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Along The Way


Along The Way is a non-profit that offers women acceptance, community and hope for life’s journey by providing high-quality, affordable, in-home childcare to single mothers who are working, going to school or training during nights and weekends. 

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Along The Way


Along The Way is a non-profit that offers women acceptance, community and hope for life’s journey by providing high-quality, affordable, in-home childcare to single mothers who are working, going to school or training during nights and weekends. 

Keep scrolling down for more information!

WHO ARE WE? 

Along the Way is a non-profit faith-based organization. We provide affordable, reliable, high-quality in-home childcare services to the children of single mothers working or attending school/training during nights and weekends. A mother qualify for these services based on financial need.  Read more about our Services to see if you qualify or if this might interest someone you know.

In addition to in-home childcare services, we will offer and/or partner with other organization to provide: 

  • Parenting skills workshops
  • Getting Ahead workshops
  • Counseling, mentoring and /or training to help women navigate life's challenges

OUr Vision

Our vision is to offer acceptance, community, and hope to women along life's journey. 

Our Mission

Our mission is to encourage growth, maturity and community in women and children through a series of experiences and programs designed to better equip them for: parenting, navigating life's challenges, and positively impacting their community.

our story

Our story began out of a passion to help women. This passion is fueled by our belief in and response to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Services


Learn more about our program and how it might be right for you!

Services


Learn more about our program and how it might be right for you!

Along The Way determined through relationships within the community, that an area of unmet need for single mothers is childcare during nights and weekends. Those service hours are on Monday - Friday from approximately 3:00pm to 7:00am the following day and 24 hour services on Saturdays & Sundays.

HOW DO I QUALIFY?
You must meet the following requirements to qualify for our program:

  • You must be a single mother (no other adult in the home)
  • You may have up to three children under the age of 13 at home
  • Your annual income must be less then 2x the poverty level based on the number of persons in your home. We follow the 2018 Federal Register Guidelines. For example your annual income must be under:
    • Mother + 3 Children = $50,200 ($25,100 x 2)
    • Mother + 2 Children = $41,560  ($20,780 x 2)
    • Mother + 1 Child = $32,920 ($16,460 x 2)
  • You are employed, going to school, or attending a training during hours of approximately 3:00pm to 7:00am the following day on Monday-Friday and 24 hour services on Saturdays & Sundays.
  • You must live in the Souderton, Pennridge, Quakertown, or North Penn school district.

HOW DO I APPLY? 
We have a three-step process:

1. Preliminary Application: Fill out our preliminary application form. Once received, we will review your application and respond within 10 days.
2. Home Visit: If you qualify for services, we will schedule a home visit.
3. Final Application: If you are accepted into the program you will fill out the final application.

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HOW MUCH WILL I PAY FOR SERVICES?
We are in the process of revising our payment for services. Stay tuned for more details. 

WHAT CAN I EXPECT OF YOUR CHILDCARE SERVICES?
1. Your caregiver will be trained in Pediatric CPR & first aid, and with experience in childcare.
2. Your caregiver will arrive on time, keep a record of your child and your child's activities while you are away, and provide age appropriate assistance with needs, such as homework, feeding, bathing, bedtime routine, etc. 

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Partner With Us


Along the Way is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt non-profit organization and all gifts are tax-deductible. Any gift amount will help to bring stability, and a brighter future to women and children.

Partner With Us


Along the Way is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt non-profit organization and all gifts are tax-deductible. Any gift amount will help to bring stability, and a brighter future to women and children.

In the state of Pennsylvania, there are an estimated 325,000 single mothers that are solely responsible for providing for their children. Of these single mothers, approximately 40% have an income level below the poverty line. For the last 25 years, families in poverty have spent roughly four times the percentage of their income on childcare as other families (30% vs. 8%). In addition to the economic hardship, trying to find reliable and quality childcare, when working hours outside of a standard day shift, often results in a patched together assortment of childcare arrangements, which are not ideal for the children or the mother.

Along the Way is hoping to changes these statistics. We are currently servicing five single mom and their children with the help of our fantastic caregivers.

THANK YOU to everyone who donated, prayed for us, and for words of wisdom! We are endlessly grateful for your continued support because your support is vital. We cannot do this without your financially support.

It cost us $80,000 a year to run our program. We have low overhead cost and most of the dollars go straight to our program providing reliable, quality, in-home childcare. We need approximately $7,000 to run each month!

