Imagine you are a young mother, trying to care for your child and working to sustain both of your lives. School is usually put on the back-burner with no time nor support to go to school and take care of your family. The Family Scholar Househas created a solution for these young parents, giving them a stable home and support for their children while they go back to school. Once these parents are armed with degrees, there is no limit to their future success. With no federal or state funding and no endowment, the Family Scholar House manages to raise $1.6 million dollars each year to make their operation possible. As of February 2018, they are now managing five campuses across Louisville and the expansion possibilities are endless. At the helm of this organization is a dynamic woman, whose official title is Chief Possibility Officer (along with President and CEO), and it is her vision and commitment that has taken this organization from serving four families in 2005 to serving over 3,500 families now. When she’s not working, she loves shopping for shoes (preferably four-inch heels) and watching baseball. Meet Cathe Dykstra, our FACE of Louisville today.
Family Scholar House News
January 31, 2018
If you’re ready to have the world at your feet this spring, one upcoming event will be sure to delight. “Wine Women & Shoes is a fashionable, festive evening filled with – you guessed it! – wine, women and shoes,” explains organizer Kendall Merrick with a laugh. “It’s officially the best girls’ night in the city.”
January 25, 2018
“This place has given me so many opportunities to grow not only as a person but in my professionalism as well,” she said.
December 20, 2017
Cathe Dykstra, Family Scholar House’s president and “chief possibility officer,” said her organization decided to expand its mission to include young adults who’ve been in foster care because they often lack the support of family and are at greater risk of homelessness and poor educational outcomes.
“It’s always been a population that needed attention,” she said.
Celebration of Education Gala
September 27, 2017
On September 21, guests gathered at the Louisville Marriott Downtown for this inspirational evening. Those in attendance heard the stories of a number of Family Scholar House graduates as well as keynote speaker Wanda Durant, mother of NBA star Kevin Durant… Check It Out!
Wave 3 News
August 7, 2017
Through a fence on Cane Run Road, onlookers can see that a few walls are already up, but the ground officially breaks on Riverport Landings on Tuesday…
August 23, 2017
Family Scholar House is hosting their first ever Celebration of Education Gala on September 21, which will take the place of their annual fall luncheon…. Read More
WLKY – LOUISVILLE, Ky. —
Wine, Women, and Shoes will be held March 3 at the Henry Clay.
-Today’s Woman Magazine
The mission of FSH is to “change lives, families, and communities through education,” and it does so by providing a home to single mothers (and their children) as they work their way through college. One hundred percent of the women who are accepted into FSH are homeless; 95 percent of them have experienced domestic violence.
Dozens of children living at the Family Scholar House Campus on Bradley Avenue were treated to deliveries of Halloween goodies Thursday.
The event is called “Reverse trick-or-treating,” meaning children don’t knock on doors, they wait for someone to knock on their door and bring them candy.