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Uplifting Parents

The Uplifting Parents Program (Program UP) was created to empower single parent families by providing resources to support their advancement in education or job training.  The goal is to assist lower-income single parents to acquire the education or job training needed to become financially sustainable in order to provide stability and greater opportunity for their children.  Catholic Social Services has been working with a coalition consisting of key partner agencies to develop the program.  Some of the program components are:

  • Scholarship funds/stipends
  • Program evaluation
  • Mentoring & support services by a Catholic Social Services social worker
  • Parenting Classes
  • Financial counseling & classes
  • Group activities


To uplift parents to achieve success in providing stability and greater opportunity for their family.


To empower single parents to achieve greater financial and socioemotional stability for their families by assisting parents in advancing their education and careers by providing mentoring services, community resources, and scholarship funding.

Mentoring Services are the Heart of the Program

UP participants are matched with a mentor from the Family Services Department at Catholic Social Services.  The mentor establishes a close relationship with the participant to provide holistic support.  A major task for the mentor is to help anticipate and intercept potential crises that could detail the participant’s success.  The mentor is there for the UP participants through “thick and thin;” it’s the heart of the program and the mentoring services provide the wraparound services that will assist that participant in achieving success.

Referrals to Community Partners for Additional Support

The mentor will provide additional community referrals that will assist you in obtaining your goals.

Uplifting Parents Program on Real Presence Radio

CSS staffers talked about the Uplifting Parents Program on Real Presence Radio last week. Thanks to host Andy Shaw and RPR’s Brandon Clark for the chance to tell a wider audience about the amazing work that Program UP is doing to help low-income single parent families in the Rapid City area get a degree or job skill that will lift them out of poverty.  You can find the podcast here – Jan 30 Hr.1: https://yourcatholicradiostation.com/real-presence-live-podcasts

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