A realistic budget helps single mom catch up with expenses
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“Valerie’s” mentors helped her create a realistic budget so she could see how much she could actually afford to spend.
Continuing to grow — long after the program ends
Mom W’s experience reminds us that change happens slowly. Many of the fruits of the FamilyForward program are not reaped until years later.
Breakfast gathering celebrates FamilyForward mentors
The breakfast gathering for FamilyForward mentors was a wonderful opportunity to thank them for their dedicated service to our families.
An unexpected gift from mentoring
Becoming mentors opened the door to the wonderful gift of an ongoing relationship between two families.
Breaking daily spending habit saves money and time
“Lynn” is learning how to conserve her money and her time, both of which will benefit her children in the long run.
JOY STORIES: Late 2022
Read these brief stories of progress and hope from three families in the FamilyForward program as of late 2022.
Being seen as a whole person
Mom J was able to rise above serious challenges and make significant progress toward a better life.
Mentoring makes FamilyForward unique
FamilyForward's unique mentoring program is one of the critical keys to families’ success as they work to break the cycle of poverty.
JOY STORIES: 2022
Read these brief stories of progress and hope from three families in the FamilyForward program as of early 2022.
A unique perspective
Case Manager Pam Van De Walle offers her thoughts on what she has learned over the past 8+ years serving FamilyForward clients.
Daughter thrives in school thanks to stable housing
It’s back-to-school time! This family’s story demonstrates the importance of stable housing for children to learn and thrive in school.
JOY STORIES: Late 2021
Read these brief stories of progress and hope from three families in the FamilyForward program in late 2021.
Gaining the confidence to succeed
Being held "accountable for your own independence" was key for "Tina" to gain the confidence she needed to plan for a better future.
Mentors instill client confidence, encourage stability
FamilyForward mentors Susie Pierce and Tim Thompson provided the coaching and confidence-boosting their client needed to chart her own path.
Two-year program leads to long-term impact
Meg’s story is an example of the positive, long-term impact that FamilyForward can make in a family’s life.
JOY STORIES: 2021
Joy Stories 2021: Read these brief stories of progress and hope from three families in the FamilyForward program in 2021.
In mentoring, relationships are key to success
The bonds formed among a pair of mentors and a single mom made all the difference as they partnered to improve the family's circumstances.
Single mom succeeds by setting goals
Weekly meetings with her volunteer mentors helped "Lori" identify the steps she needed to take to meet her short-term and long-term goals.
Parents find better jobs, thanks to coaching from mentors
Mentors were key to helping motivated parents find better jobs to provide for their family and future.
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