The History of Ripple
Ripple of One was founded in 2010 when Stephanie Enders went to David McCutcheon, Director of the United Way of Oconee County, to discuss a way to incentivize struggling families to move beyond government assistance. Her insight was gained through fifteen years of volunteering in homeless shelters and another 5 years of mentoring in the Family Friends Program directed by Sandra Pruitt. Her experience with Family Friends crystallized into a program that merges financial literacy, accountability, mentoring and tailored incentives. This is how Stephanie describes her approach: “Ripple of One was created after I had the opportunity to be a mentor for low income families. I became a family friend, motivator and cheerleader to the parent I was matched with. All the families I worked with lived in government housing or mobile homes. I started to discover some common threads. A thread of not knowing that God has given them gifts and talents they’re not using. Also a thread of being “stuck” with little incentive to move out of their current situation. Sandra taught me that mentoring was key - without a relationship and trust - it's hard to make a difference in a life. With the help of brainstorming with Sandra we added some " ingredients" that has empowered many families."