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Just a few weeks ago, 60 teen moms brought their children and one guest to our annual Christmas Carnival at Arvada Community Church. The laughter of the little ones echoed off the gym walls. Little girls in their best Christmas dresses sat still for face painting, and little boys lost their clip-on ties in the bouncy castle. The line to Santa was out the door.
A Bandimere Speedway trailer was packed with toys that our champions had purchased for the little ones they had “adopted” for Christmas. Volunteers from Red Rocks Church and 7Sisters Global served piping hot meals and festive Christmas cookies and manned the various carnival booths.
I stood back and marveled at how God has grown Hope House since our first Christmas party 10 years ago, when there were just two teen moms in the newly opened Residential Program. Now we annually serve over 115 teen moms and 175 children from all over the Denver-metro area in our Community and Residential Programs!
It is an absolute honor to partner with our community to give our girls an opportunity to build stable lives for their little ones. From dentists and eye doctors to attorneys and hair stylists, our Service Partners provide free care to our teen moms.
Milender White Construction, Prime Trailer Leasing, Iron Mountain and other businesses employee our girls through our Career Partner Program.
Most inspiring of all, 220 volunteers invested over 11,000 hours in our teen moms in 2013, including the many hours that went into our Christmas Carnival just a few weeks ago!
Check out these inspiring photos taken by a Bruce Carlsen, a Red Rocks Church volunteer at our Christmas Carnival. The joy that shines in each face reflects the blessings of 2013 and inspires us to make an even greater difference in 2014. Won’t you join us?
By Lisa Steven, Executive Director, Hope House of Colorado
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Eva said: I am so proud of Vanessa good friend of mine and mother. [more]