Briar Cliff student receives United Way grant for single mother support group

BCU Social Work student Kari Johnson

Sioux City, IA — Kari Johnson, a social work student at Briar Cliff University, was approved for a $5,000 grant from United Way of Siouxland for a single mother support group held at Rock Solid Assembly Church in Le Mars, Iowa.

“Being a single mom, working and going to school full time gave me the driving force to start the group and write the grant, advocating for other single moms. I want other single moms to know they do not have to merely survive. There is a world of opportunities available for them,” Johnson said.

With the help of Briar Cliff social work professor Liz Rembold and Johnson's pastor, she was able to sit down with the United Way, apply what she was learning in class and write the grant. “She is constantly seeking out additional information to enhance her knowledge and skills as a social worker,” Rembold said.

Johnson started the group three years ago with the backing of her church, and since then, she has had single mothers and their children from Woodbury, Plymouth, and Sioux counties participate in the group.

“We see an impact not only with single moms but also with the kids we serve,” Johnson said. “One mom told me this is the exact place I need to be, with other people going through similar situations like me, on their own.”

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