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.
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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.