Hope House is metro-Denver's only resource providing free self-sufficiency programs to parenting teen moms, including Residential, GED, and College & Career Support programs. Additional supportive services include mentoring, parenting and life skills classes, healthy relationship classes, and certified counseling, all designed to prepare them for long-term independence.
Hope House of Colorado’s Residential Program, located in Arvada, offers a safe, stable home for single teen moms and their children who are homeless or living in an unsafe environment. The structured, five-phase program empowers and equips parenting teenage moms as they move toward personal and economic self-sufficiency. The teen moms are engaged and challenged through an individual growth plan, learning to incorporate healthy routines into daily life while living with their children and their peers in a safe, supportive environment. Education is foundational to the program, with all participants earning a GED and moving on to further education as well as participating in parenting and life skills classes, healthy relationships classes, and certified counseling as necessary. Teen moms can apply for the Residential Program by clicking here.
We offer a variety of components designed to help teen moms become self-sufficient members of their community who are also nurturing, loving parents. We offer a menu-style approach to services that allows our teen moms to define their own goals and then select the components that will help them reach those goals. Teen moms can apply for the Community Program by clicking here.
• GED Program
The GED program, located in Westminster, helps parenting teen moms living in the Denver-metro area earn their GED. Because this unique program features one-on-one instruction and tutoring versus a traditional classroom model, it enjoys an impressive 80% graduation rate. The program is structured to allow participants to move at their own pace, which is crucial due to the fact that each teen mom has a unique educational background. Career assessment is provided after the teen mom completes her GED; we also provide guidance and assistance with moving toward further education or career training. In addition, Hope House also covers the cost of the GED testing. Transportation is provided as able. Teen moms earn their GED in an average of 7.5 weeks and then often join our other programs
• College & Career Program
The College & Career Support Services program offers practical support to teen moms who are in college or vocational school. Free tutoring as well as free access to computers and printers is provided as well as assistance with applying for school entrance, financial assistance and Pell grants. Career-oriented services are also provided, including workshops on resume writing, interview preparation, computer program skills class, a Job Readiness seminar and more.
• Parenting Classes
• Healthy Relationships Program
Our Mentoring Program features two levels:
Team Mentoring and Individual Mentoring. At the Team level, mentors drive teen moms to various appointments such as medical exams and classes and also attend events at Hope House where they have the opportunity to get to know our teen moms in a large group setting.
Once a natural connection happens between a mentor and a teen mom, the mentor becomes an Individual Mentor and begins to develop a deeper, long-term relationship with her teen mom. Our Family Advocate provides training and support throughout the process.
Because we have found that transformation happens within the context of a healthy, long-term relationship, our Mentoring Program is critical in empowering teen moms as they strive toward independence and self-sufficiency.
• Financial Literacy Workshops
• Life Skills Classes
• Certified Counseling
• Supply Closet
• Career Partner Program
A Career Partner hires a Hope House teen mom as an intern, providing her with structured skill development as well as professional coaching. The Career Partner is also prepared to offer flexibility, which can be a crucial step in the young mom’s overall success. The reason is simple: when teen moms first find full-time employment, they often need “space” to address issues such as reliable transportation and childcare – issues a teen mom who is consumed with the stress of finding employment simply cannot address. At the end of the internship, the Career Partner may hire the teen mom on a permanent basis. Other options include referring the teen mom to other potential employers.
• Leadership and Volunteer Opportunities
• Social Activities
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