Please help make a difference in our community by contributing to the expansion of Along the Way’s services. How can you help us meet this goal?

 

We are excited to see where God leads, how He will provide the the funds and the right people to help us Along The Way! We know it will be better then our wildest hopes and dreams. No amount is too small! Partner with us today!

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Behind the Scenes


Meet the ladies behind the vision of Along the Way and the caregivers providing loving services to our clients and their children. We are passionate about women and children and want to see each of them cared for and empowered.

Behind the Scenes


Meet the ladies behind the vision of Along the Way and the caregivers providing loving services to our clients and their children. We are passionate about women and children and want to see each of them cared for and empowered.

  CHRIS MOYER Board President & Co-Founder  She is a wife, mother of two boys and two girls, and grandmother of three. Chris has her own counseling practice,  Charis Counseling , and she has an earnest desire to come alongside and walk with people in time of difficulty. You can find Chris tending her garden and taking care of her old farmhouse and mini homestead. She simply loves being with her three grandchildren. And, you can count on being blessed by her wise words and truths that always seem to come at the right time.

CHRIS MOYER
Board President & Co-Founder

She is a wife, mother of two boys and two girls, and grandmother of three. Chris has her own counseling practice, Charis Counseling, and she has an earnest desire to come alongside and walk with people in time of difficulty. You can find Chris tending her garden and taking care of her old farmhouse and mini homestead. She simply loves being with her three grandchildren. And, you can count on being blessed by her wise words and truths that always seem to
come at the right time.

  PETER MATT Board Treasurer  He is a doting step-dad to a spunky daughter, and has lived in the area for most of his life. He was raised by a single mom who worked incredible hard, so he could get an education. He graduated from Eastern Mennonite University with a degree in Accounting. He has worked in public and private accounting for most of his career and is currently the Controller of a large local manufacturing company. When he is not crunching numbers you can find him working on is old BMWs, playing video games with his daughter, and cooking incredible meals for anyone who loves food, gardening in the warm sun, and drinking good coffee.

PETER MATT
Board Treasurer

He is a doting step-dad to a spunky daughter, and has lived in the area for most of his life. He was raised by a single mom who worked incredible hard, so he could get an education. He graduated from Eastern Mennonite University with a degree in Accounting. He has worked in public and private accounting for most of his career and is currently the Controller of a large local manufacturing company. When he is not crunching numbers you can find him working on is old BMWs, playing video games with his daughter, and cooking incredible meals for anyone who loves food, gardening in the warm sun, and drinking good coffee.

  APRIL MATT Director & Co-Founder  She is a wife and mother of one spunky daughter, and has lived in the Souderton area for most of her life. She has worked for two non-profits for over 12 years. April was a single mother at one time, and is wired with plenty of energy which she uses to engage in acts of mercy and justice in order to make her community a better place for all. You can find April being creative through sewing or graphic arts, surfing the Jersey waves, working out, and being playful and spontaneous daily!

APRIL MATT
Director & Co-Founder

She is a wife and mother of one spunky daughter, and has lived in the Souderton area for most of her life. She has worked for two non-profits for over 12 years. April was a single mother at one time, and is wired with plenty of energy which she uses to engage in acts of mercy and justice in order to make her community a better place for all. You can find April being creative through sewing or graphic arts, surfing the Jersey waves, working out, and being playful and
spontaneous daily!

  HILLARY SCHULTZ Development Support Specialist  Recently married, she is a transplant from Michigan, and she brings with her a lot of experience from interning, volunteering and working with non-profits. Hillary has a sweet spirit and a fiery passion for non-profit work. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Communication and two Masters in Public Administration and Heath Care Administration from Grand Valley State University. When she is not raising money and planning events you can find Hillary snapping photos, camping and traveling, as well as cooking yummy meals, and we cannot forget her healthy Pintrest addiction - get those creative juices flowing and pin those fundraising event ideas.

HILLARY SCHULTZ
Development Support Specialist

Recently married, she is a transplant from Michigan, and she brings with her a lot of experience from interning, volunteering and working with non-profits. Hillary has a sweet spirit and a fiery passion for non-profit work. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Communication and two Masters in Public Administration and Heath Care Administration from Grand Valley State University. When she is not raising money and planning events you can find Hillary snapping photos, camping and traveling, as well as cooking yummy meals, and we cannot forget her healthy Pintrest addiction - get those creative juices flowing and pin those fundraising event ideas.

