This is not just another Huntsville nonprofit. Village of Promise doesn’t merely alleviate the side effects of poverty. As a Family Advancement Center, they use a multi-generational approach to eradicate the root problem. Plus, they offer classes and services to equip families to achieve their goals and contribute to their community.
Read on to learn three ways Village of Promise is helping Huntsville families and get all the exciting details on their upcoming Speaker Series with former astronaut and NFL player Leland Melvin.
1. They help all family types—not just single parents
Rita McAdoo was introduced to Village of Promise when an unfamiliar yet kind woman chased her down in the school parking lot, claiming she knew a place where Rita’s children would thrive.
The woman was Gloria Batts—cofounder of Village of Promise along with Bobby Bradley—and she helped Rita embark on a journey that would change the lives of her family.
At the time, Rita was struggling to raise her three children, but she wasn’t doing it alone—she had the support of her husband. However, Rita soon learned that she didn’t have to be a single mom to receive help from Village of Promise. The organization’s goal is to advance entire families out of poverty, not just single mothers.
“People have the perception that if someone’s struggling in poverty, they have to be a single parent. It’s not necessarily that way. Actually, 95% of the parents we work with are married.”Rita McAdoo, Executive Assistant + Infant University Coordinator, Village of Promise
2. Parents connect with other parents
When Rita first got involved with Village of Promise, she was amazed at the support she received from other parents by participating in the Promise Institute—parent classes including the Infant University, Family Connections and Next Steps.
Additionally, conversations with the Village of Promise staff helped her understand her children better. When she was feeling down because her daughter was struggling with a concept in school, a staff instructor stepped in and helped her understand her daughter’s learning style.
By taking a personal, family-centered approach, Village of Promise is setting the tone for the Huntsville nonprofit sector.
“Our goal is to be the center of best practices for how to advance Huntsville families out of poverty. We do this by identifying a segment of the community—the Northwoods neighborhood—and moving the needle for families in a multi-generational effort.”Dana M. Gillis, CEO, Village of Promise
3. Children’s programs are varied + enriching
Village of Promise not only support families; they also provide amazing children’s programs through Promise Preparatory:
- Early childhood classes (infant, toddler + pre-k 4)
- A 6-week summer program, focusing on the CDF Integrated Reading Curriculum
- Middle school + high school success tutoring
- College success counseling
“I was really invested in being a part of an organization that not only focused on the children or the parents alone, but centered on the dynamic of the family.”Rita McAdoo, Executive Assistant + Infant University Coordinator, Village of Promise
BONUS: Speaker Series with Leland Melvin
Village of Promise is excited to present their speaker series on Tuesday, May 16, at the Space + Rocket Center.
The series will highlight Leland Melvin—an incredible man who has done it all. A former NFL wide receiver, Leland has worn many hats, serving as an engineer, educator and NASA astronaut.
At the Speaker Series, he will share lessons he’s learned during his 24 years of NASA experience to inspire the next generation of STEAM career leaders. Additionally, he share his expertise in the intersection of education and poverty, including best practice solutions for addressing generational poverty.
- What: Village of Promise Speaker Series with Leland Melvin
- When: Tuesday, May 16, 6PM | Cocktail reception, 5:30PM
- Where: U.S. Space + Rocket Center (Davidson Center), 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805