1156 Horsemans Ln.
Lexington KY 40504
Contact Information
Address 1156 Horsemans Ln.
Lexington, KY 40504
Phone (859) 225-4673
Fax 859 225-0785
Contact Name Carrie Thayer
Web and Social Media
Parent Scholars and Children
At A Glance
Former Names
Virginia Place
One Parent Scholar House (current name)
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Donations can be made several ways:
Phone: (859)225-4673
One Parent Scholar House
PO Box 1458
Lexington, KY 40588
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement
The mission of One Parent Scholar House is to assist and encourage single parents in their pursuit of self-sufficiency through higher education by providing:
  • Affordable housing for the families
  • On-site child care and development for their children
  • Counseling
  • Support from a community of staff and neighbors
Background Statement
One Parent Scholar House is a program for single parents who are full-time students attending a post-secondary educational institution. The primary purpose of the program is to help parents and their young children develop the educational and family life skills needed to achieve self-sufficiency.

One Parent Scholar House opened in 1986 under the name Virginia Place with 15 apartments on Virginia Avenue in Lexington.  

In 1995 the program moved to Horsemans Lane where it occupied seven buildings that included 56 two-bedroom apartments.  
In 2006 three additional buildings were built with 16 two-bedroom apartments and eight three-bedroom apartments.  

In 2010, the board of directors asked the Hope Center, Inc. to take over the management of the program and its facilities.  Also in 2010, the Virginia Place name was changed to One Parent Scholar House to better reflect the program's purpose.
Impact Statement
Recent accomplishments:

Each year, One Parent Scholar House celebrates graduation for residents' children in Preschool and graduation for residents who have earned their degrees. This year, 14 preschoolers will graduate to Kindergarten, and 22 parents earned a post-secondary degree, including certificates, associate, bachelors, and master's degrees.

The Child Development Center has earned a 5 STAR rating, the highest rating offered, in the Kentucky All STARS Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System. The 5-STAR rating requires meeting rigorous standards of excellence in increasing kindergarten readiness, creating systems of support, providing parents assurances of quality, and providing opportunities for collaboration.

Goals going forward:

One Parent intends to maintain and expand (where possible) the range of support services available to our resident families with the continued support of various community organizations and local schools.

One Parent will focus on Kindergarten readiness in our Child Development Center. The latest statistics show that 51% of Kentucky children entering Kindergarten do not show test scores that reflect a readiness for this step.

One Parent intends to extend the coverage of its security camera system.

Needs Statement
Current needs for One Parent Scholar House:
New liaison position to work with outside agencies to maximize the benefits available to clients and their children - $36,000
Additional security cameras to complete coverage of the campus - $140,000
Cost of annual leasing and operating of equipment at the on-site laundry facility - $18,000
Counselor to work with parents in more depth regarding their academic progress and the progress of their children in the child development center - $40,000
CEO/Executive Director Statement One Parent Scholar House is the kind of inventive program that not only sees a problem and provides a solution, it prevents that problem from becoming an even bigger one. 

By helping single parents go to college, One Parent Scholar House is helping make sure they can compete in the job market, take care of and house their families and raise the next generation of achievers. 

