We Believe in Second Chances
PurposeBound Parents is the only community-based nonprofit organization in RVA focused on successful college completion for single parents - a population that has been dismissed because of a belief that they do not have dreams and potentials of having a better future for themselves and their children.
We have worked with enough single parents to know that our community at-large has failed them. There is not enough focus, collaborations or specific educational programs and services that address their needs and remove barriers. This is our Call to Action! Work with us to remove educational and economic barriers that prevent them from having and living productive lives.
PurposeBound started as a "passion" for founder, LaWanda Woods-Howard. All she knew was that she wanted to help single parents - that's it! In 2010, her plan was to help single parents with back-to-school shopping for their kids, possibly, do an annual home make-over/repair project, send kids from single parent households to camp and finding funds to offer individual assistance to single parents with special needs, i.e., helping pay a bill, etc. That's it! No business plan just a desire to be used.
The Vision Begins to Grow. With the help of strong board of directors, this organization is determined to add a housing component to their existing educational programs. Single parents (and people, in general) but, especially single parents who decide that it's time for a change, often face tremendous barriers, i.e., child care, living in an environment where education is not a priority, and let us not forget the "crab mentality". These struggles pulled on the heart of our CEO. She saw a door-opening and she could not resist walking through that door.
Today, PurposeBound Parents is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that advocates for single parents and their children. Established to specifically help low income families who are supporting children, we provide many programs and services to help single parents eliminate the barriers they encounter as they began thinking about going to college!
If you or someone you know is involved or has connections to our target market, we welcome partnerships. Please contact us for coffee and conversation!
OUR MISSION: To improve the lives of single parents and their children by providing hope, resources and a career pathway so families can become self-sustaining and thrive.
OUR GOAL: To reach single parents who are challenged in their efforts to achieve fundamental life accomplishments by providing them with the resources they need to obtain a college degree and to build a strong economic status that will ultimately allow them and their families to enjoy a great quality of life.
OUR VISION: To increase attainment and completion rates of degrees or high-quality credentials to improve the educational outcomes for single parent students while also, providing them a safe environment to live as a community cohort.
Our Future . . . because
The number of single student mothers has more than doubled between 1999 and 2012, but these students are still less likely to graduate than their peers, according to a new report from the Institute of Women's Policy Research (IWPR). According to the report, only 28% of single moms who enrolled in college between 2003 and 2009 graduated within six years, versus 57% of childless female students and 40% of married female students.
Yet for many of these learners, obtaining a college degree is critical to competing in the labor market and providing for their families, writes Meredith Kolodner for the Hechinger Report.