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2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit

From Lemons to Lemonade

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: Our mission is to support and encourage each other to parent and maintain self-worth while understanding the affects that single parenting can have on our lives and the lives of our children through social media and face-to-face interactions.

Results: With members and supporters all over the globe as of 2014, FL2L has had the pleasure of meeting the following milestones: *Evolved from a single mothers’ support group to a single parent’s support group, providing resources for both single mothers and single fathers *Hosting more than 30 support group meetings annually, from the humble beginnings of just 5 in 2010 *Sponsoring 3 annual seminars committed to educating, empowering, and motivating single parents across the world *Live-streaming online support group sessions to provide a resource to single parents who cannot attend face-to-face meetings *Providing numerous speaking engagements all over the State of Ohio

Target demographics: women, children, and single parents.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2013, we partnered with The East Cleveland Municipal Court to raise enough food to provide over 30 boxes of food. Following the food drive, we were privileged by the participation of new families in one of our monthly support group meetings. We were able to share information with them about programming available to them.

Geographic areas served: Cleveland, Ohio

Programs: Single Parent/Blended Family Blogs Each week, FL2L features new and interesting content that supports our mission for the organization. The content includes information regarding positive parenting, the difficulties and joys of blended families, financial literacy, career advice, and more. Support Group Meetings Throughout the year we hold face-to-face support groups for single parents. We discuss various obstacles and opportunities unique to the single parent community. We tackle the issues surrounding; child support, dating, finishing college, discipline, health, fitness etc. Many of these meetings have been live-streamed and available through our YouTube channel. Criminal Justice Life Skills Class for Women Every other Friday FL2L provides workshops for women who have been charged with crimes. These workshops are held in The East Cleveland Municipal Court.

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Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fre'Chic Austin, founder of From Lemons to lemonade built this organization based on her life experiences as a single mom. Her passion for the organization was born out of a desire for other single mothers to never have to feel isolated in our society. Ms. Austin knew that painful isolation all too well herself and wants single mothers and single fathers to know that they are not a liability to society, rather that they are a viable, productive part of the community. From Lemons To Lemonade uses it's platform to speak and teach on issues that are relevant to today that will promote healthy parent/child relationships and build confident, informed, loving families. This goal is achieved through From Lemons To Lemonade's network of programs, seminars and events that are aimed at teaching, informing families on from how to purchase your first home to how to handle a child with ADHD. From lemons To Lemonade encourages single parents to dream, live in hope and harvest the fruits of their labor.

Pam_79

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fre’chic Austin is AMAZING! To know a single mother turn her trials into triumph, then develop an organization to assist others in the walk of single parenthood, this is truly an example of service! When you have been blessed to overcome; you must then help others over -the -humps as well.
Fre’chic and I meet at a community service event in East Cleveland, OH where she played a major roll in the success of that event’s efforts (Adopt-a Block). I watched her with passion and integrity. It was a privilege when she told me about L2L and what the organization was doing with the East Cleveland Courts with mandated meetings to educate women on creating better choices and stopping the ever revolving cycle of repeat offenders. I had the privilege to sit in on a Lemons-to-Lemonade meeting; I was given the gift to participate. The participants were engaged and excited about creating positive choices for their future. Each person there was treated with respect on equal levels, I believe because of this approach the women felt Fre’chic could truly relate and offer no judgments. They wanted to be there!
I am excited for L2L, I look forward to the growth of this organization and the lives that will be impacted by the vision of this extraordinary women. WAY 2 Go Fre’Chic Austin!!!!!!!!!

Pamela Hill
Founder of I Care / U Care (a non-profit for self esteem and self awareness)

Aisha2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of attending several events Lemons to Lemonade sponsored. The material presented was presented professionally. The information was extremely beneficial and easy to incorporate in the participants daily life. The work Lemons to Lemonade is doing is hugely impactful for the single parent community. As a single mom myself, I learned skills on dealing with blended families, time management as well as work/life balance.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I work at a local High School and have had Frechic Austin come and meet with our teens who are expecting and current teen parents. She is a great mentor and role model for these kids. Someone they look up to and relate to. Her organization is something fantastic and remarkable. Without it, these kids would have no where to turn. Thank you Frechic for all that you do, especially for starting the amazing From Lemons to Lemonade. Keep up the good work!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to have founder Chic Austin speak at my Single Moms Success Conference hosted in Columbus, Ohio. The information that she presented was invaluable and widely received by the audience. It is so refreshing to see woman who practice what they preach. Chic has such an open heart to serve not only single mothers, but her community as a whole. A few months ago she did a literacy challenge which encouraged moms to record themselves taking the time to read a story with their children. From Lemons to Lemonade doesn’t just talking about making changes in their community, they are leading by example and showing parents how to become change agents in their own community!

Tara J.

Board Member

Rating: 5

When Chic called me and asked to serve on the board of From Lemons to Lemonade, it was a no-brainer to say yes. There are few people who truly have the spirit of giving, who use their gifts and talents to help others overcome their challenges. Chic is one of them. Having her at the helm of this organization benefits the women they serve tremendously.

From Lemons to Lemonade is most impressive because they meet women where they are. They understand that life can be difficult, but they serve as a priceless support system for women, many of whom have never found that type of support before in their lives. From Lemons to Lemonade is a phenomenal organization.

Gartrell D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lemons to Lemonade (http://fromlemons2lemonade.com) has been assisting and supporting single Dads and Moms for years. I had the opportunity as a single Father to attend two of the presentations held by the organization both meetings left me feeling energized and encouraged. I left with practicle information that I could use to help my children and myself cope with single parenthood. The open forum was well managed and the community was eager to have their questions answered as we sat in the East Cleveland court room. I look forward to participating in the open forum sessions again and I also follow the organization from the link posted above. Thanks again FreChic Austin for having the courage and vision to help those in need.

1 Alana M.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a support to From Lemons to Lemonade, since the very beginning. This is very near and dear to my heart. I was once a single parent, and I could only hope for something as amazing as this program during that time. Even so, the knowledge and wisdom that has been poured into these ladies, is something that every woman needs, young, old, single or married. I have seen it grow from a small vision to a what it is today. I will continue to support the vision and hope to see it grow into something much more.

1 Tellesha K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Lemons 2 Lemonade because they are so active and effective in their advocacy to help educate and guide single parents in the right direction . Chic Austin is not afraid to advocate strongly and to me that is what makes this organization so effective. I can see the true purpose behind Lemons 2 Lemonade, and I have learned a lot by following them. I call Chic with any questions i have, whether it has to do with guiding me to the right school, where to find help in the community or guidance in becoming a better parent. I also follow her on twitter just to start my day out right. She always have very inspiring things to say, and it helps me in times of need. Lemons to Lemonade always take the time to talk and share their knowledge and support with others and I love and appreciate their compassion for the community.

Nita P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so impressed by the hard work and dedication Fre'Chic Austin and all the members of from lemons to lemonade. She really makes it personal. The meetings are educational, supportive, emotional and fun! She covers topic not only essential for not only single parents but parenting period. I would recomment everyone check out this non profit.

Cleveland Y.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Lemons 2 Lemonade is an AMAZING non-profit that helps women in all walks of life. They truly meet people where they are! I had the privilege to sit in on a meeting and it was amazing! The interaction and the openness was heartwarming. Chic, the founder of L2L has an authentic and charismatic personally with a genuine passion to help the women she serves! Kuddos to L2L