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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

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2016 Don & Mira Ball Education Builds Hope Luncheon

May 12, 2016, 12:15pm - May 12, 2016, 1:30pm

The Carrick House

The 2016 Don & Mira Ball Education Builds Hope Luncheon is scheduled for May 12, 2016 at 12:15 pm at the Carrick House in Downtown Lexington. Education Builds Hope, now in it’s fifth year, is the premier fundraiser for One Parent Scholar House, a program that empowers single parents to earn their college degree by providing affordable housing for their families, on-site care and development for their children, counseling, and support from a community of staff and neighbors. This year’s featured speaker is Dr. Brenda Combs. Dr. Combs is living proof of what the human spirit can overcome. With her life story dubbed “from homeless to hero” by the media, Dr. Combs overcame a cocaine addiction and an unrelenting life on the streets to attain a master’s degree in special education, earn a doctorate in organizational leadership, and become a teacher of at-risk youth – all while raising a young son on her own. We'll also welcome residents from One Parent Scholar House, sharing their stories of hope and happiness. Join us for food, conversation, and fellowship, all to benefit this worthwhile program.

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We're excited to announce our featured speaker for this year's Don & Mira Ball Education Builds Hope, Dr. Brenda Combs! She is living proof of what the human spirit can overcome. With her life story dubbed “from homeless to hero” by the media, Dr. Combs overcame a cocaine addiction and an unrelenting life on the streets to attain a master’s degree in special education, earn a doctorate in organizational leadership, and become a teacher of at-risk youth – all while raising a young son on her own.
You can find tickets and more info about this event at www.oneparentscholarhouse.org. Join us for this awesome event!
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We had lots of fun over the holidays, thanks to some of our generous supporters! Our Cookies with Santa event with Ashland featured cookie decorating, gifts, and of course, Santa! ... See MoreSee Less

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