Hope House of Colorado empowers parenting teenage moms to strive for personal and economic self-sufficiency and to understand their significance in Godís sight, resulting in a healthy future for them and for their children.
Impact Summary from the Nonprofit Teen parenting is a significant issue in our community. In fact, 18 babies are born each day to teens in Colorado, and every four hours a baby is born to a Colorado teen between the ages of 15 and 17. Furthermore, teenage mothers are more likely to abuse, abandon or neglect their children. Due to these realities, an innovative venture called Hope House of Colorado was launched in 2003. Designed to help disadvantaged, at-risk teenage mothers become stable parents, the program addresses many areas including economic sustainability and personal development. Hope House provides a wide range of services for teenage moms and their babies including: § Residential Housing for teen moms and their children; § GED classes and test preparation / funding; § Assistance in seeking further education following GED certification; § Life Skills classes (Parenting, Dealing with Domestic Violence, Healthy Relationships, Nutritional Cooking, Anger Management, Job Skills, etc.); § Mentoring; § Certified counseling. Hope House fills a significant gap in the metro area. Although there are multiple providers of supportive services for pregnant teenagers, there are very few support services for these teens after they have their baby and begin parenting. This gap puts teen moms at risk due to the fact that in Colorado, a single mother must work 80 hours per week at minimum wage to earn enough annual income to meet basic needs without public assistance, according to estimates provided by the 2008 Self Sufficiency Standard prepared by the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute.
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