Empower & Equip Single Parents Enrolled in College

by H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People be Empowered)
Empower & Equip Single Parents Enrolled in College
Empower & Equip Single Parents Enrolled in College
Empower & Equip Single Parents Enrolled in College
Empower & Equip Single Parents Enrolled in College
Empower & Equip Single Parents Enrolled in College
Empower & Equip Single Parents Enrolled in College
Empower & Equip Single Parents Enrolled in College
Empower & Equip Single Parents Enrolled in College
Empower & Equip Single Parents Enrolled in College
Empower & Equip Single Parents Enrolled in College
Empower & Equip Single Parents Enrolled in College
Empower & Equip Single Parents Enrolled in College
Empower & Equip Single Parents Enrolled in College
Empower & Equip Single Parents Enrolled in College
Empower & Equip Single Parents Enrolled in College
Empower & Equip Single Parents Enrolled in College
Empower & Equip Single Parents Enrolled in College
Empower & Equip Single Parents Enrolled in College
Empower & Equip Single Parents Enrolled in College
Empower & Equip Single Parents Enrolled in College
Empower & Equip Single Parents Enrolled in College
Empower & Equip Single Parents Enrolled in College
H.O.P.E. Participant, Shakar
H.O.P.E. Participant, Shakar

We have been so touched by the response we continue to receive for this project supporting single parents enrolled in college. However, we also discovered that many people who donate to H.O.P.E., Inc. don’t realize that we not only support single mothers enrolled in college, but we also provide the same services to single fathers. Since Father’s Day is this Sunday, I thought there was no better time than now to shed light on this fact and to share why it is so important that H.O.P.E. continues to support single fathers.

According to Pew Research, approximately 4 percent of American children are living with a single dad. And, unfortunately, Atlanta is one of the worst cities for solo parents due to income factors, housing affordability, workplace protection, child care assistance, and more. The needs of single-father households are also seen in data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, which found a rise in the number of Georgia families led by single fathers in the past decade, outpacing the rise in single-mother families for the first time since 1970. It may surprise many people to learn that among the fastest-growing types of households in the U.S. were those that include a single father with children, which were up some 45 percent, compared to those with a single mother, which showed only a 35 percent jump.

This trend is showing up not just in Georgia. According to Matthew Weinshenker, an assistant professor of sociology at Fordham University, it is happening nationally as the number of single dads has almost doubled from 1.5 million to 2.79 million since 1990. This is why it is so vital to have programs like H.O.P.E., Inc. that support both single mothers and single fathers.

We’ve had two wonderful, single fathers enrolled in H.O.P.E.’s program but we want to assist even more! We know there are single fathers who need our help, as evidence by a recent phone conversation I had this week when contacting host support for H.O.P.E.'s website. The technician, Tim, on the call was reviewing our website and happened to read HOPE's mission. He was touched by what he read and shared that he could have used our services 20 years ago when he lost his wife in his late 20's and desperately needed help. Tim said he struggled with quality and safe childcare when his two daughters were young. He didn't go to college until his 30's and noted that the work we do is so needed and thanked us for assisting single fathers. If H.O.P.E. had been around back then, Tim would have reached out to us and believes he would be in an even better place in his life than he is right now. He ended the call by saying he encourages single fathers to reach out for assistance and pledged to join our newsletter and make a donation to H.O.P.E.

It's inspiring and humbling to witness when our mission moves people. I invite you to continue to support this project, ensuring the next "Tim" has the resources he needs to create a better life for himself and his children. So, as we celebrate all of the fathers in our lives this Sunday, let’s especially think of the single dads and let them know there is H.O.P.E.!  

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HOPE's Laverne celebrates her son's graduation
HOPE's Laverne celebrates her son's graduation

When you donated to empower and equip single parents enrolled in college, you were not only making a difference in their lives, but you were also making an impact on their children. A few years ago, HOPE participant, Laverne graduated from college as her daughters were graduating from high school and were accepted into Clayton State. And, just last month, Laverne's son graduated from high school and is preparing to enter college to pursue an engineering degree. The power of education and the example it sets for the children of single parents helps ensure that the gifts you provide aren't just short-term Band-Aids -- they are life-changing for both parents and their children.

One of our long-time monthly donors, Sandra, was recently updated on the progress our participants were making this year -- from upcoming graduations to job placements, to participants' children preparing to attend college themselves. She remarked, "that is why I continue to support this organization, and will continue to give, and hopefully, give more one day soon because what it does is phenomenal!"

