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Hope House of Colorado

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Causes: Family Services for Adolescent Parents, Human Services

Mission:

Hope House of Colorado empowers parenting teenage moms to strive for personal and economic self-sufficiency and to understand their significance in God’s sight, resulting in a healthy future for them, and for their children.

Programs:

Participants in the Residential Program are immersed in a highly structured, 5-phase program to develop the skills which will enable them to move toward personal and economic self-sufficiency. With a capacity for 4 mothers and their children at any given time, the program serves an average of 8-10 teen mothers, ages 16-20, per year. These young women are engaged and challenged through a personalized development plan, learning to incorporate healthy routines into daily life, while living with their children and their peers in a safe, supportive group home environment. Some of the key components of the Residential Program include the following:

·         Reside in a stable home that ensures safety and health of children, with the support of trained resident staff members (who provide 24/7 coverage to the program), case management and program specialists.

·         Development of an individualized education/job training plan in cooperation with Case Manager.

·         Attendance of weekly parenting classes, taught by a trained facilitator using the Nurturing Parenting curriculum.  

·         Attendance at weekly practical life skill classes such as budgeting and meal planning.

·         Attendance at bi-monthly classes in the FDIC’s Money Smart curriculum to increase knowledge of personal finances and responsibilities

·         Regular church attendance and participation in weekly Bible study and daily devotions.

·         Attendance in weekly Healthy Relationship classes.

·         Participation in weekly PEACE curriculum (aggression replacement training) designed for at-risk youth, which covers the five major components of empathy, boundaries, social skills, character development and anger management.

Community Stories

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Hope House of Colorado for several months now and love the time I have spent there. It is an amazing organization that helps young moms change the course of their lives. They help teen moms get their education, learn parenting skills, and even find careers. They have many volunteer opportunities that are fulfilling. I feel blessed to be part of Hope House.

Michael387

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am involved in both a volunteer and donor capacity. I can honestly say that what the staff does for the girls changes lives in a very positive manner. Their approach, values, integrity, support system and core beliefs have transformed a hopelessness to a hopefulness in the hearts and minds of the girls that have entered into this program. I am honored to be part of this non-profit organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer and donor, I appreciate how hard the staff works to make Hope House an effective organization that is helping to change the lives of 2 generations - the teen moms & their children. Hope House has classes for relationships, parenting, GED tutoring and study time just to name a few. There are so many resources and so much support for the girls. It is very exciting to watch as the teen moms work so hard to grow and accomplish goals they never thought they could, such as getting their GED, getting jobs or going on to higher education and creating a stable loving environment for their child.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

From my observations as a volunteer at Hope House of Colorado, there is never a dull moment for this ministry! The staff works diligently to connect with the teen moms who have come to live in the residence or have connected with Hope House to acquire their GED through study and testing or come to the resource center to eat lunch and learn new skills to help them raise a child or improve their life skills. While the girls are studying at Hope House, their child is cared for by loving volunteers and although the children’s voices and cries can be heard over the phones and conversation, it is just a reminder of the mission of Hope House, to provide a healthy future for those moms, babies and toddlers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned of Hope House through my church. The organization spoke to my heart, having been a teen mother myself . After touring the facility and observing how the staff helps the participants grow spiritually, helping them to feel welcome and loved solidified my desire to become a volunteer.

Hope House is a Christian based organization offering a myriad of programs to help young mothers become self sufficient and confident role models for their children. GED tutoring, parenting and cooking classes, and the Mentoring program are just few of the programs offered.

