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Continued: Spirit of Joy Church in Lakeville is mobbed by single moms

  • Article by: DAVID PETERSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 21, 2013 - 2:17 PM

It’s that $800 breakdown that creases faces, even in upper-middle-class homes, but is a full-blown crisis to those who are truly struggling.

“The main thing I like about it,” said Doug Abere, “is that it’s a neglected part of the needs people have. It’s a fun thing for the church to do, a Mother’s Day tradition that honors the hard work moms do.”

This was the second outing for him — he’s a transportation planner but no mechanic. “Everyone climbs a learning curve,” he said with a laugh. “It’s surprising, the similarities and differences from one vehicle to another.”

As the need and the response has grown over the years, he said, the issue does arise within the church of what’s next.

“While we have not really been aggressive about pushing this — advertising or promoting it — we’re sort of reaching a point, or close to it, of reaching our max,” Abere said. “One thing our church is interested in is to maybe get to know our neighbors in other churches and partner with them, not just serving single moms but others as well. I recommend it as a fun way to help our neighbors.”

Or as Cobb put it: “we don’t have a copyright on this idea. We’d be happy for any competition.”

 

David Peterson • 952-746-3285

 

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