Bringing the promise of education
to single parents for over 30 years

Selfpower is the power and confidence that comes from deep within the human spirit – once it’s realized, no one can ever take it away. Our role at Project Self-Sufficiency is to simply help single parents see it, believe it, and achieve it.

Our goal as an organization is to cultivate the grit and determination necessary for a lifetime of achievements for single parents and their children. By providing access to education and career development, we strengthen the selfpower necessary for single parents to push through barriers in order for them to live a completely different kind of life.

Barriers such as affordable housing, mental health services, access to quality childcare, reliable transportation, and other challenging circumstances require creative intervention and intensive, personalized advising.

When families are able to support themselves and activate their selfpower, our community is stronger.

160

participants
served annually

77%

of participants
are victims of abuse

43%

of their children
are victims of abuse

30% 

ethnically diverse

55% 

homeless when they enter
the program

$26.02

per hour
top earnings for 2016

20

degrees
earned in 2016

68.7%

enrolled in post
secondary education

64%

STEM
degrees pursued

THE POWERFUL STORY OF

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THE POWERFUL STORY OF

Donavon S.

THE POWERFUL STORY OF

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BRING THE POWER

In the face of hard emotional, physical and financial circumstances, it takes remarkable effort to apply for and get through educational programs and develop career stability for single parents and their children. This kind of success doesn’t happen alone, or overnight, and there are significant challenges to overcome.

We need your help.

Bring the promise of education to single parents. 

“They move people to self-sufficient places in a way where they can become leaders, they actualize people.

Project Self-Sufficiency Donor

Our Process

We partner with single parents on their journey to achieve a rewarding education and develop a career that matters.

From the beginning. Every Participant is paired with an Advisor to create an empowering and trusting relationship. The first steps in the program involve stabilization, strengths-finding, and career counseling to build a personal plan for gaining more education and training. Our model has built-in resources, so Participants can be successful in their journey towards a better future.

Wisdom from Graduates

“Project Self-Sufficiency has raised my confidence far beyond what I could have ever imagined. My degree has opened the door to many different career paths that I can take. My ability for growth is now endless.”

Traci M.

“As soon as I began working with my Advisor, I felt a sense of relief that I could finally do it, that I could finally get an education. I had no idea how much support I would actually receive though, and how much of a difference it would make in every aspect of our lives.

Michelle H.

“Project Self-Sufficiency has provided the resources, the support and the encouragement to make my career dreams come true.”

Jackie H

“Most of all Project Self-Sufficiency has had an impact on my daughter by teaching her you can follow your dreams. Sydney has become the number one supporter of me becoming a teacher. She is so proud of me, and it melts my heart.”

Suzanne D.

Featured Partner

Education is the ultimate equalizer; the rising tide that raises all ships. With an education in hand, individuals are given an opportunity to work, support their families, and be financially self-sufficient. To ensure all of our communities have an educated workforce, First National Bank supports adult basic education, vocational and employability training, life skills education, and youth educational programs and supports such as afterschool programs and tutoring. Mary Audette shares “First National Bank is proud to be part of programs that help single parents succeed.  It is such an essential part of helping our communities thrive.”

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