10 Women, 1 purpose
by Sally Litchfield
MDJ Features Editor
sallylit@bellsouth.net
April 19, 2011 08:07 PM | 3733 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
10 Women of Hope members, from left, Lamuriel Adams of Smyrna, Laurel Kovach of Marietta and Penny Warren of Marietta, far right, pose with Carol Torrens of Kennesaw, third from left. The group helped Torrens avoid foreclosure. <br>Staff/Mike Jacoby
10 Women of Hope members, from left, Lamuriel Adams of Smyrna, Laurel Kovach of Marietta and Penny Warren of Marietta, far right, pose with Carol Torrens of Kennesaw, third from left. The group helped Torrens avoid foreclosure.
Staff/Mike Jacoby
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Women of Hope is designed specifically to help single moms who are experiencing an essential financial emergency.

The organization will present Generations of Love, its third annual women's brunch honoring grandmothers, mothers and daughters on April 30 from 10 a.m. to noon at Zion Baptist Church, located at 165 Lemon St., off the Marietta Square. The event will feature Dr. Betty Siegel, president emeritus at Kennesaw State University, and bass-baritone Dr. Oral Moses, KSU voice and music professor.

10 Women include Lamuriel Adams, Carla Brown, Patsy Bryan, Wanda Callahan, Angie Davis, Jean Hawkins, Laurel Kovach, Jacki Payne, Fran Sutton and Penny Warren.

Another woman, Kennesaw resident Carol Torrens, knows firsthand the power of 10 Women of Hope, as the organization provided her with financial assistance and kept her home from going in foreclosure. Torrens also went through a two-year divorce.

"They were kind enough to provide me with a chunk so I could get my head above water," said Torrens, the single mother of four children ages 6 to 20.

Torrens, who retired from Cobb County eight years before her divorce, took a job in asset protections at a major retailer but couldn't make ends meet working 40 to 60 hours per week.

"I was really struggling to get the bills paid and was getting further and further behind," she said. Torrens left the job with the retailer, finding a job with Birdie's Wings #3 restaurant in Hiram in order to make more money.

"At that point, I was so far behind that I was finding it impossible to get caught up, especially with my mortgage," Torrens said. "(10 Women) helped me financially so that I could get back on my feet."

Torrens is still employed with Birdie's Wings #3. She and her children still live in the family home.

"Without their help, I'm pretty sure I would have gotten foreclosed on," she said. "My four children and I would be homeless. It's meant that I can survive as a single mom with four kids. (10 Women) restores my faith in humanity that I thought I started to lose."

Reservations for the event are $20 per person. All Net Proceeds benefit 10 Women of HOPE, a 501(c)3 organization. Checks can be mailed to 10 Women of HOPE, P.O. Box 235, Marietta, GA 30061. For more information, email womenofhope@ymail.com or call (770) 354-4523.

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