Give for Good Louisville, hosted by Community Foundation of Louisville, is Sept. 13. Among the many nonprofits participating is Family Scholar House, which has worked to assist single-parent students for more than two decades. But the organization has done so much more.
Family Scholar House (FSH) has built five Louisville campuses to provide safe, secure housing. In fact, their newest one just opened as part of Riverport Landings on Cane Run Road.
An impressive 431 college degrees have been earned by FSH participants, and – thus far – 40 graduates of the program have purchased their own homes, with 100 percent of FSH participants exiting the program to stable housing.
Though most of the children of participants are very young, 39 participants’ kids are also pursuing post-secondary educational opportunities. Eighty-one percent of student-parents that have graduated their residential program have exited to stable employment, 65 percent of FSH participants have continued their post-secondary education after exiting the program and FSH participants have a 92-percent completion rate for college credit hours attempted. You can read more about FSH in this issue of The Voice-Tribune and learn about Give for Good Louisville – a 24-hour period during which the community is asked to give to one of the 500+ nonprofits participating at – giveforgoodlouisville.org.
Speaking of goodness in our community…that’s one of the best ways I know how to describe John Asher, who died suddenly and unexpectedly earlier this week. The iconic face of Churchill Downs – and former columnist for The Voice-Tribune – seemingly never met a stranger and made it a mission to make people feel like they matter. He also was incredibly adept at sharing lighthearted Facebook posts and Tweets – especially about music – that made you stop and smile or quietly nod your head in agreement.
Several hours before John died, he shared the following quote from the late Sen. John McCain on social media: “Nothing in life is more liberating than to fight for a cause larger than yourself, something that encompasses you but is not defined by your existence alone.” While I don’t envision John Asher as a fighter, I always felt like he was a harbinger of happiness and an advocate for a meaningful cause: to share joy and goodness with others.
How lucky we were to have him in our world.