Read President & CEO Cathe Dykstra’s Letter on Human Trafficking

The Courier-Journal – Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Thank you for republishing the article from USA Today, “Sex trafficking in the USA hits close to home.” This is not a widely known issue; and yet, it is important information to share.

When we announced that Carissa Phelps (, attorney, advocate, author of “Runaway Girl” and a survivor of sex trafficking, would be sharing her story at Family Scholar House’s annual luncheon this month, we were surprised by the number of people who thought this was something that only happened in other countries.

This article and stories like Carissa’s remind us that desperate and vulnerable young people in our own community are susceptible to becoming victims of human trafficking. Runaways, homeless youth and those sold by their families into slavery are often invisible to us. Like Asia Graves in the USA Today article, getting out requires getting help from people aware of what is happening. Through education and awareness, we can work together to protect our youth from sexual exploitation and slavery so that we spare the next “Carissa” and the next “Asia” from these horrors and, instead, offer them opportunities for education, support services and the chance to rebuild their self-esteem. We must open our eyes to this growing problem.

Family Scholar House
Louisville 40208

Help Pack a Backpack!

Now through August 10th, Family Scholar House will be collecting school supplies to ensure all FSH students – both children and adults – are ready for the start of the new school year. Donations can be dropped off at the Louisville Scholar House campus (403 Reg Smith Circle, at the corner of 5th and Lee Streets in Old Louisville) or any First Capital Bank of Kentucky branch location.

Items needed include:

  • backpacks
  • folders
  • markers
  • crayons
  • glue sticks
  • small scissors
  • binders
  • pencils and pens
  • college-ruled paper
  • notebooks
  • index cards
  • highlighters
  • pencil pouches or boxes
  • calculators
  • flash drives
  • Kleenex

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Rowe at (502) 813-3086 or

Thanks for your support of our families!


James Peterson | Single dad/student has allies against doubts

Family Scholar House Single Dad and Student Shares His Reflections on Father’s Day

The Courier-Journal – Sunday, June 17, 2012

Overwhelmed, excited and proud are among the emotions I have come to know as a single African-American father raising a daughter and seeking higher education. I am often asked to summarize just how challenging things became for me once I had my daughter. I usually reply by saying, “Things got real!”

Read his full article here.

Family Scholar program helps single mothers reach special day (and a few fathers, too)

Family Scholar House to expand its help thanks to $1.2 million gift

The Courier-Journal, Sunday, May 14, 2012

It was a melancholy Mother’s Day five years ago for Laurel Robinson, a single parent who had put college on hold as she juggled two low-paying jobs, two children and chronic lack of sleep.

But this year, Robinson is celebrating a freshly minted nursing degree – and with it, a fresh outlook on life – because of the affordable housing, child care, mentoring and other aid given her by the Family Scholar House, a Louisville nonprofit organization that helps low-income single parents earn their degree…

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Former Maupin Elementary Rededicated to Education

The old Maupin Elementary School is getting another chance.

The historic building on Catalpa Street has been a boarded-up blight on the Parkland neighborhood for years. Officials with the Shiloh Baptist Church attempted to renovate the building and turn it into affordable housing for senior citizens, but that project ended in disaster – with very little construction accomplished while Shiloh pastor Henry Humphrey and his grant writer were sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to defrauding the federal government out of nearly $1 million.

Now the city of Louisville and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are looking to the non-profit Family Scholar House to finish the renovation and convert the school into affordable housing for single-parent college students who are working toward earning their degrees…

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Family Scholar House Presents the Annual Holiday Adopt-A-Family Program

What: Be matched up with a FSH family and provide gifts and the joy of the season.

We will provide size information and needs and wants for the families.

Wrap and label your gifts or please provide wrapping paper, bows, and tape for the

parents to wrap for Christmas morning

Who: Community members who want to support Family Scholar House families

this holiday season

Where: Deliver your gifts to our main Family Scholar House office at

403 Reg Smith Circle

Louisville, KY 40208

For more information, call Rachel Foster at 502.813.3086

Family Scholar House Celebrates Their 2011 Graduating Class

15 Participants Will Be Recognized For Their Achievements In Pursuing Higher Education

Louisville, KY (May 25, 2011) – Today, Family Scholar House welcomed nearly 100 of the programs closest supporters to help celebrate the newest group of successful graduates at the Gladys and Lewis “Sonny” Bass Louisville Scholar House Campus and Academic Services Center.

“Each and every one of the 15 graduates is actively accomplishing their dreams of higher education,” said Cathe Dykstra, President & CEO of Family Scholar House. “Our graduation celebrations are wonderful reminders of how an entire community supports our student parents and that the success of our graduates are a benefit to us all.”

The largest graduating class to date, with 15 proud and accomplished single-parent students, each celebrates degrees in various fields.

  • Deborah Andrew – Associate of Arts and Science in Business and Administration
  • Sharonda Bradley – Associates of Arts
  • Karie Brown – Bachelor of Arts
  • Rhonda Bynum – Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Alisha Clapper – Associate of Science in General Occupational/Technical Studies (GOTS)
  • Gennell Cockerham – Associate of Arts
  • Faye Duke – Associate of Science
  • Shelton McElroy – Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and Counseling
  • Toshia Henderson – Associate of Arts
  • Jolene Hombecker – Associate of Arts
  • Stacy Jones – Master of Science in Social Work
  • Elizabeth Scott – Master of Science in Social Work
  • Stephanie Sinkfield – Associate of Science
  • Tenesha Washington – Associate of Science
  • Catina White – Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

The event also marked the inaugural Mary O’Connor Education Award in celebration of Cathe Dykstra’s mother who tragically passed away in April. The award will be given annually to a Family Scholar House student or students who will be the first in their families to graduate from college and who are education majors with a personal commitment to sharing the value of education with others, particularly in special education or with special student populations.

“It was important to give my mother’s commitment and love for Family Scholar House a voice.” said Dykstra. “She was such an active advocate for education in my life and the lives of our participants, I am moved that her passion will continue in her honor.”

Family Scholar House is changing lives, families and communities through education. The mission is to end the cycle of poverty by giving single-parent students the support they need to earn a four-year college degree. Since incorporating in 1995, the not-for-profit organization has helped hundreds of families in the Louisville and Southern Indiana region by providing housing and educational support. For more information about Family Scholar House please visit or call 502.584.8090.