Pam’s interest in this ministry started from personal experience within her family. Both of her daughters became single moms at a young age and Pam and her husband supported them in their home while they finished their degrees in their fields of interest. Through this they learned of the lack of support and isolation they faced being single moms at their age. Pam is excited about the prospect of the housing portion of this ministry so that single moms can find an affordable, stable place to live while they gain the skills necessary to be independent and self-supporting. Her desire is that the ministry not only helps single mothers with the practical needs but also helps them to grow spiritually as well.
Pam and her husband live in Blaine and both have accounting degrees so Pam brings her business experience to Mom’s Haven of Hope and a passion to come alongside these moms and their children.
Teresa was born and raised in Rochester, Minnesota in a Christian home. She graduated from high school and was a single mother at age 19. She has been married to a wonderful man for 26 years and has been blessed with 5 incredible children, all living in the Minneapolis area.
Teresa had the wonderful privilege of heading up a woman’s ministry at Long Lake Community Church for a several years in the 1990’s. Then, in August 2005 – May 2008 she volunteered at Teen Challenge which helped to mold and equip her for other opportunities God had in store for her. The majority of her skills have come from experiencing and living through the challenges and joys of life itself. Her deeply held passion and desire is to help young moms, and women in general, reach their full potential in all areas of life as they learn to make following Christ a priority. That journey is what has brought her to this point in her life to be joyfully involved with Mom’s Haven of Hope.
Cindy was divorced and became a single mom when her daughter was 6 years old. It wasn’t until her daughter was a teenager that she came upon the Precious Hearts single moms support group. The ministry was very rewarding emotionally and spiritually to her for several years. When her daughter started college and she became a single mom of an “adult”, Cindy chose to branch out into other ministries within the church but recently received a calling to come back to the Precious Hearts ministry on a mentoring basis. Her passion is to work with single moms to help them grow spiritually and realize their self-worth so they can make good choices for themselves and their children. This passion has led to her join the Moms Haven of Hope Board of Directors. Seeing the wonderful benefits in the program, she wishes she had access to such a ministry earlier to help her through her daughter’s younger years. She sees the need for mentorship and that’s why she chooses to be a part of the ministry. She knows firsthand the struggles of a divorced single mom and can offer much insight to other single moms.
Cindy lives in Fridley and works as a Network Project Manager for Wells Fargo Bank. Her daughter is now in her 20’s and the Lord is guiding her steps as she is currently doing missionary work, but Cindy is still there to offer motherly support when needed.
Elizabeth Saastamoinen is a single mother of two beautiful boys. She is a registered nurse in home care practicing as a Lead Clinician with Provident Home Healthcare and also serves as an active board member of the PAC team with Provident HHC. Elizabeth is a prayer team member serving the Spring Lake Park community at Substance Church. She has led the Single Parents Connect Group and has a heart for young single moms, encouraging a healthy balanced life, spiritual growth and sustainability through our local church community.
Philona Saunders is a single mom to a now adult daughter. She grew up in Bloomington, MN and is currently an office manager for a construction company in Minneapolis. Her skills are in contracts, project management and vendor relations. Philona volunteers on the gala committee for MEDA (Metro Economic Development Association) and for the Jeremiah Program Bullfrog Bash. As a single mom Philona wants to encourage other single moms that with Christ they can change their mindset and rise above their current situation.
Karen became a single mom of two young children in 2008. She started attending the Precious Hearts support group at Redeemer shortly after. This group helped Karen realize that she was not only God’s daughter, but that she was God’s precious princess!
Karen feels she has shared experiences with other single moms and wants to help build the Mom’s Haven of Hope ministry. She identifies with young single moms that lack the necessary skills, practical and spiritual, to support themselves and their children. She currently works at General Mills and has since remarried a wonderful Christian man that God brought into her life.