A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out

MADYSEN | Defeating the Odds

Madysen’s childhood was spent in a drug house and prostitution. With her innocence and childhood years stripped away from her, she believed this would define the rest of her life until she came to I Pour Life.

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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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