Cathe Dykstra – Hero of Education

Cathe has been leading Family Scholar House (FSH) since 2005. The mission of FSH is to “End the cycle of poverty and transform our community by empowering families and youth to succeed in education and achieve life-long self-sufficiency.” In 2005, FSH was serving 4 families. Now since Cathe has been there, last year they served 3,571 families. That’s just one of many stunning statistics that show the success that the program has had in just the last 13 years under her leadership. You don’t have to know the numbers though, to see how much Cathe cares for the women and families at FSH. Her fervor and tenacity are evident in the way that she talks about the program and the way that she relates to everyone around her. It’s inspiring to see all of the families who have put in the hard work to beat the odds, become educated, get full-time jobs, and raise families that have a bright future ahead of them. It certainly isn’t easy for these families, but because of FSH they now have the opportunity.



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