For single moms and dads, meeting other single parents is not always easy. Check out our three favorite resources for solo parents in the Big Apple.
The New York Single Parents Meetup Group
meetup.com/singleparentOrganized by Ed G., The New York Single Parents Meetup Group offers single parents a laid-back and relaxing atmosphere in which to bond, socialize and participate in fun activities. The group is also dedicated to providing activities where your kids can have the chance to meet other kids who are in a similar situation. With almost 1,000 adult members from all walks of life, this is a great place for both the parents and their kids to connect. There are no membership fees and the cost of most events is $15 per person or less, so it is feasible that everyone can participate.
New York Single Moms Group
125 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011
The New York Single Moms Group was started by single mom Judy, who was looking for a community of like-minded individuals to discuss the never-ending issues and challenges common to single moms. The group is relatively small (around 250 moms). The bi-monthly sessions are usually small and intimate so that everyone has a chance to tell their story and solicit advice and support from other members. There is no reason to be concerned with child care during the meetings, because babysitting is provided free of charge at the McBurney Y. If you are interested in joining the group, visit their website.
The Single Parent Resource Center
228 East 45th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10017
212-951-7030, extension 231
Started in 1975, The Single Parent Resource Center provides a variety of events and services for single parents and their families. This center is geared more towards helping families that need practical help and support. In addition to providing parents with the skill to effectively parent, they also host a variety of fun, family celebrations during the holidays.