Dana and family

Single Mom houses homeless families

Conchetta House is a local non profit started by my boys and I to help other single parent families, who are making the brave choice to return to college and are at risk dropping out due to financial hardship, gain subsidized housing.

Being a single parent myself,and now unemployed, it has been more important to me than ever before to help other single parent families be rewarded for making the right choice to move out of poverty through education. My boys and I have had garage sales, with the boys selling their own toys, to start Conchetta House.

We knew that this was an important mission, and when we found single parent families living in their cars and trying to go to school, we became determined to make a difference, and help families become safe. My boys and I are giving everything we have to making this dream come true.

During the day, I am looking for a job, and at night I am advocating for single parent families to find a way to complete their education through housing, life coaching, financial coaching, and parenting.

The goal of Conchetta House is two fold. First, we believe that by investing deeply into families, we can help them move from poverty to self sustaining after graduation. Secondly, we believe that the best role model that a child can have to go to college, is to watch their parents graduate.

We are a non profit that is started by single parents for single parents. Our budget is literally on a wing and a prayer, often times coming out of my own pocket to cover expenses. Yet I am compelled by this forgotten group of brave people,people just like me, single parents who believe in education for themselves and for their children.

Here is also an article on us:
http://www.theolympian.com/2010/09/26/1382140/houses-that-are-homes-and-a-road.html

I am hoping to triple the amount of families that we serve in to both Pierce and Thurston counties in 2011, and to positively impact families lives for generations to come.

I did not start this to be "get a job" , this is an act of devotion and love for my great grandmother, Conchetta , who believed that single parents were special and needed support and community. Conchetta House is built on love and hope.

And in some small way, I hope that I will be able to finally finish my degree and be the shining example to my kids that the families are to thiers. Thank you.

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B.hoxha says ... on Saturday, Dec 11 at 1:07 PM

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Crystal says ... on Sunday, Dec 12 at 10:34 PM

You have such a big heart! Thank you for your concern for others and for all you do.

Mel says ... on Tuesday, Dec 14 at 7:06 AM

You are amazing in the work you do right here in YOUR community. You give and give and don't expect back. I vote for you!!

Faye says ... on Monday, Dec 20 at 5:42 PM

This is a wonderful thing that Sandy is doing!!

marie short says ... on Wednesday, Jan 12 at 2:43 PM

my daughter has 5 kids and is going thru a divorce.she tried to go to school but it was too much.dshs wouldnt fund daycare unless she worked 20 hrs a week.work,school,study,single parent to 5.can you imagine the stress of that routine.

Mary Rodowicz says ... on Thursday, Mar 3 at 8:46 PM

Like myself always trying to help others ...you are amazing and have a HUGE heart...my vote is with you!! Mary=) @alongcamemary1 on twitter

Joanne Sandifer says ... on Monday, Aug 22 at 7:24 AM

Sandi, I vote for you/Conchetta House! I have such respect for your selfless drive and compassion. Over the years past working in Non profits like Children's Home Society, and Community Mental Health I witnessed time and again a need for Conchetta!!

Melanie says ... on Tuesday, Aug 23 at 9:53 PM

This is the one that will make a difference for not just one person but a family. Not just one generation, but more than one. A life changing possibility for one parent that will lead to a legacy that will be handed down! Chonchetta House has my vote

Jennifer Tobias says ... on Wednesday, Aug 24 at 3:31 PM

Conchetta House is AWESOME and you are AMAZING! Keep up the good work! You have my vote for sure!

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