Living at the Mission on Mother’s Day

“Mommin’ ain’t easy.”

You may have seen that printed on a t-shirt or a coffee mug. You may have listened to the podcast. Maybe you’ve even said it?

Sure, it’s a cute saying, but it is said in truth. Being Mom isn’t easy. It is one of the most difficult jobs – responsibilities – to undertake: it is frustrating, unnerving, life giving, and gratifying all at the same time. And it is rewarding beyond belief. It can be the ultimate joy.

But what is it like to be a mom at the Mission?

“It’s harder than normal. The unfamiliarity…” Samantha said. Samantha has been at the Mission with her husband and their two kids since July. After her husband graduated from a college in California, they came to Lincoln to interview for a job and visit family. After the job was secured, a report against the family landed them in court. Days in court meant days not on the job, and he was let go. The family came to PCM to get life back on track. Samantha’s husband has since found another job and the family is now working on securing their own home.

Samantha said the hardest part of being at the Mission is when it is time for bed. The family can all spend time together during the day, but when it is time for bed, dad has to go back to the Men’s Shelter for the night. That’s something a nearly 2-year-old just doesn’t understand.

“Meal times are crazy… and bedtimes…that’s the hardest part.” Samantha said she’s had to rely on the support of friends she’s made at PCM for help since her husband works 12-hour shifts throughout the week. They’ll take turns watching each other’s kids, helping at meal time, and providing the necessary emotional support it takes to get through.

“I’ve made better friends here than I have anywhere else.”

Women helping women.
Moms helping moms.

It takes a village everywhere, even here at the Mission.
Or, especially here at the Mission.

If you’d like, you can send a message of understanding and encouragement to the mothers staying with us. And please give us the name of your mom or that special person in your life. We will pray for her to have a very blessed Mother’s Day!