Waynesboro Woman Starts ‘Single Mothers Unite’ Community
Zaneta Freeman with her son, Nathan
WAYNESBORO, Va (WVIR) -
A Waynesboro woman is using her experience as a single mom to connect with other women in her position.
Zaneta Freeman wants her 3-year-old son Nathan to be whatever he dreams.
“If he says, ‘Mama, I want to be a truck driver,’ be it. At his age, if he says, ‘Mama I want to be a dinosaur,’ be it,” Freeman said.
Freeman, who has plenty of her own dreams, didn't exactly have motherhood in her plan. She says she dealt with a lot of anger and pain when she found out she was pregnant.
“I was just like, ‘I'm not up to this. I can't do this. How am I going to be a mom?’” she said.
But with a strong support system and her faith, she is doing it and she loves it. Freeman wants other single mothers, especially young ones, to feel just as empowered. So she's created Single Mothers Unite, a community for single moms.
“Those who want to be helped, but don't know where to go, because I was that person,” Freeman said.
They meet once a month to share their lives and experiences and express themselves through song, dance, or art and enjoy a meal together.
“I want us to be able to share and bare our hearts, encourage each other, uplift each other, be there for each other,” Freeman said.
Single Mothers Unite meets the third Friday of every month at 6 p.m. in room 14 at the Rosenwald Community Center. Participation is free.