Family Scholar House, Inc.

Rating: 4.95 stars   21 reviews

Issues: Education, Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: 403 Reg Smith Circle Louisville KY 40208 USA

Mission: Family Scholar House provides supportive housing and educational programs for low-income single-parent college students and their children. We change lives, families and communities through education.
Programs: Family Scholar House provides housing assistance, academic advising, case management and support services for single mothers experiencing homelessness. The focus is on obtaining baccalaureate degrees to promote career-track employment and economic self-sufficiency.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Family Scholar House is an exceptional organization. It has personally helped me further my education and at the same time has given my daughter and I a place of our own. The staff is wonderful! They're all friendly and very supportive.

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As a participant in this organization, it's helping me reach my goals and dreams!

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I wouldn't change anything about this organization. It's exactly what this country needs to become the great nation it once was!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a participant at FSH for 4.5 years. I came to them in 2006 not truly understanding exactly how their program could benefit my daughter and I. They provided us with stable housing, scholarship opportunities, a donated car and most importantly a support system. Since becoming a part of FSH I have grown tremendously as a student, parent and overall as a person. I received an Associate degree in 2009 and transferred on to work toward my Bachelors degree in Sociology. I am now one semester away from graduating and currently working as an intern with FSH, all made possible by their great organization. My daughter and I could not have hoped for more. She has made many friends and become a part of a great community over the past 4.5 years. We can honestly say that we have gained a family at Family Scholar House. As an intern I am now getting the chance to help others and become a living testimony to how this program has changed not only my life, but the life of my daughter.

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Case management, academic advising, scholarship opportunities, donations.

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Before Family Scholar House grew to become all that it is now, it was known as Project Women- a much smaller organization but still with the same mission. The time I spent as a resident before the program expanded was more of a close knit community and it seemed we had better relationships with our neighbors and the staff. Since the expansion the program has a changed a bit and many of the participants who experienced the change have reported not feeling the same toward FSH.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Durring the 2010/2011 academic school year, I served as a social work intern at the Family Scholar House. Before interning at the Scholar House, I didn't think that I wanted to work with their target population. After my initial interview, I immediately knew that this was an organization that was genuine in serving the community and providing their participants with the best possible services available.
Having been a single teen mother with two children at the age of 19, I was very impressed with the amount of support that the Family Scholar House provided for the single parents of the program. The support extended to the families makes it possible for the parents to focus on continuing their educational goals as well as have a stable environment to raise their children. This holistic approach supports the mental, emotional, scholastic, and spiritual needs of their participants. With the support of the community, donars, and volunteers, the families are able to overcome their challenging backgrounds and move towards eliminating their generational cycle of poverty. I am so glad that I was able to be a part of such a loving, caring and supportive organization. It was a blessing to assist the staff in providing the clients with tools that will assist in their overall success in life.
Harvetta Broadway, MSSW intern

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I've witnessed the graduation of many participants of the Scholar House. Many have gone on to become social workers, and begin to give back to the community a piece of what was given to them as a result of participating in this program.

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Provide them with the resources to duplicate the program nationwide.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Family Scholar House is consistently rated one of Louisville's best nonprofits. And considering the many worthwhile nonprofits Louisville boasts, this is no small compliment to the organization. The staff are competent and dedicated. But the outcomes are the most amazing part of the organization. Participants gain education in and outside formal learning environments. The organization is based on such a solid model that it is considered a thought-leader among other agencies of its kind.

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seeing participants grow, hearing about how participants impact the community after they complete their degrees, and meeting participant-representatives at events.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

allow for hiring more staff and expansion of the organization to different geographic locations.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Family Scholar House assisted in paving the path of my educational journey. They offered support and services to my family while I obtained my undergraduate degree as well as, continued support through my Masters program. I am the 1st in my family to obtain a college degree and feel confident my children will follow in my footsteps. Because of the consistency and stability FSH presented, my family is now self-supporting, independent, and confident. FSH is committed and dedicated to supporting their families for the long term. I am looking forward to purchasing my 1st home within the next year with the support of FSH’s home-ownership program!

