LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The community came together to help dozens of families’ dreams come true and move them into a place they can call their own.
Frances Parrish was one of the dreamers whose new life was about to become reality.
It’s been a long time since Parrish had a place of her own that she could call home.
It was just two years ago, Parrish left Oakland, California with her kids, a bag of clothes and one pair of shoes.
She came to Louisville where her parents opened their doors for her.
“One of the challenges that I had was financial challenges -- being nervous about how am I going to have enough money to have a house of my own,” Parrish said.
Those nerves Parrish once had have now been replaced with strength.
Parrish is able to live in her own apartment thanks to Family Scholar House.
This non-profit organization helps provide housing and educational support to single parent college students like Parrish.
The newly built complex located in the Parkland neighborhood will be home to 48 families and many of them had help moving in from community members and officers from Louisville Metro Police’s second division.
“More important than any building we built, we’re building futures. We’re building futures of the parents that live here and their children,” Family Scholar House President and CEO Cathe Dykstra said.
Parrish will continue her studies at Jefferson Community and Technical College and one day will receive her associate’s degree to better her life and her kids.
“I am a single mother and worked so hard to raise my son in the right direction so he can see there’s other things in life than struggling and not having anything,” she said.
Residents at the Parkland Scholar House will have to give 30 percent of their income to the organization and will be responsible for paying their LG & E bill. The rest of the utilities are paid for.