  JANE REAGAN Board Secretary & Co-Founder  She is a wife and mother of two daughters, and has lived in Franconia for over 20 years. She has 30+ years in the pharmaceutical industry and has recently started consulting. She brings a combination of business acumen along with focus, determination and attention to detail. Jane felt God's leading to dedicate time and energy to address unmet needs and minister to women. You can find Jane enjoy a good run, a round of golf, and cheering on the Nittany Lions and Eagles with great enthusiasm.

JANE REAGAN
Board Secretary & Co-Founder

She is a wife and mother of two daughters, and has lived in Franconia for over 20 years. She has 30+ years in the pharmaceutical industry and has recently started consulting. She brings a combination of business acumen along with focus, determination and attention to detail. Jane felt God's leading to dedicate time and energy to address unmet needs and minister to women. You can find Jane enjoy a good run, a round of golf, and cheering on the Nittany Lions and Eagles with great enthusiasm.


ALONG THE WAY CAREGIVERS 
Get to know our dedicated staff! They each brings their enthusiasm, experience and a lot of love to the kids and moms we serve. All of our staff come from either an education or childcare background. We train them in pediatric CPR & First Aid training, perform FBI, criminal and child abuse background checks, and we have trained them before entering the home.  

  BROOKE  recently graduated from Montgomery County Community College with a degree in Human Services. She has recently started at West Chester. She is delighted when she gets to work with the babies. When she is not caring for ATW's kids she is caring for children at the YMCA and waitressing at a tearoom. She loves to stay active, enjoys camping and spending time with friends. She is frequently making people laugh and she has a gift for staying positive in any situation.

BROOKE recently graduated from Montgomery County Community College with a degree in Human Services. She has recently started at West Chester. She is delighted when she gets to work with the babies. When she is not caring for ATW's kids she is caring for children at the YMCA and waitressing at a tearoom. She loves to stay active, enjoys camping and spending time with friends. She is frequently making people laugh and she has a gift for staying positive in any situation.

  ELYSE  is a recent college graduate from Belhaven University where she received a bachelor degree in social work. Elyse has grown up working with children through babysitting and working as a camp counselor for three summers. She also interned at a group foster home her senior year of college following the passion she has for child welfare. Elyse currently works as a Therapeutic support staff (TSS) for Chester County Intermediate Unit working one-on-one with children who struggle with behavior and social conduct. When she is not working Elyse enjoys running, playing the piano, and shooting hoops with her little brothers.

ELYSE is a recent college graduate from Belhaven University where she received a bachelor degree in social work. Elyse has grown up working with children through babysitting and working as a camp counselor for three summers. She also interned at a group foster home her senior year of college following the passion she has for child welfare. Elyse currently works as a Therapeutic support staff (TSS) for Chester County Intermediate Unit working one-on-one with children who struggle with behavior and social conduct. When she is not working Elyse enjoys running, playing the piano, and shooting hoops with her little brothers.

  AMANDA  is a student at West Chester University studying nutrition. She has been working with children for several years as a lifeguard. She love the process of getting to know children and forming a bond with them. She says, "that is what makes it all worth while"! When Amanda is not studying or working Amanda enjoys snowboarding and reading.

AMANDA is a student at West Chester University studying nutrition. She has been working with children for several years as a lifeguard. She love the process of getting to know children and forming a bond with them. She says, "that is what makes it all worth while"! When Amanda is not studying or working Amanda enjoys snowboarding and reading.



  MARIA  has recently been living in Thailand working with people who have been sex trafficked. She has a passion for children. She started babysitting for children in her neighborhood as a 12-year-old. She went on to work as a nanny for a numerous of families over the years, as well as, working in childcare, VBS at her church, and during overseas mission work. With children every day is an adventure! She enjoys creating games and making crafts, as well as being caring and patient with each child's individual needs. When she is not with kids you can find her traveling the world and acting on the DCP Theatre stage.

MARIA has recently been living in Thailand working with people who have been sex trafficked. She has a passion for children. She started babysitting for children in her neighborhood as a 12-year-old. She went on to work as a nanny for a numerous of families over the years, as well as, working in childcare, VBS at her church, and during overseas mission work. With children every day is an adventure! She enjoys creating games and making crafts, as well as being caring and patient with each child's individual needs. When she is not with kids you can find her traveling the world and acting on the DCP Theatre stage.