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I am currently an investigator on a domestic violence team. I earned a masters degree in Social Work and I am a Certified Social Worker. I recently co-authored the book titled Reinventing Yourself at Any Age: The Power of Change, my chapter offers encouragement and tips pertaining to education and school success. During my undergraduate studies I studied abroad in Uganda, Africa. These achievements were made possible by the support and resources I received while a resident of Family Scholar House.

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FSH continues to grow and evolve as the population changes. They are committed to best practice and serving their clients. Active involvement of graduates is encouraged to offer additional support and mentoring to current residents.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was a social work intern at Family Scholar House and I know from experience that this non-profit organization truly acts on their mission each and everyday by providing guidance and support to single parents as they work towards a four year college degree. Family Scholar House not only focuses on the educational aspect of their single parent students but their work extends to their children as well, encouraging their participants to enroll their children in early learning programs. Family Scholar House has shown me that they are not just ANY non-profit organization, but they are one of the greatest. By opening their arms and their hearts to those who are struggling with poverty and homeless, Family Scholar House advocates for their families to achieve self sufficient lives by creating opportunities be involved in such as courses in financial coaching, healthy lifestyle skill building, parenting classes, and much more! Fortunately, during my time at Family Scholar House I was able to see many families successful graduate from their program and make a better life, but always coming back to help and assist those who once was in their spot. Family Scholar House is indeed one of its kind focusing on a population that society often forgets about. The many experiences I had with Family Scholar House and their participants will forever be a part of my life, and I will always be a supporter of this organization.

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working towards ending the cycle of poverty through education.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hire more people because Family Scholar House is expanding and it would serve the employees and the participants to be able to go to several case managers, pre-residential services coordinators, and academic advisor's.

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Rating: 4 stars  

This program has helped many who would have otherwise been lost. Not only have they assisted with support for education but also housing assitance, and childcare.
Not to be forgotten they have provided much needed emotional support that sadly many of the participants have never had. That support has proven to be the tool needed to assist in breaking the cycle of poverty.

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I did nothing with this agency..but have seen positive results.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This program is a fantastic investment in the future of the families served and our community. I have volunteered and donated! They are changing lives and changing futures!!

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Witnessing the change in families who are served. The hope and choices offered to many who would not have otherwise gotten the opportunity.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to help it grow and expand

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been been a participant at Family Scholar House since June 2008.
I am a student in the University of Louisville's College of Education and I have a cumulative grade point average of 3.552. Throughout the past academic year, I have been an active participant and advocate for the Family Scholar House Program; including accompanying the President/CEO to a national conference, where I presented my story.
The support that I have received through services offered through the Family Scholar House program have completely transformed my life. I now will have the ability to provide better opportunities for my children and myself. I am on track to complete my B.S. in Special Education with a concentration in learning and behavioral disabilities in May 2012.

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I am on track to complete my B.S. in special education in May of 2012 with the support of the Family Scholar House. Through the Family Scholar House, I have received academic services and support, tutoring for my oldest son, who is special needs, received tuition assistance for the Early Learning Campus where my children attend school, housing assistance, and moral support. As well, I have been given generous donations for holidays. The Family Scholar House has become a family to my children and me.

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This organization is absolutely fantastic. I honestly can't think of any changes that are needed with this organization. I hope that I can continue to advocate for the Family Scholar House and educate the public on the importance of this organization and the positive changes it has/is creating for future generations.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have witnessed the enthusiasm, appreciation, and gratitude exhibited by the clients of Family Scholar House. These clients are single parents seeking educational advancement to break the cycle of poverty in which they have been caught. I've witnessed the pride of the clients as they talk about their educational accomplishments. Watching the staff of the organization work with these parents and their children certainly makes clear the power of mission of Family Scholar House.

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attendance at annual luncheon and listened to the young adults testify how Family Scholar House has enabled them to achieve success in education and enter a career that will enable them to provide a better life for their families and to pursue a dream of a profession.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them a magic wand to allow them to offer their services to more individuals and promote higher educational opportunities for more families.

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