Always the teacher, Sister Lucy continues to educate and inspire us through the legacy she leaves in us all.

On Thursday, Aug. 11, our community lost a fearless l7d38776ea8d6deeb12c90a2d4dca5702286f8371eader, a tireless fighter for the rights of women and an unfailing advocate for the power of education to change the world.

Dr. Lucy M. Freibert, SCN, or Sister Lucy as she was affectionately known, accomplished many things in her 93 years. She was a Sister of Charity of Nazareth, a teacher and university professor, a women’s studies scholar, an author, a mentor and, for us at Family Scholar House, a force of nature.

We know that Sister Lucy touched many of your lives as she did ours. As we celebrate her life, we ask that you share your stories with us.

Always the teacher, Sister Lucy continues to educate and inspire us through the legacy she leaves in us all.

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Freedom: a bike to a child; new life to a parent

Courier Journal – Community Challenge

By: Cathe Dykstra, FSH Chief Possibility Officer


What is your best memory of Christmas as a child? Maybe you went to a mall or department store to visit Santa. Maybe you received the present that you most wanted. Maybe it is a memory of being by the Christmas tree, surrounded by family, and you felt special and loved.

When I was six years old, I got the bike I had spent months begging Santa to bring. It was a blue Schwinn with a shiny new bell. I couldn’t wait to ride it. My bike made it possible for me to explore my neighborhood, ride to school with friends and, with much practice, master all sorts of wheelies and tricks. There were many “look Mom, no hands” moments.  I think back on that bike often, particularly at Christmas.

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Family Scholar House plans fifth Louisville campus


With 1,000 families on a waiting list for services, Louisville-based Family Scholar House Inc. plans to break ground late this year on a fifth campus.

The new facility off Cane Run Road will add 64 more apartment units.

The nonprofit Family Scholar House offers housing and other support services to single-parent college students and their children. Its mission is to help those students escape poverty by providing a support network while they pursue college degrees and then careers.

The five-acre complex is part of a larger 34-acre housing development proposed by Louisville developer Marian Development Group LLC, which has partnered with affordable housing developer LDG Development of Louisville on the nearly $63 million project.

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Walk-in makeovers part of Family Scholar House


Along with the brightly colored scarves, pretty heels and professional suits in the roomy walk-in closet on the third floor of the Family Scholar House apartments, hangs a sense of hope. The walls lined with all of the carefully organized elements of a professional wardrobe — from pearls to pumps to pretty silk blouses — convey a sense of certainty that the women who will assemble these pieces into perfectly orchestrated outfits will also be able to accomplish the same kind of transformation with their lives.

According to Michael Buckman, nephew of namesake Linda whose wardrobe is the sartorial seed from which this effort grew, it is exactly what his aunt would have wanted.

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Family Scholar House graduates 51 single parents

By MATTHEW GLOWICKI for The Courier-Journal

Six years ago, Amy Fritz was faced with a choice: live in poverty or go back to school and earn her degree. She chose the latter, and Family Scholar House helped make that decision possible.

Fritz was one of 51 student parents who earned a college degree in the past year — the largest number of Family Scholar House graduates in the program’s history. She’s also the class valedictorian.

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Wine, Women and Shoes


The inaugural Wine, Women and Shoes event kicked off the 2014 Spring season with a bang that was as loud as the guest’s heels on the marble floor of the event’s venue, the Henry Clay. With fine wines and bourbon on hand, designer fashions and some of the city’s most stylish women decked out in their favorite pair of heels, the night was definitely one to remember.

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The Buzz | Wine, Women and Shoes

Written by Kirby Adams
The Courier-Journal

Wine, Women and Shoes – we knew that would get your attention!

You are invited March 6 to sip fine wines, shop designer fashions and shoes, and enjoy the Best in Shoe contest. It’s all part of Wine, Women and Shoes, a party/fundraiser being held at The Henry Clay to benefit Family Scholar House, a nonprofit organization devoted to changing lives, families and communities through education.

For reservations, visit or contact Stephanie Rowe at (502) 813-3085 or

Mechelle Artis: Crossing the Bridge

Crossing the Bridge
NOVEMBER 27, 2013
The Voice-Tribune
by Steve Kaufman

Mechelle Artis has two big posters of the Brooklyn Bridge on the walls of her apartment. She’s never been to New York, but she likes the posters because they remind her of Louisville’s bridges.

They’re cool posters, but they’re also unintentionally symbolic of Mechelle’s situation. As a junior at the University of Louisville, Mechelle is standing on the entry ramp of a bridge that is going to take her across to the next phase of her life.

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Insider Louisville Profile: Cathe Dykstra

By Steve Kaufman

IL Profile: Cathe Dykstra, breaking the cycle of hopelessness, one college grad at a time

Ladasha Downs walked through the lobby of Family Scholar House on a chilly November morning, two-year-old D’Zarian at her side, bundled to the top of his head against the outside cold.

Only his face was showing, and it was a smiling face as he shouted “hi’s” all over the place, giving hugs, happy and carefree as only a two-year-old could be.

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Fmr. Olympian’s mother promotes teamwork, education

by Rachel Platt
Posted on October 22, 2013 at 4:50 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) — The mother of one of the greatest Olympians of all time was in Louisville Tuesday and she had quite a story to tell about her life.

Deborah Phelps, the proud mom of Michael – you know, the swimmer with 18 gold medals –  was at the Marriott in Downtown Louisville where she talked to a crowd about being a single mom raising three children while working as a teacher and eventually a principal. She had a powerful message of teamwork and education.

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