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TEEN MOM BARRIER #6: GENERATIONAL POVERTY
Poverty is a vicious cycle indeed. However, an impressive 90% of the teen moms served through Hope House of Colorado are not just trying to break the cycle of poverty – they are trying to break the cycle of generational poverty – defined as originating from a family that has lived in poverty for at least two generations.
Generational poverty is a challenge that is complex and daunting. One of the biggest difficulties is overcoming a general sense of hopelessness – a feeling that there is nothing one can do to change their situation.
Our teen moms often find that sense of hope in the fact that they have a child. In fact, we hear a startling number of our teen moms say, “My baby saved my life.”
Many of our teen moms feel certain that they would have ended up dead, or in jail, or worse, if an unintended pregnancy hadn’t caused them to change dangerous patterns of behavior.
Becoming a mother fills them with a sense of hope – hope that they can build a better life for their child than the one they had. This is the critical juncture where success in breaking the cycle can actually happen.
Through her evidence-based work on bridging the divide between the poverty and middle classes, Ruby Payne helps organizations and individuals form an understanding of the framework of poverty. Often the facts are surprising.
For example, to survive in poverty, you likely know which convenience stores throw out expired over-the-counter medications. You likely know how to live without electricity and which parts of town belong to which gang.
Hope House utilizes this framework in training staff and volunteers to better understand the dynamics of poverty and how to overcome the related challenges. We also use this framework to measure our success at moving our teen moms closer to both economic and personal self-sufficiency.
Hope House exists to turn hope into action by offering each young mom the tools and relationships she needs at the time when she is most motivated to overcome poverty.
You can be a partner in this critical journey. Attend our Open House on July 30th and experience A Day in the Life of a Real Teen Mom. You will be inspired by the strength and perseverance of our teen moms and invited to be a part of a pretty special community – a place where hope is contagious!
By Lisa Steven, Founder & Executive Director, Hope House of Colorado
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