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Transforming SINGLE PARENT HOUSEHOLDS From SURVIVING to THRIVING

Discover the transformative power of connection and comprehensive support with Vital Villages OR's groundbreaking mentoring program for single parents and their children. Our program goes beyond traditional mentoring, offering a unique and holistic wrap-around approach to empower families to thrive, without shame, blame, judgment, and mandatory reporting.

 

Imagine having two dedicated mentors invest 12 hours a week in your family - 8 hours focused on providing tailored support for parents and 4 hours dedicated to meeting the individual needs of each child. This personalized connection creates a safe and supportive space where families can grow, heal and thrive.

 

Experience the life-changing impact of personalized support and guidance with Vital Villages - because it takes a village!

We aim at reducing risk factors, stress levels, daily mundane tasks, and the unrealistic expectations society places on single parents.

We are person-centered, strength-based, trauma-informed, and trauma-aware.

We believe you are the author of your story, and you know how we can help you best!.... and if you don't, we will stand beside you until you do.

Our goal is to help find safety, security, and stability for every single parent and their children we connect with.

 VITAL  VILLAGES OR

Motherhood

Vital Villages OR's mission is to eradicate cycles of harm, remove barriers, decrease stress levels, and empower single parents and their children.

 

Vital Villages OR is committed to creating a positive and lifelong lasting impact on the lives of each family, cultivating secure attachments and life long relationships. 

Connect.  Empower. Transform.

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Connection is the Heart of
Vital Villages

Connection is crucial for the well-being and success of single parents and their children. Building strong connections within the community provides single parents with a support system that can help them navigate challenges, access resources, and feel less isolated. 

By connecting with other parents facing similar circumstances, single parents can feel understood, validated, and less alone in their journey.

Strong connections within the community can help single parents access important resources and services that they may need to support themselves and their children. 

Connection is essential for single parents and their children because it provides a sense of belonging, support, and collaboration that can lead to improved outcomes and well-being for families. Through strong connections, single parents can build resilience, empowerment, and a sense of community that can help them thrive despite the challenges they may face.

Empowering Families

Vital Villages empowers single parents and their children in several ways:  Vital Villages offers a range of comprehensive, wrap-around support services, including mentoring, housing support, help with daily responsibilities, provide a secure relationship, childcare assistance, and more. By addressing a variety of needs, the organization helps single parents and their children overcome obstacles and build a foundation for success.

Access to resources and services: Vital Villages connects single parents to resources and services in their community, such as job training programs, education opportunities, and support groups. By providing access to these resources, the organization empowers single parents to improve their financial stability, build skills, and create a better future for themselves and their children.

 

Vital Villages encourages single parents to advocate for themselves and their children, whether it's navigating the education system, accessing healthcare services, or advocating for policy changes that support families. By empowering parents to advocate for their needs, the organization helps them become strong advocates for themselves and their children.

 

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Surviving to Thriving

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Together, We Transform

Vital Villages transforms the lives of single parents and their children by providing holistic support, empowering them with resources and skills, building a supportive community, and advocating for systemic change.

Our systems need to be more flexible to accommodate single parents because they often face unique challenges and responsibilities that can make it difficult for them to fully participate in traditional structures. Single parents are often juggling work, caregiving responsibilities, and household duties without the support of a partner, which can be overwhelming and leave them with limited time and resources.

By creating more flexible systems, such as offering alternative work schedules, affordable childcare options, and access to resources like mentoring programs, we can better support single parents in balancing their multiple roles and responsibilities. This not only benefits single parents and their children by reducing stress and improving overall well-being, but it also contributes to a more inclusive and supportive society.

Furthermore, by recognizing and accommodating the needs of single parents, we can help break down barriers to their full participation in the workforce and society, ultimately leading to greater diversity, equity, and social mobility for all members of our community. Flexibility in our systems is essential to ensuring that single parents have the opportunities and support they need to thrive and reach their full potential.

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Volunteer Opportunities

At Vital Villages OR we believe that everyone can make a difference. Our volunteer opportunities program is a powerful tool for individuals and groups to serve our community and improve countless lives. We offer a range of opportunities that fit your interests and schedule, so you can find the perfect match for your skills and passions.

 

Kids Gardening

Village
Garden

The Village Garden Project aims to have a vibrant community garden where residents can come together to grow fresh produce, share gardening skills, and foster a sense of belonging. This initiative will provide access to nutritious food, promote environmental sustainability, and create a beautiful green space for all to enjoy. Through community partnerships and volunteer efforts, the Village Garden will strengthen social connections and promote healthy living for everyone involved.

 

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Economic Empowerment

We believe that economic empowerment is key to creating a brighter future for families and individuals in our community. Our Economic Empowerment program provides resources and support to help families achieve financial stability and independence. We will hold workshops that offer a range of services, including financial consulting, job training, secondary education, and access to resources that can help families thrive.

OUR VILLAGE
It's a togetherness thing!

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Monthly
Dinners

At Vital Villages, we believe in supporting our single parents by hosting monthly dinners. These dinners offer a space for single parents to come together, share experiences, and build relationships with others who may be facing similar challenges. By creating a welcoming and inclusive environment, we hope to foster a sense of belonging and provide a much-needed break for these hardworking individuals. 

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Village
Gym & Boxing

Come take a break and get some stress off of your shoulders at our Village Gym. We have a large gym space with a boxing cage available for single parents and their children. The gym at Vital Villages is a welcoming and inclusive space to come together to improve your physical health and overall well-being.                                                                                                                                                 

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Village
Blessings

The Village Blessings is our donation closet and our gently used, 'new to you' store. 

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The Vision

The trials, perseverance, courage, and resilience Randi Ross and her 4 daughters have experienced over the years brought the vision of Vital Villages OR to fruition. Randi is a single mother who has experienced the extreme challenges, oppressions, vulnerabilities, stigmas, shame, love, the continuous juggling acts and exhaustion that being a single parent may expose you to....

 For more information on their history go to 

https://education.uoregon.edu/alumni-randi-ross

https://graduatestudies.uoregon.edu/uo-alumna-wins-114k-grant-launch-vital-villages-cottage-grove

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