To demonstrate H.O.P.E.'s phenomenal outcomes, consider that the four-year graduation rate for undergraduate students attending a public college or university is just 33.3%. That number grows slightly when evaluating the six-year graduation rate, to 57.6% (U.S. Department of Education). H.O.P.E. participants, however, have an impressive 88% graduation rate which is due in large part to the support you give them. Reducing the burden of rent and childcare expenses, providing financial literacy training, and offering counseling services help our participants persist to graduation. These mission pillars, coupled with their own hard work and dedication, set our single-parents on a path to success, which are wonderful examples for their children to follow.        

We are excited to soon have even more amazing single-parent graduates, as we are on track to celebrate our 50th program graduate next year! We invite you to continue to be a part of their success and join us in that celebration!

With sincerest thanks,

 

Kenita Smith, Founder & President 

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Jasmine P Graduation Picture
Jasmine P Graduation Picture

It's hard to believe that just a year ago, HOPE became a partner on the GlobalGiving platform. It has been an honor to share our mission with wonderful supporters like you who care about making a positive and long-lasting impact in the lives of single parents enrolled in college.

Although 2020 was quite the year, it didn't stop you from changing lives! With your help, last month three of our single-parent participants were able to graduate with their degrees! For these new college graduates, Basia T., Darlene C., and Jasmine P., life will never be the same. As single mothers, these women faced an uphill battle to graduation. According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) only 8% of single mothers who start college are able to earn an associate or bachelor's degree within six years. You helped them overcome these discouraging statistics and positioned them for a lifetime of self-sufficiency! All three ladies graduated with at least two job offers with boosted incomes to match. 

What's even more exciting is that your donation has also helped improve their lives outside of their career paths. Research shows that college graduates and their families have improved access to health care, paid leave, and retirement benefits. There are also societal benefits to single parents earning a college degree such as improved educational opportunities and health outcomes for their children.

Again, we thank you so much for helping our three recent college graduates on their journeys to earning their degrees. We invite you to continue to join us in making a difference in the lives of even more single parents.

With sincerest thanks,

 

Kenita Smith

Basia T, College Graduate
Basia T, College Graduate
Darlene C., College Graduate
Darlene C., College Graduate

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You helped me and my 4 children survive COVID19!
You helped me and my 4 children survive COVID19!

 

We appreciate you, HOPE provider!

We have all been on a journey since March of this year, and unfortunately, COVID continues to affect more lives, charities, and businesses in our country. With some businesses still being closed our single parents continued to feel the impact of the pandemic, and you were there to help them.

One of our recent graduates experienced COVID19 personally when she and her four children contracted the disease. It was painful and devastating to watch her children suffer through the disease while she, herself, was ill. Thankfully, they all survived without hospitalization or lasting complications as a result of the virus. However, if you weren’t there to provide food and utility assistance for this family, they may have had to battle without nutrition and lights.

Overall, we have provided a total of $11,453 in rent & childcare assistance, in which YOU have provided $5,050 towards those efforts as reported in the last update. In addition, you have provided $1,022 towards the $2,992.04 in emergency assistance we have provided for families infected with COVID19. 

We are so glad you answered the call to help us help others. Without you, our mission would have been amongst the 40% of those that didn’t make it through 2020. We love what we do and we can only keep doing it if you help us.

We are SO grateful!

Thank you.

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Thank you for your help!
Thank you for your help!

Is there really hope on the other side of this pandemic? We certainly believe there is hope. We see it every week through your actions. 

We solicited your support to help ten single parents who were negatively impacted by COVID19. Some had lost their jobs, others had their hours reduced, while one was battling the disease herself while caring for twin 20-month-old children! But you stepped right in and made sure they had shelter, childcare (for those still able to attend childcare), groceries, utilities paid, protective gear, and even a laptop to help them complete their online classes. 

In detail, you provided $5,050 in rent and childcare assistance, $850 in food; as well as, diapers, baby wipes, cleaning supplies, and protective gear. Watch our quick COVID19 update video linked below for more info. Our single parents are on the road to recovering financially as the country reopens and we owe it all to you!

THANK YOU! 

You gave us groceries, thank you!
You gave us groceries, thank you!

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H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People be Empowered)

Location: Duluth, GA - USA
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Twitter: @HOPEInc1
Project Leader:
Kenita Smith
Duluth, GA United States
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