Local church offering resources to help single parents

By: Hope Jensen Email
By: Hope Jensen Email
Single parents fair

For Misty Simons' family, the fair is a big help. Her husband is serving in Iraq, leaving her to serve as a functional single parent to her three children. (WRDW-TV / Aug. 17, 2012)

News 12 This Morning / Friday, Aug. 17, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- On Saturday morning, Vineyard Church of Augusta will be filled with hundreds of people, especially single parents looking for a little bit of help.

The fair runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. inside the doors and in the parking lot. They are going to be offering free resources like car washes, oil changes, health screenings and even haircuts.

For Misty Simons' family, the fair is a big help. Her husband is serving in Iraq, leaving her to serve as a functional single parent to her three children.

"She works harder without him," said her son 11-year-old Zachary Simons.

But for Misty, her worries are for the kids.

"The hardest things are probably the emotional changes for the kids," she said. "They want things to be the same and they're not."

This is her husband's third tour, leaving her as a functional single parent for four of the past six years.

"You know they have upsetting days, but mostly we just try to stay busy and keep active," Misty said.

Staying busy with three kids isn't difficult, but getting everything done can be.

"The resources are there; you just have to look for them," Misty said.

"Resources are really, really important especially in today's economy," added Eben Brusco, the organizer of the event. "It's very important to have a support network for single parents but also to honor and celebrate them. It's a tough job."

For Misty, it's one less thing she has to worry about.

"I don't have to remember to do that stuff. Six months down the road I'm not like, 'Oh. Did I change my oil?' So it's really, really awesome."

It's also convenient, all in a one-stop shop, saving one thing that's hard to come by as a single parent: time.

Any single parents are welcome to come out to the fair and bring kids, too. They will have activities and games for the kids throughout the day.

Vineyard Church of Augusta is off Furys Ferry Road in Columbia County, but the organizer said he's hoping people from all over will come and use the resources.


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