Scholar House success stories mean upcoming vacancies
By Michael Bradford
PADUCAH, Ky. -
Finishing school while raising a child is one of the most challenging things a parent can do. The Scholar House of Paducah is proving a key to many parents' success.
Brittany Beck told Local 6, school was not a top priority for her, but she found out she was pregnant and that she'd be raising her daughter alone, she knew she had to try.
Her name now hangs on a plaque on the Scholar House wall. She has her associates degree and working on her bachelors. She said she won't stop until she has her master's degree in social work.
"A lot of us don't know that there's better," she said about herself and many other single moms. "That we can achieve better, that we can strive for better. A lot of us are not conditioned to think that because we're in poverty."
Becks found her way with the help of the Scholars House. She pays an income-based rent for housing and has access to daycare as long as she's enrolled as a full-time student.
She admits it's a lot of work, but said it's worth it.
"I found my calling," she said.
But every success leaves behind a vacancy.
The 48 unit housing complex will have more vacancies this spring and summer than it has had since it opened. That's because, according to director Debbie Patterson, many of the people who started when the Scholar House first opened are now completing their degrees.
She's happy it's working, but worried about a shrinking waiting list.
"It bothers me because I know that there's a lot of single parents out there with young children who want to finish their education," she said.
Single parents with young children get first priority. Patterson said they need it because they need all the resources the Scholar House has.
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