I have been a volunteer for over five years, and it continues to fill my heart to be associated with the teen moms and dedicated staff. I assist in tutoring these amazing teen moms for the GED and also help out in the office. Being a part of the transformation of these young moms is a privilege and a blessing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope House is truly that, a place of hope for teen mothers who otherwise would find it very difficult to get a foothold in life for themselves and their child. This is a Christian program that offers support for moms by tutoring for GEDs, babysitting while the moms are in school, transportation, counseling and encouragement, and parenting and relationship classes. In my role as a volunteer I have been continually impressed by their genuine love for teen moms and their little ones, their constant encouragement and their strong faith as they strive to make their "girls" independent and their future hopeful.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Hope House offers teen moms -- who are one of the most overlooked and yet vulnerable populations in our community -- a variety of self-sufficiency programs. It is amazing to see these teen moms working so hard to create a new future for themselves and their child! I had the opportunity to bring a meal to the teen moms and kids living in the Residential home recently, and they were such an inspirational group of young women. Whether you want to support or volunteer in the Residential Program, the GED Lab, the Mentoring Program, the Parenting Classes or one of their other programs, you will be touched by these young moms, their stories, and their dreams! It is an honor to support Hope House!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope House has been for eleven years now and I only learned about it February 2014. I have sent contributions to poverty third world countries since I have worked 55 yrs now. I now volunteer as a receptionist and I see behind the scenes the work and effort put into this project and I am so impressed and thankful to be a part and know that I am making a difference for these Teen Moms and their Children. To bring this population that is in my own back yard out of poverty. I believe in this Mission and I have met the Moms that have graduated this program and they are successful women in the community. They are independently raising their own children, as do many single moms in our community today. I come from a single parent family and know the difficulties. Giving teen Moms and Children hope and a future is what it is all about. This is a Powerful life changing and giving contribution.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope House changes lives by helping these girls believe in themselves. They provide every resource possible for girls who have been through some rough situations. When you change a mother's life you change a child's life, children are always watching and learning from the adults around them. Lisa Stevens has created a loving and safe environment as well as a positive future for these girls and their children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Hope House for two years. I continue to be impressed with their mission to help teen moms learn responsibility, discipline, respect and independence as well as parenting skills. I've been involved in helping a young mom learn how to plan meals, cook and budget for meals. It was rewarding to see the transformation of this young lady from a reluctant, insecure participant to an enthusiastic, confident and productive member of Hope House. With Hope House's structure and loving guidance she became a positive and gracious contributor and leader in this home. I also have had the privilege of tutoring to help students attain their GED which is so essential to their future success. I was able to tutor a young mom in writing skills to help enable her to pass entrance testing into a community college. She is now a CNA working in a local hospital and living independently with her two children. I have also worked in the office and am able to observe the sacrificial commitment of each of the staff. I'm encouraged by the staff's priorities and stewardship of the monies donated to help these young moms. Hope House is making a positive difference for many teen moms and for our society.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the four years that I have been involved with Hope House, I have seen girls turn their lives around due to the help and direction they find from the staff at Hope House. The Staff is so dedicated to the girls and their children. To see the love and care they show is truly amazing! I have helped to collect items for the House and for the girls. Their gratefulness for the encouragement is truly rewarding.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have spent years working in the Social Services field & think Hope House is a wonderful program for many reasons. First, they are Christian based, so are reaching the girls on spiritual as well as physical & mental levels. Second, their program is more long term than many others out there. There goal isn't just to get teen-moms off the street, but to also train them for a job, so when they graduate they are prepared to function as adults in the world. Third, they have a wonderful staff & group of volunteers that truly care about the teenagers. Also, I feel they are reaching a population in a way no other organization is at this time. I feel the best way for this organization to improve would be to expand so they could increase the number of teen parents they are helping.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The first meeting I attended with the founders of Hope House and several board members was a real eye opener. Many nonprofits have groups of volunteers but these wonderful people were different. Their hearts were so deeply guided by their faith and their absolute desire to give these young girls and their children all they could provide. In the Bible it says in Matthew 25 that "inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me". Everyone at Hope House lives this principle wholeheartedy and they encourage trust, hope and expectation in the hearts of each and every young mom.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I am constantly amazed at the thankfulness of young teen moms who utilize the G.E.D. program offered by Hope House. They come to make a beter life for themselves and their children. They are encouraged by staff and volunteers (and other teen moms like themselves) to complete this first step and to move forward to a career that will enable them to make a meaningful contribution to society while enriching their future. I have seen the change in these young ladies and marvel at their attitue toward life after finding out that there are people out there who genuinely care about them and their children. Hope House is a candle to light the way down a path filled with new possibilites and hope. It has been a joy to serve in this small way to help another on her journey towards success. May God continue to bless you and your efforts, Hope House.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteer with Hope House for a couple of years now. I have worked tutoring teen mom with her GED, I have given health talks at the House to teen moms, I have taught a teen to cook and find recipe's. With the time spent at hope House these girls are hungry for knowledge and to learn how to do things right and have the role models that are putting them on God's path to success. I wish that when I was a teen mom that I had a program like this one. It is such a great thing for the girls and their children to have a safe environment to be in.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a mentor for a teen mom, I have seen the miracles that can happen because of Hope House's giving heart for these young girls. Without the support of Hope House, I believe most of the girls would be in dire straits. My teen mom, who I've been matched with for over a year now, has gotten her GED, paid all of her fines with the courts, has her own subsidized apartment, and is currently taking classes through the TANF program with the State. She is determined to go to college and become totally dependent as well as give back to those who have helped her. Hope House has been a blessing to so many people including myself.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I do volunteer work with a similar group, The Gabriel Project, and was just inspired by these ladies who help young mothers get on their feet, finish/attend school, work and raise their children. The fact is that the public school systems don't do much to help teen moms, and many of them drop out of school. Can you imagine supporting a family on a minimum wage job these days? Kudos to the Hope House for providing hope to young mothers!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first experience with Hope House was at the grand opening party for their new house almost 4 years ago. I only served cake that day but in the people I met, I saw the care and commitment that is still the center of their work. I've been hooked since then! What a wonderful ministry that serves the entire teen mother - from education and life skills to career and spiritual pathways. Since I've been involved with Hope House, I've seen them grow - literally, in the reach of their services and figuratively in the spectrum of their care and dedication. They have tremendous faith in their work and through this faith, they are changing the lives of not only the teen mothers they serve directly, but the lives of their babies. At Hope House's annual galas, I enjoy most the testimonials of the girls going through the program and how their lives are changing for the better. There is such "hope" at Hope House! I have such feeling for Hope House and their goals that I got my extended family involved as well. We are all so proud of the work that is done at Hope House and are proud to be involved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mostly I write for Hope House,and, in that capacity I get an inside look at how the program was developed,implemented and how it is now working. I have also volunteered with the girls in the GED program. I am continually impressed with the professionalism, competency and effectiveness of this faith based program. Every staff member and volunteer I have met contributes to the this excellence. These girls learn to be competent, loving mothers and also learn the skills that allow them to support their children. The program breaks the cycle of poverty most of these girls have been trapped in and is so worth supporting.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a bussness owner and communtiy volunteer, I have been invoved with Hope House about 6 years now. Helping teen age mothers and fathers was a big void in our community with most of them having no place to go or support for a positive life style. Hope House is helping our neighborhood with both and many more needs. I have helped by hiring a young mother to help her with financial aid but also to give her some experience in the work inviorment. Hope house is helping our young parents finish their education, providing security, support, positive peirs and more so a place to talk to someone that understands them and their problems.