Overcoming obstacles for the college bound single parent

We believe a college education is the solution in fighting generational poverty.
An avenue to their accomplishments is to provide college housing at no cost to single mothers.


Enliven Foundation is in the business of equipping and empowering parents to achieve personal and academic success by providing practical needs, academic guidance, and emotional support.

The Fight

When a child looks to a parent for guidance into adulthood and finds that the parent values education, the child will most likely choose education as well.
Quite often single mothers are at a financial disadvantage in achieving their academic goals. Lacking supportive family and raising their children alone, they find themselves reliant on state assistance or in a minimum wage job, without hope of achieving their goals. Enliven strives to restore hope where it was lost.


Our focus is in helping single parents who are in poverty achieve their academic goals. The founding board of Enliven recognizes that there is a population of single parents who are trapped in the financial struggle of paying for housing and childcare while attempting to achieve their academic goals. Enliven strives to conquer this enormous obstacle by offering housing to those single mothers who strive to break the strongholds of generational poverty and provide a promising future to their children.


Enliven’s main purpose is to bridge the gap between defeat and accomplishment. We believe education is the solution. An avenue to their accomplishments is to provide college housing at no cost.


The more you know

Shelter or Education... Why make them choose?

Although there is government subsidized housing, currently there is up to a three year waiting list. Enliven strives to provide housing for single mothers at no cost during this interim.

Although the qualified applicant can receive state assistance, there are parameters. In them, the single mother will receive $432 in cash and also food stamps. The cash received is to cover ALL living expenses.

  • Poverty

    Two out of five of single mothers live in poverty

  • Wage

    The average wage of these mothers is $430/month

  • Education

    Two million single mothers have little or no means to contribute financially to their educational expenses

  • Choices

    Single mothers in poverty are forced to choose between a college education and shelter for their children

Enliven's Board Members

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Becky Van Atta

Becky has spent over 15 years assisting single moms, including several housing programs. She knows firsthand what these young women are experiencing. Becky is the heart behind Enliven and she will not stop until single parents have restored hope & have the resources needed to make healthy choices.
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Gamael Nassar

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Shawn Hayward

Vice Chair
Shawn is a freelance web developer and father of two. He has a passion for community and people and believes Enliven can be a great partnership between those needing assistance and those able to give it.
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Jennifer Harrison

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Mike Van Atta

Board Member
Mike is a business owner, father, grandfather, and a man of many talents, as well as a supporter of his wife, Becky, the CEO of Enliven. His goal is to advocate for Enliven based on the impact it can have on our local economies along with the individual lives of those whom it will benefit.
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Trent Lesire

Board Member
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Beth Suhr

Beth has a background in corporate healthcare. She volunteers time to different organizations. She would like to utilize her passion to helping others through Enliven.

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