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North Star Receives Grant from CCFWG to Support Single Mothers


Left to right: North Star Executive Director Joyce Lacy, Chester County Fund for Women and Girls Executive Director Michelle Legaspi Sánchez, and North Star Project Manager Nick Lohr at the 2019 CCFWG Grants Celebration; June 18, 2019.

North Star of Chester County is pleased to announce it has received a grant of $10,000 from the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls to continue its homelessness prevention and self-sufficiency program for single working parents and their families. The grant, presented at this week’s CCFWG 2019 Grants Celebration, is part of a two-year commitment from the Fund to provide North Star’s single mothers with economic opportunities.


“We are honored that the Fund values our mission to help single mothers succeed,” said North Star Executive Director Joyce Lacy. “Whether home health aides, hair stylists or office administrators, it is difficult for our mothers to strive for self-sufficiency in Chester County without support and guidance from an agency like ours.”


Now entering its 27th year, the North Star program helps Chester County families avoid homelessness, offering qualified single parents, who are working full time, up to three years of financial assistance, monthly one-on-one budget sessions, and education to help them achieve economic stability and independence. Since 1993, North Star has helped hundreds of families avoid homelessness including 131 single parents and children in the last year. While North Star also helps single fathers, nearly 9 out of 10 families served last year were led by single mothers. North Star’s commitment to guiding single working moms toward self-sufficiency aligns with the mission of the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls, providing the women they serve with resources and opportunities to thrive.

About The Chester County Fund for Women and Girls

The Chester County Fund for Women and Girls was created in 1996 to respond to the vital needs and issues affecting women, girls, and their families in Chester County. Through grantmaking, advocacy, and educational programs, CCFWG strategically works to foster the economic freedom, well-being, and security of women and their families who live and work in the diverse communities throughout Chester County. Learn more at www.ccwomenandgirls.org.

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