Fighting Generational Poverty

Bridge the gap

between feeling hopeless to being
ACCOMPLISHED


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.

Mission

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.

Focus

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.

Purpose

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.

HOUSING
CHILDCARE
BOOK SPONSORS
GRANTS AND FAFSA
APPLICATION ASSISTANCE
PROFESSIONAL EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ACADEMIC INCENTIVES

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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

"With an enthusiastic team you can achieve almost anything" — Tahir Shah
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Becky Van Atta

CEO
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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Amy Souza

President
Amy believes that an education is the most effective and valuable tool in combating poverty. She believes in raising up a generation of world changers and renegade thinkers. Amy has an AS with an emphasis in Sociology. She will go on to complete her B.S. in sociology at OSU.
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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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Chris Plummer

Secretary
Chris began volunteering for nonprofits when he was a teenager and quickly developed a passion for charitable work. Being part of Enliven enables him to feed this passion by contributing the administrative skills he has developed in the private sector.
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Mike Van Atta

Marketing
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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Kristin Craven

Research
Kristin is a single mom graduating with honors this spring with an Associates in psychology. Driven by her own life experiences, she is excited to be able to provide insight into helping others overcome the barriers she has faced in order to provide a better life for her family and its future generations.
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Jane Alexander

Treasurer

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