  KARLEE  is a student at Montogmery County Community College and has been babysitting for several years. She is certified as a lifeguard which she puts to use for the Freshmen gym class at her school. She is fun loving and always up for an adventure. Her future plans are to study to be a dentist and have her own home in Florida one day. You can find her soaking up the rays in the summer or snowboarding in the winter.

KARLEE is a student at Montogmery County Community College and has been babysitting for several years. She is certified as a lifeguard which she puts to use for the Freshmen gym class at her school. She is fun loving and always up for an adventure. Her future plans are to study to be a dentist and have her own home in Florida one day. You can find her soaking up the rays in the summer or snowboarding in the winter.


  TESHANDA  is a student at Montogmery  County Community College. She has extensive experience taking care of the elderly in their homes or in facilities.  She is an extremely nurturing and caring person, going the extra mile to check in on the people she takes care of, even on her days off. She loves building relationships with those she cares for and enjoys getting down on the floor with the children. When she is not caring for people you can find her reading, or enjoying nature.

TESHANDA is a student at Montogmery
County Community College. She has extensive experience taking care of the elderly in their homes or in facilities.
She is an extremely nurturing and caring person, going the extra mile to check in on the people she takes care of, even on her days off. She loves building relationships with those she cares for and enjoys getting down on the floor with the children. When she is not caring for people you can find her reading, or enjoying nature.

  SHARON  is a divorced mom with an adorable daughter and a dog with whom she enjoys spending her free time. She has several years of experience in daycares and the local school district and finds great enjoyment with the children. Sharon's favorite time of year is the summer. She has lived in the Souderton area for over 40 years and loves being a part of this great community.

SHARON is a divorced mom with an adorable daughter and a dog with whom she enjoys spending her free time. She has several years of experience in daycares and the local school district and finds great enjoyment with the children. Sharon's favorite time of year is the summer. She has lived in the Souderton area for over 40 years and loves being a part of this great community.


  JILLIAN  is a recent graduate from Penn State University with a masters degree in Counselor Education. She previously studied psychology at West Chester University. She is currently working as a therapist within a classroom for a school district outside of Reading. She enjoys working as a caregiver for Along the Way, as she gets to spend some instructed time with kids outside of a school setting. Jillian enjoys reading, swimming, crocheting, going out to eat, and spending time with her friends, family, and dog.

JILLIAN is a recent graduate from Penn State University with a masters degree in Counselor Education. She previously studied psychology at West Chester University. She is currently working as a therapist within a classroom for a school district outside of Reading. She enjoys working as a caregiver for Along the Way, as she gets to spend some instructed time with kids outside of a school setting. Jillian enjoys reading, swimming, crocheting, going out to eat, and spending time with her friends, family, and dog.


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Get Involved


Along The Way is a young and growing non-profit organization. We are looking for dedicated and energetic people to join our team of employees, volunteers, and supporters. There is a place for everyone who wants to share their talents and skills with women along the way.

Get Involved


Along The Way is a young and growing non-profit organization. We are looking for dedicated and energetic people to join our team of employees, volunteers, and supporters. There is a place for everyone who wants to share their talents and skills with women along the way.

EMPLOYMENT
We are a Christian non-profit organization seeking staff that believe in our mission and desire to provide women and children with acceptance community and hope. These are opportunities to impact the lives of women and children and meet needs in our community. When joining Along The Way's staff, you freely and willingly agree to the standards of behavior outlined in our statement of faith. Please consider joining us! If you do not see a position currently open, and are interested in being part of the team, please send your resume to info@alongthewaypa.org. 

In-Home Child-Caregivers (click for full job description
We are seeking caregivers who will love and nurture children in the mother’s home and promote a safe and healthy environment.


DONATE
We are seeking monthly supporters to donate on a recurring basis along with one-time gifts. No donation is too small. When you support our program a single mother can go to work knowing that her children are safely being taken care of by trusted caregivers in her home.
 

VOLUNTEER
We can't accomplish what we do without a group of wonderful volunteers! If you are interested being part of our team, being a mentor to our moms, or if you have a special talent you would like to share with us, you are in the right place. Just fill out the for by clicking on the button below.
 

QUILTS
We have two easy ways for you to join our quilting project: buy one, give one or help us make quilts. For every quilt sold, a child we provide care for will receive a quilt. We are always looking for interest in donating fabric, making quilt block, sewing blocks and putting the quilts together. Click the button for more details.


