ABOUT US

Diane’s Heart Provides a support system to single mothers and their children through education , financial resources , practical assistance and social networks to better their lives and the lives of their children.

Mission

We teach single moms to dream, grow, and live successfully to create stronger children and communities.

Vision

To provide a caring environment for single moms to gain financial support and provide life changing lessons through purpose driven programs that will enrich their lives and the lives of their children.

OUR WORK

 

 

Education

Etiquette

Financial

Community service

Housing

Spiritual

Social

Parenting

Physical / Health

Career

We let single moms know that they are not alone, by acting as their “extended family” in their time of need.

Our goal is to make their lives a little easier while they continue to work hard to make their life and their families’ lives better. We know that even with all the hard work they do day to day, money is still scarce.  That’s one way Diane’s Heart steps in.

See our FACT SHEET for more details.

Touch the heart, teach the mind and connect in spirit

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Tonya H. Allen

Tonya H. Allen

Jermaine Spann

Jermaine Spann

Mary Walton

Mary Walton

Katrina Wilkins

Katrina Wilkins

Sharon Sherrod

Sharon Sherrod

Stacy Kilcoyne

Stacy Kilcoyne

ADVISORY COUNCIL

The Diane’s Heart Advisory Council consists of dedicated volunteers who support our single mom community.

Dr. Kathy Farley-Cook

Dr. Kathy Farley-Cook

“According to U.S. Census Bureau data, out of about 12 million single parent families in 2016, more than 80% were headed by single mothers.”

March 13, 2017, singlemotherguide.com

“Despite negative assumptions that most single moms “selfishly” chose to raise their kids solo, the majority of individuals raising children alone started out in committed relationships and never expected to be single parents. 

Custodial single mothers and their children, unfortunately, are twice as likely to live in poverty as the general population.”

May 22, 2018, verywellfamily.com

 

OUR STORY

When Diane Hill Harrison’s only child Tonya was faced with the unthinkable task of planning her mother’s funeral, she could never have imagined what would follow.  There was one thing friends and family including Tonya didn’t know.  It became evident after the funeral service that Diane had written her own eulogy.  She didn’t put pen to paper and summarize her life in a series of moments or dictate her biography to the minister.  Instead, Diane had lived a life of selfless service about which her daughter and others were not fully aware.   Tonya knew her as a doting and giving mother.  She had also seen her mom share her time, personal advice and even her limited financial resources with others but even Tonya was surprised to learn of the magnitude and significance of her mother’s giving.  When following the funeral service, person after person sought Tonya out to recount the details of kindnesses her mother Diane had shown to them during a time of need, she was both comforted and proud.  She also felt inspired to do more and Diane’s Heart, Inc. was born. 

 

Have you ever known someone who EVERYBODY loved?

Diane’s Heart foundation was established to support single moms and their children.  Studies have consistently shown that the odds are against them.  Being a single mom herself, Diane knew those struggles and worked tirelessly to ensure people she encountered didn’t become those statistics.  Our aim is to continue helping those mothers and children overcome the challenges they face. Diane touched so many and now her legacy of service lives and loves on through Diane’s Heart, Inc.

Tonya H. Allen
Founder and Executive Director

FROM MY HEART….

Growing up with a single mom for me was like having a mom, sister and best friend all in one. In some ways we grew up together but there was always respect and a sense that she was “larger than life” in my eyes.

We had some difficulties including times when she had to tell me that I couldn’t have something or it would have to wait until “next payday.” Even in those instances, my mother never said an ugly word about my absentee father. In fact, she wanted me to know that he loved me but had issues unrelated to me.   She only wished for us to have a relationship.

My mother was a giver, sometimes to a fault as I would see some people take advantage of her. She would always tell me to give from my heart knowing God would repay me. She told me you should never worry about the one trying to use you because the other 99 really needed your help.  I witnessed her helping people when we had little and when we had much.  I am grateful that her open heart is my legacy.