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Graduating from Buckner Family Pathways® marks a beautiful beginning to a new chapter. Single parents come to the Family Pathways program eager to chase their dreams and transform their lives for their children. In 2022, Family Pathways served 166 Texas families and reported a 93.9% success rate. This success rate measures program completion: graduation with a degree or certificate, transferring to a higher degree program, and/or achieving sustainable employment and financial self-sufficiency.

We are so proud to celebrate the recent Family Pathways graduates across Texas. We can’t wait to see what goals and dreams they accomplish next.

Longview, Texas

Longview Family Pathways graduatesKeUndrea Brantley is the mother of three beautiful sons. Kaison is 11 years old old, King is 5, and Kairo will be 2 next month. Brantley graduated in April with her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology with a minor in business administration. This degree also contained several certifications making her even more valuable in the employment field. She will be successfully transitioning out of the program.

Shumaria “Shi” Edwards is the mother to two amazing sons, Trent (12) and Jeremiah (11). She graduated in April from University of Texas at Tyler with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. She will be successfully transitioning out of the program.

Annette Chavez is a very proud mother of three children: Chrystyna (10), Angel (8), and Serenity (6). In December 2019, Chavez graduated from Kilgore College with an associate degree and then transferred to the University of Texas at Tyler. In April, Chavez graduated from UT Tyler with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She will be successfully transitioning out of the program.

Ania Austin is the mother of a beautiful 1-year-old girl, Jhaniyaa. Austin is brand new to the program and completed an Associate of Arts from Kilgore College this semester. She will continue with the program and pursue her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at University of Texas at Tyler. Not pictured above.

Lubbock, Texas

Lubbock Family Pathways gradHolly (pictured on the left, with her daughter Jalee on right) graduated with her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lubbock Christian University this spring. She is continuing her education with a master’s degree in linguistics from Texas Tech University. Holly entered the program in 2020 and is hopeful to find a government contract job to apply what she learns through her master program.

Lufkin, Texas

Brittany Fisher graduated this spring from Angelina College. She earned an Associate of Science in Respiratory Care. She is pictured on the left with daughter Sophia.

Lufkin grads

Arielle Anderson graduated from Angelina College this spring. She earned her associate degree in nursing. She and her daughter Madisyn (pictured on right) are excited for their future.

Houston, Texas

Houston Family PathwaysShara Kennedy graduated this spring with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Texas Southern University.

Jennifer Gabriel graduated this spring with an associate degree in child development from Houston Community College.


Dallas, Texas

Dallas Family PathwaysLynette Gilliam graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of North Texas. She joined the Family Pathways program in 2022 and has plans to pursue a graduate program in city and regional planning.

Are you a single parent looking to accomplish academic and financial goals but need support? Learn more about Buckner Family Pathways® or fill out the inquiry form to start the application process.


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