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Family Scholar House, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Family Services for Adolescent Parents, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Human Services, Single Parent Agencies

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.

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Combining care, love, education, incentive and discipline, Family Scholar House provides immeasurable support to single parent families. This organization reaches to the core and gives hope.

Sarah Y.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I hope that The Family scholar house one day can reach every state in the U.S. This organization is more then just people that help single parent, they are family when there is no family. There is nothing within reason that the employees are willing to help with and/or find an outside resource that can assist. I'm forever in debt to them for all they have done for me and my small family and I don't even live there yet !

1 Abigail M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have spent thousands of hours teaching women how to love, honor, and serve from their heart, to self and others. When facilitating empowering workshops to the ladies of FSH, they not only grow from the workshop experience, they continue to grow in what my company teaches because of the staff and community of FSH. The FSH supports, encourages, and makes possible a strong life for these ladies- not a future, but in the presnt, a beautiful life.

www.abigailacademy.com

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had a wonderful experience with family scholar house. The program is a great opportunity for single mothers to become motivated to do the right thing. This program has and will open the doors to many great opportunities as well as become a stepping stool for most individuals.

Whitney S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Family Scholar House is an amazing program. I would recommend this program to any individual who has children and trying to persue a degree. What makes this program so great is the fact that they are there for you with whatevee you need like: help with a bill, if you need food and clothes.

1 Tymesha T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I first got pregnant I was devestated. I was attending u of k and I thought about giving it all up, until I heard about the family scholar house. The family scholar house motivated me to stay in school and helped me understand that just because I have a child doesnt mean I cant be successful. I really thank god for them because without them I probably would be a college drop out! Thank you soooo much fsh. I love all of you!

Alyson B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Family Scholar House is a wonderful non-profit organization! They put all their time into helping others in need. They are dedicated to their participants at all times. FSH has inspired me to want to become a social worker. I look forward to becoming a pre-resident at FSH and continue working with FSH for many years to come. Family Scholar House is truly one big family that supports many participants through education and life.

Jamira D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

family scholar house is a very helpful program to be a part of. everyone who is part of fsh gets the job done by making me and my family happy and proud to say we are a part of them. without the help of the program i would be less fortunate then what i am now. thanks fsh

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I like the work the people at FSH are doing. They are giving alot of people an opportunity through their service.

Mechell K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a divorced single parent of 4 that came to family scholar because of a domestic violence issue . I always wanted to go back to school but couldn't afford to, bit now because of the family scholar house i am able to do so.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Ricki M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Harvetta B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Dana P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

Darlene T.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!!

Brooke M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Maggie N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.