The dream to assist low-income single moms with obtaining a college education was born in a most unusual way. In 2001, Chris Coffman was in his twentieth year of serving as a minister. Mr. Coffman was active in a local ministerial alliance when the group decided to become more engaged in serving the needs of the local community. It was decided that each pastor would be assigned an area to drive and look for potential needs.
It was on a warm spring morning when Mr. Coffman set out with a quick prayer. He hadn’t driven far when he was startled by a young boy, approximately 5 years old, walking alone on the sidewalk of a busy street. Mr. Coffman pulled alongside him and told the boy to meet him at the next corner and that the boy could not be out alone. A woman in a passing car also pulled in. Mr. Coffman and the woman, led by the boy, proceeded to walk him home. When they arrived at an old dilapidated house, they knocked and a young girl – perhaps 10 years old – answered. Observing the wide-eyed look on her face, Mr. Coffman asked her if this was her brother. She said yes. A second question followed “Are you supposed to be watching him?” “Yes.” As she opened the door to let her brother in, Mr. Coffman asked “Is your mother or father here?” She answered, “Just my mother lives here and she is asleep.”
They left the boy in his sister’s care and headed back to their vehicles. Suddenly Mr. Coffman remembered the task he was pursuing before he was interrupted. He was looking for needs in the community! Mr. Coffman had no idea where that short drive would take him. The dream of helping low-income single moms attend college was born in the days following that fortuitous journey.