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About Us

Our Mission

Forward Foundation (formerly known as The Sophie House)

“Empowering Action to Move Forward”

Strength, Perseverance, Persistence, Purposefulness

We are working with single mothers who have encountered a life altering event and are now in crisis. Many of our clients have been unable to work because they can’t afford the cost of childcare. By offering them financial assistance with their childcare expenses, they can earn an income and provide for their families.

Our services also include free educational workshops that are taught by professionals from the legal, financial, and family counseling professions. We also offer educational resources from other collaborative partners that will be beneficial to our clients and their children.

We firmly believe that our clients need to be vested. We like to say that “we are not offering a handout, but a hand up”. It is imperative that we equip our clients with vital resources and basic knowledge of the areas they need to best care for their children.

The goal is that we provide the necessary tools needed to take them from instability to stability.

Our History

Triskelion – Also known as the triple spiral, triskelion is another one of Celtic symbols for strength.

Our new logo is derived from the triskelion symbol which represents movement and strength to move forward despite adversities that we may face

The Sophie House was founded by Kimberly Baine-Tillem in 2010 to assist single working mothers and their children during a time of crisis. The idea was based on being able to offer community support and resources.

Last year the organization went through a transitional period. During that time the board decided that the mission needed to be streamlined in order to remain sustainable. After much discussion about how to make the biggest impact on future success of our clients, it was determined the crucial component these women needed to take their family from instability to stability was providing them with financial assistance for childcare. This would enable our clients to work and not have to worry about choosing between feeding or providing shelter for their children. 

Childcare can cost as much as rent. Care.com’s latest annual survey, which factors in parents who use nannies as well as those who opt for daycare, put the national average of childcare expenses at $1,500 per month, or $18,000 per year. That’s equivalent to a national-average rent payment, which Rent Cafe put at $1,405.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that childcare is considered “affordable” if it costs no more than 10 percent of a family’s income. Using Care.com’s average of $18,000, that’d require a combined household income of $180,000. But the latest figures from the Census put the median household income at $61,372, meaning childcare for the average family is likely closer to nearly 30 percent.

Contributing almost 30 percent of your household income to childcare is untenable for many multi-income families, much less single-parent households. Especially considering the state of most people’s personal finances.

In the US as a whole, a family with a child under five with no special needs, no public assistance, and who is in daycare for at least eight hours a week spends a median of $5.31 per hour and $8,320 per year on childcare. Apr 27, 2018

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/child-care-costs-just-hit-a-new-high-2018-10-22

https://www.childcareaware.org/our-issues/research/the-us-and-the-high-price-of-child-care-2019/

https://qz.com/work/1264246/daycare-costs-how-much-us-families-spend-on-childcare/

https://www.verywellfamily.com/cost-of-daycare-616847

Meet the Board

Great Leadership Helping Our Community Become Stronger

Andrea Starr

Andrea Starr

Executive Director / CEO
jimmy comer

Jimmy Commer

Chairman
Christin Bonomonte

Christin Bonomonte

Vice Chair
chris smith

Chris Smith

Treasurer
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Pam Langfitt

Secretary
Jamie Allgood

Jamie Allgood

Director
tim amos

Tim Amos

Director
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Tami Pegg

Director
Anne Simmons Berry

Anne Simmons Berry

Director
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Ann Frame

Director

You Can Make a Difference

The gifts we receive are used to support and enrich the lives of single women and their families, hence enabling them to go from instability to stability.

Your donation to Forward Foundation helps single moms take a step forward by helping them build community and gain valuable skills.