Board Chair Statement I have been involved with One Parent Scholar House from its beginnings in 1986. It is an immensely satisfying undertaking as I have watched countless young single parents face up to life’s challenges and meet them head-on. I have seen their prospects for the future change from daunting and dim to hopeful and bright. I have seen their children receive the kind of start in life that will benefit them throughout their years. One Parent Scholar House is the kind of program that causes people to take one look and know immediately that this is a good idea, this is what we should be doing, these are people we can help as they help themselves. Here is a place where we can make a lasting, positive change far into the future.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Education / Preschools
Tertiary Organization Category Housing, Shelter / Low-Income & Subsidized Rental Housing
Geographic Areas Served
Fayette County
One Parent Scholar House is located in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky and generally serves clients from the Bluegrass region.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Ken Kerns
Company Affiliation n/a
Term May 2018 to May 2022
Board Members
Ms. Lisa BallBall Homes, LLCVoting
Mrs. Linda BallCommunity VolunteerVoting
Ms. Shirley CookRetiredVoting
Ms. Donna CravenCentral BankVoting
Mr. Matthew R. GalbraithPNC BankVoting
Ms. Florence HuffmanKentucky Board of Social WorkVoting
Ms. Cathy JacobsCommunity VolunteerVoting
Ms. Kimberly JentLFUC Housing AuthorityVoting
Ms. Connie JoinerInsight Media AdvertisingVoting
Mr. Ken KernsCity of WinchesterVoting
Ms. Shirley LivisayCommunity VolunteerVoting
Ms. Lee NimocksCouncil on Postsecondary EducationVoting
Dr. George Privett Jr.Lexington Diagnostic Center and Open MRIVoting
Mr. Bill RouseRouse CompaniesVoting
Mr. Edgar SaganRetiredVoting
Mr. Scott WhiteCarman Fullerton, PLLCVoting
Mr. Jeff ZingerPNC BankVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 47%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 68%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 18%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Ms. Florence Huffman
Company Affiliation Kentucky Board of Social Work
Term Apr 2013 to Apr 2018
CEO Comments
One Parent Scholar House enjoys a strong board with broad community ties.  Several board members have extensive experience and expertise in areas of importance to One Parent residents.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Cecil F. Dunn
Term Start Jan 2010
At the invitation of the board of directors of One Parent Scholar House, Hope Center, Inc. took on the contractual responsibility for the management and administration of One Parent in January, 2010.  The Hope Center, through the efforts of its own employees, provides services in the areas of staff oversight, finance, human resources, development and property management.  At this time, the services provided by the Hope Center are not compensated.  Their value exceeds $100,000 annually.
The Hope Center is a multifaceted social service agency serving the homeless and at-risk populations.  Among those at risk of homelessness are families headed by a single parent without a higher education degree.  More information about the Hope Center may be found at its own GoodGiving portrait page.
Full Time Staff 29
Part Time Staff 14
Volunteers 25
Contractors 8
Retention Rate 62%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 24
Hispanic/Latino 4
Native American/American Indian 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 34
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Hope Center Executive Director
Title Hope Center Administrative Deputy Director
Title Hope Center Chief Financial Officer
Title Hope Center Director of Facilities and Operations
Title Hope Center Director of Development
Title Hope Center Director of Special Projects
Title Child Development Manager
Title Assistant Child Development Manager
Title Housing Manager
Title Program Assistant
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
CEO Comments
The management team and staff now in place at One Parent Scholar House are skilled, experienced and dedicated to their tasks.  Client families receive excellent support while they pursue their studies and development.
Single parents and their dependent children are the focus. One Parent Scholar House is a comprehensive program that includes housing, child care, counseling, workshops, support from neighbors and staff, and special activities. These activities enhance health maintenance, parenting skills, management of family resources, nutritional knowledge, problem solving, work skills and job-search techniques.
Basic to this self-sufficiency program is educational development. Parents fulfill academic or vocational training coursework as full-time students, while the children attend the One Parent Scholar House Child Development Center. The child development center serves children from 6 weeks to 5 years old. It boasts a 3-Star developmental curriculum based program under the guidance of competent, loving teachers. The Child Care Center is a partner with the Early Head Start and the Head Start programs.
Completing the One Parent Scholar House program prepares families to live and work successfully. As each family succeeds and leaves the facility, another family moves in and begins to profit from this unique, integrated and comprehensive program.
Category Human Services, General/Other Programs for Single Parents
Population Served Families, Infants to Preschool (under age 5), At-Risk Populations
Program Short Term Success
On a typical day, the program ensures that 80 single parents and their 100 children live in safe, clean affordable housing.  The parents receive support services as they pursue a degree in higher education.  The children receive child devlopmebnt services on-site.
Program Long term Success
Over a recent five-year period, single parents in the program earned 36 associate degrees, 30 bachelor degrees and 4 master degrees. While these degrees were being earned an annual average of 154 children received early childhood care and development.
Program Success Monitored By
A three-member team of staff professionals meet monthly with all parents individually to discuss and monitor their progress.  Parents submit documentaion of their enrollment and academic results.
Examples of Program Success A resident recently spoke about the opportunity the program provided to her to build a stable foundation for herself and for her six-year-old son. Her life abruptly changed when she was 20 years old and became pregnant. While she managed to complete her undergraduate degree, she lived in a dangerous neighborhood where she did her homework to the occasional sound of gunshots. She also spent some of her time as a single mother homeless. She discovered One Parent SCholar House as she pursued her graduate degree. She is grateful for the safe environment it has provided her and her son. One Parent is a home where she finds a community of support among like-minded mothers. While none of the others are actually related to her, she feels like she has “plenty of kinfolk” here. She also spoke of what the program has done for her son. She said he knows two things for sure: that Mommy has homework and that he is going to college. He is enrolled in the gifted and talented program at Maxwell Elementary.
Program Comments
CEO Comments The strength of this program is its comprehensiveness. It addresses the needs of the entire single-parent family. What is more, it does so in the heart of a supportive community of like-minded people. The parents at One Parent Scholar House support and encourage each other as they pursue their goals.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
One Parent Scholar House collaborates on behalf of student-parents with the following institutions of higher education: University of Kentucky; Bluegrass Community and Technical College; Eastern Kentucky University; Kentucky State University; Transylvania University; Midway College; and several for-profit colleges.
One Parent also works with the Lexington Housing Authority; Family Care Center; Lexington-Fayette County Health Department; Kentucky Housing Corporation; Child Care Assistance Program; Supportive Housing Opportunities for Women; Bluegrass Domestic Violence; God' Pantry; Lexington Junior League; United Way; Community Action Council; Lexmark; and various other agencies, businesses and faith communities.
3 Stars for Kids NowHead Start2011
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? Yes
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $1,257,397.00
Projected Expenses $1,213,965.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Revenue$1,228,506$1,478,994$1,308,484
Total Expenses$1,120,724$1,237,956$1,224,308
Revenue Less Expenses$107,782$241,038$84,176
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$762,254$653,762$649,566
Individual Contributions$335,949$700,491$524,007
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues------
Special Events$56,915$49,194$43,272
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$1,058,228$1,145,177$1,103,930
Administration Expense$60,861$83,816$106,006
Fundraising Expense$1,635$8,963$14,372
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.101.191.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses94%93%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$1,218,040$1,056,754$752,001
Current Assets$1,108,825$960,329$670,868
Long-Term Liabilities$250,000$250,000$250,000
Current Liabilities$5,752$6,617$3,296
Total Net Assets$962,288$800,137$498,705
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
Address 1156 Horsemans Ln.
Lexington, KY 40504
Primary Phone 859 225-4673
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Cecil F. Dunn
Board Chair Mr. Ken Kerns
Board Chair Company Affiliation n/a