Meet Patricia Eubanks from M.O.T.H.E.R. (My Opportunity To Help Everyone Resource).
Johan Sebastian Bach is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. The turning point in his life was a tragedy that occurred when his first wife died unexpectedly. Suddenly the gates of inspiration opened and his greatest and most productive musical creations occurred following her death. Pat Eubanks may be compared to Bach since her greatest creativity and ingenuity occurred as a result of her misfortune.
M.O.T.H.E.R. is an organization that strengthens the family unity in 5 ways through:
b. Parenting classes
c. Adult and youth seminars
d. Productions : a one woman show called “Out of Darkness”
e. Social Media
The people that enjoy the services offered by M.O.T.H.E.R. are families and in particular, single parent families. There are also resources for care givers. The singular family unit creates a deficit since one person is doing a job intended for two. According to Pat, a deficit in the family is likely to create a deficit in the society. Her motivation is to offer the support to those parents that she wishes that her parents had had when she was young. Her goal is to improve the quality of life of the children involved, to educate parents what to expect as children grow up, and not to kill their spirit.
Pat is part of a large faith community who appreciate her intentions and thus many of the people that she works with come to her through personal connections. An additional resource comes from social media. Whilst she has no formal training, the School of Life and personal experience coupled with anxiety regarding the effects of her situation on her own children have taught her how to navigate difficulties. In addition, she has enrolled in college level psychology and counselling classes and that contribute to her expertise.
The greatest reward that Pat attains from her business is when families come back to her and share the effects their connection has had on them. Some have attested that they never would have made it without her guidance.
Pat would love for county officials to appropriate more funding to family enhancement. As an elected official in Prince George’s county on the Board of Education, she has dubbed herself “The Voice of the Voiceless”. She has communicated to parents that no question is too dumb to be asked and asks them to email her. Many mistakenly believe that the schools do not care. The schools are not always aware of a situation or know how to navigate the challenges.
M.O.T.H.E.R.’s message is “Everything hinges on the family. When the family is broken the society is broken too.”