Single Mothers Inspiring Lifelong Education (SMILE)

smile logoThrough a grant provided by the Women’s Foundation of Oklahoma, Rogers State University is pleased to provide resources and support for single mothers who are furthering their education at RSU. Being a college student is challenging on its own, but the added complexity of being a single mother can be a constant, uphill climb.

We applaud our single mother students, and hope the resources and services provided through SMILE help make the journey a bit easier. As you peruse the resources listed on the left side of this page, please let us know if there are other services that would be beneficial to single mothers and we will consider adding those.

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Chantel studying while her son colors
My name is Chantel Reben and I’ve decided to be the first person in my family who will graduate from college. I felt it was important to pursue this goal for myself and to pave the road for my son, hoping it will inspire him to set his sights on higher education. I’ve learned that with a strong support system you can achieve anything in life. That’s why I was so excited to be a part of S.M.I.L.E. and help build this COMMUNITY of single moms who are trying to better their lives and their children’s! 

On-Campus Resources

The following list of on-campus resources is provided as a “one-stop shop” where RSU’s single mother students, as well as prospective students, can quickly and easily find the most relevant offices and resources you might need. Please let us know if you have suggestions for other on-campus resources that might be helpful.

Off-Campus Resources

The following list of off-campus resources is provided as a convenient service for RSU’s single mother students. The University does not endorse these resources or the services they provide. Please let us know if you have suggestions for other off-campus resources that might be helpful.

Department of Human Services
Provides food benefits (SNAP), temporary cash assistance (TANF), services for persons with developmental disabilities, adult protective services, child welfare programs, child support services, and child care assistance, licensing and monitoring.

Rogers County Youth Services
Provides an emergency adolescent shelter, family counseling, parenting classes, and community events to serve the Rogers County community by strengthening youth and families.

Habitat for Humanity
Partners with families in need to build decent, affordable homes.

Community Action Resource & Development (CARD)
CARD’s mission is to bring together resources to reduce poverty, revitalize low-income communities, and empower low-income people to attain the skills, education, and opportunities to become self-sufficient.

Good Samaritan Ministry
Our office hours are Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and we are located at 715 OK-88, Claremore, OK 74017.

Creating a healthy, supportive environment for women and families healing from the consequences of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Bridge for the Future Rogers County
A community benefit organization whose purpose is to reduce poverty in Claremore and Rogers County.

Grand Lake Mental Health
Our mission is to create a welcoming, supportive and positive environment, in which an array of effective and efficient trauma-informed, integrated services will promote an improved quality of life for consumers, communities and each other in Northeastern Oklahoma Parenting classes.

Will Rogers Library
918 -341-1564

Claremore Recreation Center

Child Care Referral Hotline
Help locating approved daycare centers for any need.

Light of Hope Inc.
Helping individuals through any difficulty in life.


Sooner Ride
Transportation to doctor’s appointments with Medicare.

For additional community resources, please visit our Counseling Services Community Resources page.