20 years of transforming lives
For more than 20 years, Hope House Colorado has empowered parenting teen 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.
How Hope House Began
Hope House began when the founders, two former teen moms, recognized that because 67% of teen moms live below the federal poverty line, they are a particularly vulnerable and overlooked population. The challenges these economically disadvantaged teens face were and are still significant: Fewer than 50% of teen moms will graduate from high school; only 2% will ever earn a college degree; and many struggle with mental health and obtaining child care, safe housing and basic needs.
In 1997, there simply wasn’t a place for homeless teen moms and their children. Most group homes were maternity home, and shelters typically only took adult women. It was hard to believe that no one would provide a place for teen moms. Hope House first addressed the issue of homelessness and opened its Residential Program in Arvada in 2003. The house was built with amazing support and a series of miracles – it was truly the house that God built! To date, this program has served more than 100 formerly homeless or at-risk teen moms and their children with a high success rate.
How Hope House Expanded
Just a few years into the Residential Program, Hope House staff were receiving approximately 150 crisis calls annually from teen moms and services providers. Based on the success of the program and the clear need to serve more teen moms and their kids, Hope House launched additional self-sufficiency programs in 2007: GED Program, Parenting and Healthy Relationships Programs, mental health counseling, and life skills classes. In 2013, a temporary (rented) Resource Center located in Westminster provided space for more programming while allowing additional teen moms and children space to live at the house. At this time, the College & Career Program was added, with the launch of the Early Learning Program for the children of teen moms a year later. Additional programs followed including Legal Advocacy, Housing and Economic Navigation, Health & Wellness and more.
In 2017, after a successful $5.4 million capital campaign, a groundbreaking ceremony was held in Arvada (next to the residential house) for a 15,000-square-foot Resource Center. In 2019, the building was completed and programs were moved to this new, debt-free building that has the capacity to serve up to 400 teen moms annually. In 2020, Hope House welcomed its first affiliate, Hope House Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. To date, three affiliate locations have begun the work of empowering teen moms in their area (Greely, CO; Cañon City, CO; and Orange County, CA)!
Over the past few years, Hope House has continued to provide programs in areas that best support the needs of teen moms across the Denver metro-area. In 2022, the Residential Program expanded into a full Housing Support Program, allowing more teen moms who are experiencing homelessness or unsafe housing to receive housing services. The Early Learning Program has become the Early Learning & School Age Program to more comprehensively serve the school-age children of teen moms who need additional social and literacy support.
In 2023, a $6 million capital campaign was completed to build an 11,000-square-foot Early Learning Center adjacent to the Resource Center to provide full-time, licensed child care to the children of teen moms. The center will open in August of 2024, removing a significant barrier for teen moms who can now attend school or work full time while their children develop and grow.
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