims, but "I was still a child in a lot of ways, and I'd been through some troubling times," she said. Sims encouraged Viola to work at the salon and to return to college, where she earned a degree in liberal arts and childhood development. "Delane is so inspiring," Wolford says. "She has guided me in directions I needed to go"
"Everybody needs a Delane."
Khiana Block, who now lives in Turlock, was a single mom of a 1-year-old child when Sims encouraged her to consider a job as a manicurist.
"I completed my board licensing and learned a lot of skills," Block says. "It opened up a lot of doors for me. Delane has been a very good mothering role model for me - the mentor I'd lacked in my life."