A team of dedicated but not-so-athletic people have joined with Sidebar at Whiskey Row to raise money for Family Scholar House
This is a team comprised of many people who have agreed to literally give their sweat in order to raise awareness and money for Family Scholar House, a Louisville-based organization dedicated to changing lives, families and communities through education. We encourage you to join our team in the 2013 Derby Festival miniMarathon by actively running under our banner on raceday, supporting us with cheers on raceday or by making a donation on this page to the Family Scholar House organization.
Sidebar at Whiskey Row, a new establishment promising aggressively fun times and the best bourbon, burgers and beer in Louisville, has teamed with our group of not-so-athletic athletes to help make this a reality. They will be sponsoring our official team shirts in addition to providing the official
after-party and training diet for our team. Be sure to check them out if you have not already, on the side of Whiskey Row next to the Yum! Center on 2nd Street.
A word from Family Scholar House about their organization and mission:
Family Scholar House is changing lives, families and communities through education. Our mission is to end the cycle of poverty by giving single-parent students the support they need to earn a college degree. 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.
We currently have 175 residential families - 167 living on our 3 Louisville campuses, and 8 families in Southern Indiana, in residence through our partnership with New Albany Public Housing. We also have 659 families in our pre-residential program receiving services while awaiting available housing.
Last year, we served 2,023 families with 3,027 children and 238 babies on the way.
Our families are all low-income and have experienced homelessness or unstable housing. 95 percent of our families have experienced violence in the home, and 73 percent of our participants are first generation college students. 40 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 81 college degrees - with 40 more anticipated in Spring 2013 - and 20 children of participants have graduated from high school and have continued on to post-secondary educational opportunities, most with scholarships.