Homeless Prenatal Program, Inc.

Rating: 4.9 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Health, Human Services, Reproductive Rights

Location: 2500 18th St San Francisco CA 94110 USA

Mission: In partnership with our families, break the cycle of childhood poverty
Results: In the 2007-2008 fiscal year, HPP clients gave birth to 234 babies. Of the 234 births, 92% (215) had healthy birth weights of 5lbs 8ozs or higher and 99% (231) were born drug free -- a 3 percentage improvement over the prior year. HPP also assisted 489 families to obtain housing during the 2007-2008 fiscal year, an increase of 22% above the prior year.
Target demographics: Homeless and low-income mothers and fathers and their families in the San Francisco area.
Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area
Programs:

In addition to HPP's family case management services, poor and homeless families can participate in the following activities:

·        The Wellness Center: Prenatal and parenting classes, support groups, doula (birth coach) support, alternative health services (e.g., massage, yoga, acupuncture).

·        Community Health Worker (CHW) Training Program: Prepares women for meaningful, family supporting careers as CHWs in community based organizations.

·        Housing Assistance Program: Financial assistance and workshops that help families obtain and retain safe and permanent housing. 

·        Economic Stability: Free tax preparation services, education in the U.S. Tax Code, and assistance with IRS initiated tax issues; assistance in obtaining public benefits to which clients are entitled; financial and legal counseling; and financial education classes. 

·        Family Stability: Case management for addressing substance abuse, domestic violence, child welfare, emergency needs for food, shelter, transportation and children (e.g., diapers, formula, school supplies), and maintaining intact families (keeping the child out of the foster care system) or reuniting parents with their children who were in foster care.  Psychotherapy for clients in crisis, victims of domestic violence, and child-parent pairs. Volunteer-led ESL (English as Second Language), art, gardening, quilting and sewing classes which are both practical and therapeutic. Cross-referral collaborations with social service agencies for services we cannot provide ourselves (e.g., domestic violence counseling, substance abuse treatment programs, legal services).

·        Child Development: On-site childcare center with childcare specialists trained in child development, mother/child playgroups to promote bonding and healthy child development, free cribs (with safety class) and strollers, assistance in applying for free high-quality pre-schools and subsidized day care.

·        Community Technology Center: “Open Lab” access to computers with one-on-one and group tutoring; help with job searches and assistance in preparing resumes, training in software applications and hardware trouble-shooing for CHWs and staff. 


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Rating: 5 stars  

I've volunteered on and off with HPP for a year, and every time I visit, I'm impressed. It's a colorful, comfortable, well-run space. It feels hopeful. You can tell that the employees want to be there, and that the moms and dads who visit HPP want to do the best by their children. Sharon B., the volunteer coordinator, is so nice and very on top of things. I've volunteered at their various events, and everything runs so smoothly! I'm inspired by everyone involved.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them funds to speed up their internet, saving their employees precious time!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Every week, a group of Adobe Systems employees gather over lunch to knit baby items for the women at the Homeless Prenatal Program (HPP), a non-profit in our neighborhood serving pregnant women who are homeless. After the women complete an intensive eight-week program, learning parenting skills and receiving neonatal care, HPP throws a baby shower with gifts for their babies. We happily provide hand-knit hats and blankets for these baby showers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

HPP was a great place to volunteer. The staff is great and a lot of them have been through the same struggles as the clients. The people we helped really appreciated my time and I felt like I was making a difference.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

motivated and helpful.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Wonderful program that offers a variety of services for both parents and children. Use of the computer center and the sewing/art center. Counseling and clothing plus food.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The programs that it offers, counseling. mentoring, nursing assistance, educational skills, children advocate.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Although I didn't get a great first impression things changed. They have realy been there for me and my son. They have been a support for me, they are there to hear me out,they have helped me with housing, food and have guided me to see my thoughts and dreams turn into reality. They are a great organization. I would just recommend that you speak up, continue to call for updates and work through the changes since they help so many families that you might fall through the cracks.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

oumy personal life and my sons. They have brought the peace that I longed for.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

train the reception staff both the dowstairs and the upstairs) to be more welcoming.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that the case workers walk you through life experinces and help you out the challenges with either resources, a kind word or a listening ear.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wanting to help, ready to hear you out and willing to connect you to the resourcess you need.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help a whole lot of people that they may turn away for lack of funds.

Ways to make it better...

