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!
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.
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.
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!
I have known the staff and founders of Hope House for several years. This is a very excellent organization with great integrity. Hope House provides an excellent service to the community by helping break the cycle of dispair and poverty for single teen mothers. The support, training, counseling, structure, and environment provided to the mothers at Hope House is outstanding. They are changing the world one life at a time. They are helping these young families become contributing, successful memebers of society.