A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out

SHITAWA | Single Mom Rises Up

Shitawa is a 19 years old single mom. She was born in “Gojam” the northern rural area of Ethiopia. Her mother was also a single mom who moved her children to Addis in hopes of a better life. Unfortunately they found countless …

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How Much Does It Cost to Do Nothing?

Older foster youth are the most marginalized youth population in the United States. Only a few programs exist to support these youth aging out of care. Communities have discovered there is a cost of doing nothing for the most …

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Saving a Friend’s Mom from a Heart Attack

Hailey has been in our LifeStrengths program, working with her coach to develop the skills she needs to transition into adulthood. She is an amazing young woman who already has a tremendous life story. As a young teenager, sc …

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How Fast Food Saved Me From Living in a Tent

This is a true story from one of the foster youth who have been part of our LifeStrengths coaching program. His name and minor details have been altered to protect his identity. My name is Sean and when I was eighteen years o …

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What does it mean to “Teach With Your Life”?

Guest Writer: I Pour Life CEO, Julie Higgins One early morning I was reading my bible and came across 1 Timothy 4:11-12: “Get the word out. Teach all these things. And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach …

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I Pour Life Kore: Challenges of Growing a Business During COVID-19

Many women living in Kore, Ethiopia have minimal education, multiple children, and few options to support themselves and their families. Often they are relegated to begging on the street, which rarely enables them to sufficie …

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