Reverend Dr. Judith C. Moore has been on a mission since 2006 to help young, single Black women find their purpose in life and pursue it.
“This started because of so many young and older women having babies and feeling trapped, foreseeing no end to their problem or situation,” said Rev. Moore, pastor of the First AME Church in Clairton and founder of Sisters Saving Ourselves Now.
|GIVE ME A BEAT—The Kuumba Inc. Drummers headed by Beatrice Mitchell, standing right, kick-off the Saturday events during the Sisters Saving Ourselves Now Mon Valley Single Moms Summit.
“First, they must learn to love themselves and know that they are somebody and they can make a difference.”
Since its inception six years ago, SSON has been a lifeline to young single moms in Clairton.
SSON’s mission is dedicated to actionable steps facing Black women with a specific focus on undeserved women. The organization’s objective is to convene with other like-minded organizations that have a passion and willingness to collectively participate in eliminating the challenges Black women face. The initiative’s goal is to develop a national agenda for mobilizing areas of concern for Black women.
Recently the group got a step closer to its desired goal and held its first Sisters Saving Ourselves Now Summit, a two-day conference entitled “Getting To The Core of the Matter-Mon Valley Single Moms Summit”—held at the CCAC South Campus.
“This conference fits into our mission because it is bringing organizations and individuals together that can give support financially, information, guidance and tools to help the program grow and assist more women in going on with their life and helping those around them,” Rev. Moore said.
During the conference attendees were taught how to combat a life of poverty, low educational attainment, unhealthy lifestyles and low self-esteem.
Speakers and facilitators included James D. Washington, retired principal, Florence Avenue Elementary School in Irvington, N.J., and Dr. Michael Yonas, assistant professor in the department of family medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
According to Rev. Moore, about 35 women striving to make a difference participated in the conference.
“To be able to solve any problem, you must know the core—where does this problem initiate from—or else you are just reacting to the problem without being able to change the outcome,” Rev. Moore said.
Some of the issues that the conference and SSON combats include self-esteem, decision making, understanding your skills and finding your direction, relationships, children, and financial and emotional issues.
“We arm these young ladies with information and the tools to help them figure out their life’s journey. We help connect them with avenues that will help them and we help provide ways to change their minds concept,” Rev. Moore said. “We are working to help women figure out what is happening in their life and show them how they can become more positive and take responsibility in changing their situation and create a more positive environment.”
(For more information or to donate to Sisters Saving Ourselves Now visit www.sisterssavingourselvesnow.org.)