Conference to celebrate, assist single moms

The unique challenges that single mothers face warrant a special event, according to the Chester County Community Collaborative.

In partnership with the Chester County Women’s Commission, the collaborative is hosting the fourth annual Chester County Single Mothers’ Conference on Saturday, April 9, at B. Reed Henderson High School, 400 Montgomery Avenue, in West Chester. All single mothers are invited to attend free of charge.

The day, which is sponsored by Benchmark Federal Credit Union, will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include breakfast and lunch, free childcare, panel discussions, and clinics on relationships, finances, and legal matters, and - most importantly - a chance to learn from other single mothers and their experiences, according to a press release.

The conference will also feature an award for a single mother nominated by the community and chosen by a committee of her peers, and a resource gallery for attendees to meet area service providers.

“Many of us have encountered phenomenal single women parenting their children to the best of their abilities with limited support and resources,” Matrie Johnson, the conference co-chair and director of programs for Pennsylvania Home of the Sparrow, said in the release. “This conference is designed to encourage, educate and empower single mothers regarding issues that affect their role as sole provider for the family.”

Benchmark Federal Credit Union Marketing Director Rebecca Worthington said the conference reinforces the company’s commitment to serve Chester County exclusively. “We are so proud to be of service to our region’s single moms by offering free credit reports and other services at the Chester County Single Mothers’ Conference,” she said in the release.

This year’s conference theme is “SuperMom: Fact or Fantasy?” and will conclude with drawings for door prizes, including a chance to be pampered. See the conference Facebook page for details and a registration link at Single mothers may also register for free online at, or call 484-876-1582 for more information.



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