SHARE YOUR STORY
We are looking for you to share your stories with us. Are you a single mother? Were you raised by a single mother? Please submit your story to us and we will post them on our blog

SHARE YOUR ENTHUSIASM
Send an email to a friend, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter. Help us to spread the word about Along The Way.

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Quilts


For each quilt sold we will give each child we serve his or her very own quilt to help keep them warm and comfortable. 

Quilts


For each quilt sold we will give each child we serve his or her very own quilt to help keep them warm and comfortable. 

There are three ways you can help with our quilt project.:

[1] Buy one, give one! 
When you purchase one of our quilts, a quilt will be given to one of the child we care for, on the day he or she starts our services. These quilts are made with love and care, and thoughtfully prayed over for the child who will receive it, and of course, for you too. The quilt blocks are simple and scrappy, and the bright colors, and funky fabrics cannot help but bring a smile to your face.  Each quilt will provide the children with a warm welcome into the Along the Way family! 

[2] Help us make the quilts. We are looking for anyone interested
in donating fabric, making quilt block, sewing blocks and putting the quilts together. You can help at any step of the way. If your quilt guild, sewing circle, church, or just you want to get started



please contact April Matt. She will help to get you set up with all the items and patterns that you need.  

[3] Local Group Quilting in Souderton. Join us at the Indian Valley Public Library (100 East Church St, Telford). Our last Quilt Day in 2018 will be Saturday, November 17th 10:00am-2:00pm. In 2019 we will meet on Wednesday and Saturdays as follows:

Wednesdays from 1 pm to 5 pm 
Jan 9th, Mar 20th, May 15th, Jul 10th, Sept 18th and Nov 20th.

Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm 
Febr 2nd, Jun 15th, Aug 17th and Oct 19th 

Please join us! No sewing skills are necessary.  

For more information about quilts please contact April Matt: 267-382-9607 or info@alongthewaypa.org

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Frequently Asked Questions


Use this page to learn more about our services, cost, childcare givers, and other FAQ about Along The Way. If there is a question you have, and it is not answered here, please contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions


Use this page to learn more about our services, cost, childcare givers, and other FAQ about Along The Way. If there is a question you have, and it is not answered here, please contact us.

How do I apply for services?
Application information is available in our services section under How Do I Apply?

How does the program work?
Single mothers who work hours outside of traditional business hours who earn less then 2x the poverty level and have up to three children under the age of 13 are eligible. We will collect information from you and your employer, and with your permission, from your children's school.

How much does it cost?
We are in the process of revising our payment for services. Stay tuned for more details. 

How are childcare givers selected?

  • The childcare givers will be required to have criminal background checks and child abuse clearances
  • They will be required to submit application to be determined by our Board of Directors
  • They will have at least 2 years of childcare experience
  • They will be over the age of 18 years old

What are night and weekend hours?

  • Night hours are between 3:00pm and 7:00am (the next day).
  • Weekend hours are Saturday 7:00am-Monday at 7:00am.

Can you serve single-fathers?
Unfortunately, not at this time. 

Why do we focus on single mothers who need services during those hours?
More than 7% of US households are headed by females with no husband present and one or more children under the age of 18.  In PA, approximately 325,000 single mothers are solely responsible for providing for their children (1) and approximately 40% of single mothers caring for children had an income level below the poverty line (2).  Families in poverty spend roughly 4x the percentage of their income on child care as other families (30% vs 8%) (3).  In addition to the economic hardship, the difficulty of finding reliable and quality child care when working non-standard hours and/or non-day shift jobs often results in a “patched together assortment” of a variety of child care arrangements which is often viewed as less than optimal from the mother’s perspective (4).  In addition to the financial challenges to afford child care, the available options are limited when the mother works between 3:00pm - 7:00am because childcare centers, small family day care home or group day care homes typically provide services between 7:00am - 6:00pm.  

(1) US Census 2010
(2) American Community Survey (ACS), 2007-2011
(3) Laughlin, Lynda. 2013. Who’s Minding the Kids? Child Care Arrangements: Spring 2011. Current Population Reports, P70-135. U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC.
(4) Karen Fox Folk and Yuane Yi, “Piecing Together Child Care with Multiple Arrangements: Crazy Quilt or Preferred Pattern for Employed Parents of Preschool Children?” Journal of Marriage and Family, vol. 56 (1994): 669–680.