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Bridges Winter 2013-2014

Bridges is a quarterly review of regional community and economic development issues, projects and regulatory changes for practitioners from community-based organizations, as well as for Community Reinvestment Act officers, academics and government of

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P U B L I S H E D Q U A RT E R LY BY T H E C O M M U N I T Y D E v E L O P M E N T D E PA RT M E N T O F T H E F E D E R A L R E S E Rv E B A N K O F S T. L O U I S L i n k i n g L e n d e r s A n d C o m m u n i t i e s Winter 2013–2014 Bridges w w w . s t l o u i s f e d . o r g 8 6 4 Anchor Institutions in the Mississippi Delta Insight Park: Visioning the Future of Oxford and Ole Miss Charter School Anchors St. Louis Neighborhood Revitalization continued on Page 2 By Faith Weekly I n May 2013, Katherine Barnett graduated from Spalding University with a business degree in account- ing and a 3.6 GPA. Not an easy feat for Barnett—a high school dropout who earned her GED (with a perfect score) and attended Eastern Ken- tucky University for a semester before transferring to Jefferson Community Technical College ( JCTC) in Louisville with a 1.7 GPA. Then, while attending JCTC part-time, she became pregnant. Friends referred her to a program called Family Scholar House (FSH), which offers comprehensive and holistic services to single par- ents enrolled in college. As a pre-resident student (those receiving some ser- vices but waiting for housing), Barnett received an educational evaluation conducted by FSH and discovered that she has dyslexia, a learning disabil- ity. Her poor performance in school was attributed to this disability, and the discovery also revealed the need for her to attend a college with shorter semesters because of her limited attention span. Barnett enrolled in Spalding Univer- sity, which offers six-week courses. She used to think she wasn't smart, but once she knew about her learning disability and received proper educational tools, she was able to soar. During her entire time at FSH, Barnett maintained a Family Scholar House: Educational Program Breaks Cycle of Poverty for Single Parents in Louisville 4.0 GPA. Today, she is the pro- gram manager for the Louis- ville Asset Building Coalition. "I believe they (FSH) are so successful because they believe in people who don't believe in themselves," Barnett said. "It is already difficult to go to school and have a family. The only thing I know that makes it easier is FSH. You have to do a lot to be in the program. You have to be involved. You have to do your volunteer work, meet with your case worker, meet with your academic advi- sors. But all of that helps you in the process of graduating and getting all of the advantages that you can't get on your own. To have all that housed in one spot, so you don't have to go to 50 different buildings or not know where to go—on top of the housing aspect—[is critical] to get you through college with a child." The Children's Garden at the Stoddard Johnston Scholar House Campus | photos courtesy Marian Development Group LLC I N D E X T h e F e d e r a l r e s e r v e B a n k o F s T . l o u i s : C e n T r a l T o a m e r i C a ' s e C o n o m y ™

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