She felt alone, afraid and broke as a single mom, and started org to help others

Nadia Wiseman found herself struggling when she left an unsafe relationship: struggling to to pay rent for herself and her now-5-year-old son. Struggling to find direction for her newly single life. Struggling to find other women who could relate in her city of Montreal, Canada.

While she found ways to refocus her education and skills as a social worker, Nadia Wiseman launched Single MOMtreal, an organization designed to support single moms in need of resources like food and, clothes, friendship and, for some, help escaping domestic violence. So far, the group has served more than a thousand moms and their families.

“I knew that if I, an educated, professional woman, struggled with these things as a single mom, there were other women out there who were in the same situation,” she told me. “I knew I could help a lot of people if I could build a community of single moms.”

Single Moms Supporting One another

Last April she launched Single MOMtreal, which started as a Facebook group, and has has meetups, parties, and sprouted informal networks of all kinds of individuals and families supporting unmarried moms in Montreal. There is a board of directors, and Wiseman has a knack for attracting positive media coverage — which has inspired dozens of donors around her city to contribute money, food, goods and services to single moms in need.

Plus, friendships and mom-owned businesses are flourishing.

Wiseman says: “Montreal single moms are now helping and hiring each other. For example, some single moms hire other single moms to babysit their kids, others hire single moms to do their nails, others donate items, etc.”



For more info on Single MOMtreal

Join the Single MOMtreal CLOSED GROUP on Facebook. 

Single MOMtreal on Facebook

Nadia Wiseman on LinkedIn


More on the Kickass Single Mom Grant

Every month I give $1,000 to a single mom committed to building a positive life for herself, her family and contributing to the world in a productive way.

The Kickass Single Mom Grant supports endeavors that show promise for success — whether it is a career, business, charitable, community, creative or family project that is already underway and could use a financial boost.

This might include paying for formal education that will advance your career (or launch a new career!) that makes you happy and proud, propels you to financial independence and makes you a great role model for your children and others whose lives you touch.

You might seek to use this money to build your dream business — one that lights your passion, contributes to the world in a positive way.

Maybe you have a volunteer or nonprofit project that is blossoming.

Perhaps it is a personal project that you want to describe to me.

One part of this grant is to support incredible single women doing amazing things.

The other part is to highlight incredible single moms to inspire and uplift others who may not see in themselves what is possible.

No income maximum (or requirement). All nationalities welcome. Winners are announced the first of every month.

Tips for being chosen as a Kickass Single Mom Grant winner:

  • Display some success and momentum. If you are building a business or advancing your career, show me what you’ve already accomplished. Not-yet-started endeavors will not be considered.
  • Be very specific about how you will use the money. Show me you’ve thought it though, and are ready for the next level!
  • It’s not for paying off debt.
  • This is not for helping your kids pay for college. They’re adults.  
  • Don’t complain about your ex.
  • This is about creating something bigger than yourself. Only applicants who emphasize how they will pay it forward will be considered.
  • The winner is not the saddest story, but the most proactive one. 


Past beautiful Kickass Single Mom grant winners!


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Tanai Benard: Driving 18-wheelers through floodwaters to help Hurricane Harvey victims


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Erin Williamson: Entrepreneur works for global gender equity


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Jennifer Little, founder of the Little Hands Book Bank in Texas.



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Shawnta Creech went from homeless to culinary school graduate with a salad dressing business in the works.



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Sexuality educator Vanessa Osage, giving young people and their families agency over their bodies and sexuality



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Sheri Hopkins started Black San Diego. “I wanted my daughters to grow up seeing strong leaders who looked like them.”

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Tiara Caldwell: A doula for low-income new mothers. “I wasn’t going to let a corporation tell me what my dream was.”



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Teri Teves: Supporting other women by building her small beauty business.


Apply for the Kickass Single Mom Grant now:


Emma Johnson is a veteran money writer, noted blogger, bestselling author and an host of the award-winning podcast, Like a Mother with Emma Johnson. A former Associated Press Financial Wire reporter and MSN Money columnist, Emma has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Glamour,, REAL SIMPLE, Parenting, USA Today and others.

The Kickass Single Mom: Be Financially Independent, Discover Your Sexiest Self, and Raise Fabulous, Happy Children (Penguin, 2017), was a #1 bestseller and was featured in hundreds of media, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox & Friends, and the New York Post, which named it to its ‘Must Read” list.

Her popular blog, and podcast Like a Mother, explore issues facing professional single moms: business and career, money, sex, relationships and parenting. Emma regularly comments on these topics for outlets such as CNN, Headline News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox & Friends, CNBC, NPR, TIME, MONEY, O, The Oprah Magazine, Woman’s Day, The Doctors, and many more. She was named Parents magazine’s “Best of the Web,” one of “20 Personal Finance Influencers to Follow on Twitter” by AOL DailyFinance, “Top 15 Personal Finance Podcasts” by U.S. News, and “Most Eligible New Yorkers” by New York Observer.

A popular speaker on gender equality, Emma presented at the United Nations Summit for Gender Equality.

Emma grew up in Sycamore, Ill., and lives in New York City with her children.

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