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Cecil Dunn - Executive Director of One Parent Scholar House

At the beginning of 2010, the Hope Center took over management of One Parent Scholar House. I couldn’t be happier about this opportunity to do something about homelessness before it has the opportunity to damage another life – or lives.

You see, studies show that families headed by single parents without education are families who face an increased risk of becoming homeless. The children in these families rely on their sole parents, overwhelmingly young women, to provide them with the resources they need for stability, nurture and growth. Without education, these parents are hard-pressed to provide those resources. At One Parent Scholar House, single-parent families receive:

  • Affordable Housing for the Families
  • Higher Education Opportunities for the parents
  • Child Development and Care for the children

I encourage you to read the personal stories on this website. These women and their children will not be tomorrow’s homeless family. They will be tomorrow’s positive contributors. One Parent Scholar House made that possible.

I ask you to take part in this effort. Your donation will help create more stories like this. Think about it. There are many worthy and effective ways to fight homelessness, but this has to be one of the most gratifying.

Thank you for your interest in One Parent Scholar House. We hope this Website will answer any questions you have. If you’re interested in living at One Parent Scholar House, please go to the “I Need Help” button. You will find everything you need to get started towards a better future for you and your children.

Cecil Dunn
Executive Director

Don & Mira Ball present Education Builds Hope Luncheon 2016

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This is a very inspirational evening. The theme involves families, which is perfect for One Parent Scholar House supporters. Meredith Baxter will be both inspiring and entertaining. Please click the link and order your tickets before Thursday! ... See MoreSee Less

It's a night filled with inspiration. Ball Homes Night of Hope features iconic Family Ties star, Meredith Baxter, along with music from the University of Kentucky Opera Theater and powerful stories. Proceeds benefit the Hope Center whose mission is battling homelessness by treating addiction and mental illness. Mark your calendar for October 27 at 7:00 at the Lexington Opera House. For tickets, calll 859-225-4673 or click here:

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Jackie's Story: I joined the military right out of high school, in 2005. After having my son Maddox and daughter Lexie my marriage dissolved, but when I moved back from Germany, I called One Parent Scholar House, because my aunt knew about the program. I will graduate from Kentucky State University with a double bachelor’s in biology and psychology. One Parent Scholar House was definitely the stepping stone in my life that helped me rebuild to where I am today. I will always be thankful for the experience. The staff has been awesome, especially Miss Janet. They have been a sounding board when I needed it, and made life easier when I encountered bumps in the road. My daughter Lexie is in the Child Development Center, and is thriving. ... See MoreSee Less

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What a hilarious night for supporting One Parent Scholar House thanks to the always funny Etta May and Women Leading Kentucky! Proceeds went to Women Leading Kentucky's scholarship fund which will help our student-parents earn their higher education while their children attend our Child Development Center. ... See MoreSee Less

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See you tonight at Lexington Green's Comedy Off Broadway! Supporting One Parent Scholar House AND getting lots of laughs thanks to Etta May is a win-win! Thank you Women Leading Kentucky!! ... See MoreSee Less

Etta May is just one month away!

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Heather’s Story: My daughter and I, Sierra, who was then two, moved in to One Parent Scholar House. What I loved most was that I was getting a hand-up, not a hand out. I felt empowered! I was surrounded by a community that wanted us to succeed. One Parent is all that plus more. I enrolled in Sullivan Culinary Arts School. The One Parent staff was with me all the way and I was making amazing friends with the other ladies. One Parent brings together people of all different backgrounds and forms a huge support system for us all. Because of this and the excellent pre-school care she received, my daughter Sierra, who is now 14 and attends Sayre, has a strong desire to learn different cultures. Her language skills and drive to succeed are high, and I attribute much of this to the One Parent Scholar House Child Development Center. I am now the Executive Chief and Food Services Director at Bright Horizons-Lexmark Center for Children and I absolutely love my job. I would not be here without One Parent Scholar House. ... See MoreSee Less

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