Single mothers need help with basics

Marilyn Mohler doesn’t ask for things very often.

It is never anything for her, and only rarely is it things for needy Kaua‘i single mothers.

The founder and director of Hui O Na Makua Ho‘okahi O Kaua‘i, or the single parents of Kaua‘i, offered up in an e-mail a short wish list for some of her friends and clients.

“Several of the single parents are in desperate need of a few things,” she said.

“In the past the community has come through for the single parents with clothing, blankets, etc.,” after articles appeared in The Garden Island, she added.

“We are asking for help in the areas of a place to live, beds,” and a good car for these families, she added

The first family, which had been living on the beach for nearly three years and found a one-room studio with no kitchen, is a mother and eight children, she said.

They need a car, a bigger place to live, and a mattress for the mother, who has back problems

and has been sleeping on an air mattress, Mohler said.

A single grandmother recently

moved out of transitional housing at Lihue Court Townhomes,

and needs twin beds and bedding, Mohler said.

The third mother will move from transitional housing at the end of the month, and also needs four beds and bedding for her and her three sons.

The fourth mother is living in her car, and needs a place for her and her twin girls, Mohler added.

Mohler’s organization is a grassroots, nonprofit organization

serving single parents since 2000. She may be reached at 822-7028 or 639-1070, or 822-0929 (fax).

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