We’re on a mission to empower.
Did you know?
Higher education is the key to thriving, not just surviving.
Single parent college students face a unique set of challenges.
19% of community college students in California reported being homeless at some point during the previous year (OC Register, March 2019). Single mothers often must spend half of their income on housing costs (Bush 2010).
What We Do
Project Self-Sufficiency uses a holistic model of providing financial and psychosocial resources to support a path for a successful academic journey toward economic self-reliance. Our suite of services and supports are customized to meet each scholar’s most pressing needs in order to keep them in school and on track to becoming economically self-sufficient.
A Recipe for Success
About 80% of PSS Scholars successfully graduate with a degree. Four times more PSS scholars graduate than the national average for low-income students! 100% report higher incomes, increased access to stable housing, and improved self-esteem. PSS scholars gain job skills, a career path, and increased confidence on their way to becoming economically self-sufficient. They become your nurses, accountants, social workers, teachers, and community leaders.
Degrees earned since 2009
Families Helped Since 1984
Families Served in 2019
A single mom’s perspective
“As a single mom in college, I am pulled in so many directions. I have to juggle my kids’ needs, my own coursework and classes, and my part-time job. I don’t have a partner, so it’s really stressful and money is always tight. I struggle with mom guilt sometimes. I know I’m getting an education so I can better provide for my kids, but it’s so hard. PSS’s support is not just financial – it helps me emotionally and keeps me focused on my goals. Thank you so much!”
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How You Can Help
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit
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307 Placentia Ave, Suite 203 Newport Beach, CA 92663
Located inside the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living