LEXINGTON, Ky. – Back-to-school shoppers are encouraged to pick up extra supplies for One Parent Scholar House (OPSH), which provides single-parent families with affordable housing, higher education opportunities and participation in a child development center with a five-star rating.
While living at one of the 80 apartments, families receive affordable housing, child care and counseling all on site. The program is designed to help participants achieve personal growth and self-sufficiency through health maintenance, parenting skills, financial management, problem-solving, work skills and job search techniques. There are currently 77 families with 111 children being served.
Parents complete their college education or vocational training course work as full-time students, while children attend the Child Development Center or, if they are older, a local school. Parents have gone on to receive degrees such as biology, education and go on to pursue master’s degrees.
In addition, 100 percent of the children in the program enter kindergarten ready to learn vs. 50 percent for the state.
Here are the items needed:
- Note books
- Pencil sharpeners
- Paper (any variety and color)
- Glue sticks
- Safety scissors (don’t forget about the lefties)
- Lunch boxes
Donations can be dropped off from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays at the One Parent Scholar House’s at the Child Development Center at 1156 Horsemans Lane in Lexington.