Family Scholar House is changing lives, families, and communities by focusing on education as a primary path for ending the cycle of inherited poverty. We do this by providing a comprehensive continuum of services for both our student parents and their children, including academic advising, family support services, supportive housing, children’s programming, life skills workshops, co-curricular financial literacy education for children and adults, mentoring, tutoring, and community referrals. Currently, 247 single parent families and 32 foster alumni live at our five Louisville area campuses, with 585 total families served in the Residential Program as of 2019. We also have 791 families in our pre-residential program receiving services while awaiting available housing. In 2019, FSH served 4,694 single parents with 6,208 children and 477 foster alumni, plus 301 seniors and 2,279 other adults from our community.
Our families are all low-income and have experienced homelessness or unstable housing. 95 percent of our families have experienced violence in the home, 59 percent of our participants are first generation college students, and 18 percent are the first in their family to graduate high school. Recognizing that disadvantaged student parents face many obstacles to realizing their educational and career goals, the Family Scholar House model works with each student parent to address each barrier to education and promote the development of independent living skills and self-sufficiency. Through Family Scholar House’s programs, participants have earned 575 college degrees, and adult participants have completed 91 percent of the college credit hours attempted to date. After graduation, 81 percent of our participants exit to stable employment and 66 percent pursue additional education. 59 children of participants have graduated from high school and have continued on to post-secondary educational opportunities, most with scholarships.