Family Scholar House Helps Single Parent Families

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Sisters of St. Benedict Help Single-Parents Complete College Degrees with Family Scholar House Program

Since 2017 the Sisters of St. Benedict have been recognized as an affiliate of the Family Scholar House, Inc., and have been using the successful program to serve single-parent families within Dubois, Gibson, Perry, Pike, Orange, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick Counties. Family Scholar House’s mission is to end the cycle of poverty by giving single-parent students the support they need to earn a college degree.

The Family Scholar House recognizes the challenges that single parents face trying to provide housing, childcare, and basic necessities for their children without adequate income or the education necessary to obtain career-track employment. Through a continuum of services, Family Scholar House provides educational support and case management services. Sisters Barbara C. Schmitz and Traci Stutz are co-directors of the program.

There are three phases to the Family Scholar House program.

Phase one is a non-residential program, which the Sisters have been providing since 2012. The non-residential program allows single-parents to connect with the Sisters who then provide academic advising, mentoring, tutoring, and referrals to other service providers.

The second phase is a pre-residential program, where the Sisters work to identify single-parents who need residential housing for themselves and their children in order for the parent to complete their college degree.

And finally, the third phase is a residential program where the Sisters hope to take the program in the future. The residential program would enable the Sisters to offer housing options to qualifying participants.


Please contact Sr. Barbara C. Schmitz at 812.631.2832 or Sr. Traci Stutz at 812.639.4077 to schedule a private conversation about the Family Scholar House Program. Single-parents wishing to complete a college degree are encouraged to learn more about the Family Scholar House program.

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