On my first visit they could of been more welcoming.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

too many clients and not enough resources or staff.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the case workers have a wonderful heart, they truly want to help and work har to get you what you need.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

At my high school, every year there is a volunteer fair where students roam around the student center and try to pick what agencies they would like to get involved with to complete their community service graduation requirements. As I flipped through my large stack of brochures, no agency seemed to spark my interest. However, as I walked by the Homeless Prenatal table, the bright orange flyers caught my eye and I remembered a friend describing her great experience with the program. After talking with the reps for a few minutes and learning about the unique volunteer experience available at HPP, I grabbed a business card and a few months later signed up to be a regular summer volunteer. My experiences at HPP were wonderful. Unlike many of my peers who got stuck stacking shelves and sorting garbage at other agencies around the city, I was able to spend my volunteer shifts helping with activities that pertained to my own personal interests such as art and child care. From the very first day, everyone from the Case Managers, to the Community Health Workers, to the regular clients were welcoming, enthusiastic, and extremely appreciative towards my presence in the program. The HPP environment is full of warmth and optimism, and I could not believe how quickly my relationships grew with everyone. I will never forget the day two young and quiet brothers entered childcare and refused to let go of their mom’s hands. However, by the end of their mom’s meeting, even though I promised I would be back the next day, they refused to leave their new friend and unfinished puzzles behind. This is just one example of HPP’s ability to bring friendship and guidance to children and parents alike. I hope to return to the program soon, but in the mean time, I plan to carry out the many values of caring, kindness, and service that Homeless Prenatal so beautifully encompasses into my own life and the community around me

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

mothers and families who have become successful after going through extremely hard times

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make more classes and seminars for younger people

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being able to choose my tasks and making friends with employees as well as clients

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely positive, encouraging, and helpful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand its space and reach out to an even wider scale of age groups with more funds

Ways to make it better...

I had been present during more of the events such as the health fair

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

providing all the many services a famiy needs in order to be successful, there are just too many!

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

I admire HPP for its belief that all mothers and families deserve the best, regardless of their situation. As an organization, HPP addresses all aspects of pregnancy, parenthood and families, from emergency food supplies to prenatal yoga. It strives to provides mothers and families with not only the bare necessities, but to make pregnancy and parenthood a positive experience and an opportunity to change things for the better. As a volunteer, I get to see pregnant mothers walking out not only with food and diapers, but with the knowledge that there is an entire community to support them that extends beyond the walls of the building. I also experience the success of HPP's programs simply by meeting the staff. Half of them are former clients, but I honestly would never know who falls into the category of formerly homeless mother and who does not. This community of women supporting women is what draws me back everytime and makes the one-way hour and a half bus ride worth it the minute I walk through the doors.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

talking to clients and former clients. i've never heard anyone have anything bad to say about them

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

include more advocacy and look for more ways to address the roots of problems that bring clients to HPP and work to eliminate them

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the employees who used to be former clients and realizing the strength of HPP's community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

people who could relate to clients.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make living in San Francisco a positive experience for all families

Ways to make it better...

it wasn't so far from my house

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the high prices of housing in the city that make affording other basic necessities almost impossible for many families.

One thing I'd also say is that...

i'd love to work here someday

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

18 people found this review helpful

I help mothers who are part of the Homeless Prenatal Program obtain tax credits at a time in their life when every dollar is very important. I have spent around 400 hours a year doing this for the last three years. Something pulls me there. Recently, I have started helping clients solve other tax problems. What I do is a very small piece of what Homeless Prenatal Program does in helping mothers reconstruct their lives and achieve happiness. HPP is a rare jewel. For me, having volunteered at over thirty social service organizations during the past years, Homeless Prenatal stands out in a very special way. Effective caring is woven throughout their cultural fabric. I can't describe it very well but I certainly can feel it. If you go there, I am sure you will too.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the faces of many of the mothers that I have also been asked to help.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

effective caring.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very committed.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

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9 people found this review helpful

A very big-hearted and selfless organization. I have nothing but great things to say about Martha and the whole crew.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

turning around the lives of many

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

feel really proud of my work

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The helpful and proactive staff members

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

smart, helpful and open minded

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

serve the community to an even larger degree

Ways to make it better...

the staff wasn't so busy

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

17 people found this review helpful

Homeless Prenatal Program is a wonderful organization. They provide an amazing standard of fundamental services to all who pass through their doors, and they do it with love and compassion.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

educating and supporting women during and after their pregnancies.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how accessible it is to everyone.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

open, friendly and welcoming.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

really really help a lot of people.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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