S.M.I.L.E.S

Single Mothers  Interchanging Love, Empathy and Support

Our founder

DEBORAH OLIVER-HENRY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Foundation History

S.M.I.L.E.S is an outreach ministry that was founded in 2005, and serves as a charitable organization to provide spiritual, emotional, and parenting resources to single parents of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds by interchanging love, empathy and support throughout the single-parent journey.

 

In the fall of 1999, founder DeBorah Oliver-Henry became a single-mother to her  18-month old daughter. Her desire to be a "servant leader" to single-parents developed when, in the midst of divorce, she could not find a resource in the community that could assist her in managing her feelings of anger and resentment while she transitioned to a life of single-parenthood and a "new normal."


DeBorah decided to aspire for a 'true healing' by helping other single-parents break down the walls of devastation to find the "shero/hero" within.


our ADVISORY BOARD

LOVE



EMPATHY


SUPPORT


Rolanda Stitt
Our treasurer ensures we are fiscally responsible and good stewards of our blessings.

Grace Smith
Our Secretary makes sure we are organized and communicating with our clients and each other.

Tonya Tarpeh
Our Legal Counsel provides guidance and assistance with all legal matters.

James Tarpeh
His background in business and finance  helps us to reach people and live up to our mission.

Sonya Holder
Her experience in community relations and efforts ensures that our calendar of events provides support to our families. 

Neely Pinnock
Our community relations and events coordinator seeks opportunities to serve our clients and engage them in their communities.

2005  
DeBorah Henry founded S.M.I.L.E.S  as an outreach ministry and her life changes forever.

2006  
S.M.I.L.E.S began hosting monthy "In the Midst" Support Group Gatherings which are now co-facilitated with Deborah Hill, LPC.

2008
S.M.I.L.E.S grows to serving more than 50 children of single parent households in a single year during the Annual Backpack & School Supply Give-a-Way.

2011
Randy Bookout, local photographer launches S.M.I.L.E.S' Annual Single Parent Family & Friends Photo Day.

2012
S.M.I.L.E.S partners with New Friends New Life and hosts a Breakfast with Santa event for children of Single Parent Households.

2013
S.M.I.L.E.S partners with Seasons Exchange, a local organization to provide over 60 backpacks and school supplies for families in need.