Seattle SPACE offers free & low-cost support to single parents and needs help with operating costs!
Seattle SPACE holistically empowers single parents to meet, maintain and further enhance their familial goals for safety, support, stability and success by providing a continuum of individualized programs tailored to address their needs as they define them.
Seattle SPACE envisions every single parent and their family thriving in the areas of home, interpersonal relationships, community, employment, education, emotional well-being, physical health and spirituality.
Seattle SPACE became officially recognized as a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization in the summer of 2014. The idea for Seattle SPACE was conceived of and brought to fruition by single parent Founder & CEO, Chericka Ashmann, LICSW, MHP, CMHS, MSW. Through her work with children and families coupled with her own experience as a single parent who was also raised by her solo mom, she was able to identify a need for front-end services geared toward the unique needs of the single parent.
During the recession Ms. Ashmann encountered a wide range of single parents who were victims of circumstance beyond their control such as a health crisis, loss of a job, death of a spouse/partner, discovery of special needs for their child, relocation, abuse, addiction or simply a lack of support and Ms. Ashmann was no different. Many of these parents began their journey as upper to middle class tax payers unable to access free community service programs due to falling just outside of income guidelines and wait lists. Unable to afford counseling services because they didn't meet sliding fee scale criteria many suffered in silence as their world began to crumble. Many, without previous social system experience, were not aware of public resources available to them which caused them to exhaust personal assets and or become victims of financial lending scams. Soon these parents found themselves in a downward spiral of financial and emotional crisis making it difficult to care for their children. In some cases, the stress these parents endured led to unintentional neglect or abuse and involvement with the state social service system. As the nation began to recover from the recession, single parents continue to struggle and remain at high risk for homelessness and unemployment. While in the trenches of single parenting herself, working with individuals just like herself, Ms. Ashmann saw a need for services unique to the single parent's plight with several preventative components in place as all of these scenarios can be prevented.
Whether parenting single by choice, following separation/divorce, death of a spouse/partner, deployment, or abandonment, no one can be "prepared" for the challenges of single parenting. Seattle SPACE welcomes ALL single parents and their families regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identification, income level, or whether primary custodial parent or not.
Seattle SPACE founder and CEO, Chericka Ashmann, has a full-time job in addition to her work for Seattle SPACE and has provided free services since beginning work in 2013. Seattle SPACE currently has a wait list and Ms. Ashmann is ready to go FULL-TIME as the need is definitely there. Ms. Ashmann can no longer afford to pay out of pocket expenses for minimal operating costs such as office space, internet, phone, website fees, copy/fax/scanner and other misc. office supplies. She would also like to begin a yearly road running race as they are proven to be successful in growth and return. There are costs associated with this. Seattle SPACE hopes to far exceed our modest goal. Your gift is supporting a great and much needed cause and is 100% tax deductible! Please share with your friends and challenge yourself to donate $10 or more for each single parent you know or have seen struggling and wanted to help. Thank you so much-please spread the word!
Donations can also be made securely through our webpage @ www.seattlespace.org and at The Seattle Foundation page: http://www.seattlefoundation.org/givingcenter/P...