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About Us

Our Mission

Forward Foundation 

“Empowering Action to Move Forward”

Strength, Perseverance, Persistence, Purposefulness

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

Our program requirements include completion of required financial education workshops and volunteer hours. We also equip our families with other educational tools and resources. These are led by our community partners who are professionals in the legal, career advancement, mentoring, and family counseling fields.

We firmly believe that our families 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 families with vital resources and basic knowledge of the areas they need to best care for their children.

Our Goal

  • Foster resilience and financial independence
  • Build community and gain valuable skills
  • Bring awareness and advocate for this immense need

Program Requirements

  • Are you a single working parent who is employed full time, going to school full time, or a combination of working while finishing up a degree?
  • Have you encountered a life altering event which has resulted in financial crisis?  (ie: divorce, death, illness, family member caretaker role, extended litigation, etc.)
  • Are you utilizing, or in need of childcare?
  • Are your children under the age of 12?
  • Are you ineligible for DSS (Virginia Department of Social Services) services due to earning too high of an income?

Meet the Board

Great Leadership Helping Our Community Become Stronger

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Andrea Starr

Executive Director / CEO
Jamie Allgood

Jamie Allgood

Chairman
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Pam Langfitt

Secretary
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Tim Amos

Director
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Mary Miller

Case Manager
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Ann Frame

Director
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Dave Fuller

Director
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Danielle Warren

Marketing Intern

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.

In order to make the biggest impact on future success of single parents, it was determined in 2020 the crucial component needed to take families from instability to stability was to provide them with financial assistance for childcare. This enables our families 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

You Can Make a Difference

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

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