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Measuring the Intangible


 
Over 5,400 babies are born to teen moms in Colorado each year.  These moms have more than just their age in common:
 
 
Many of these teen moms come from generational poverty -- families who have lived in poverty for at least two generations, meaning children of parents in poverty grow up to live in poverty themselves.  
 
Hope House’s mission is to help motivated teen mothers to break these cycles. We provide a Residential home, a GED Program, a Mentoring Program, Parenting and Healthy Relationships courses, and more. We serve approximately 110 teen moms and their 160 children a year. When we complete our building project, our new Resource Center will allow us to serve 400 teen moms annually.
 
Can Hope House meet its stated mission of helping these girls become self-sufficient?
 
I believe that we can help at least one-third of them accomplish true self-sufficiency -- meeting basic needs without public assistance -- within five years. I know that at least another third will make progress toward that goal. And I know some will be unable to overcome the numerous barriers they face within their own families: violence, substance abuse, and the derision they receive for thinking they’re “better” than the rest of the family.
 
Yet every single teen mom we serve will be offered the warmth, love, accountability and grace of genuine relationship. It is only within relationship that our girls can experience transformation, something of far greater significance than self -sufficiency. Yet, how does one measure transformation?
 
Romans 12:2 says “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”  When offered genuine relationship, healthy community, and a chance to experience a God who loves them no matter what, our girls find hope.
 
Hope literally changes the way they think. It gives them the courage to break family patterns. Hope leads to transformation.
 
Last night I met with Jamie and Danielle an hour prior to the monthly dinner for teens in our Graduate Program. Although close to one another while living at Hope House, a terrible fight after graduation had led to stony silence, and they hadn’t spoken for almost two years. Now 21, both of these young women have grown in maturity, wisdom and faith. Both wanted an opportunity to mend the hurt. Sincere apologies and recognition of wrongs left them both feeling better and left me marveling at their growth.
 
“You know what’s different about us now, Jamie?” asked Danielle. “We’re both just trying to run after God with all our heart.”
 
That’s how you measure transformation.
 
By Lisa Steven, Executive Director, Hope House of Colorado

 


 

 

The truth just shines thrguoh your post
Kim
Posted By Kim | 12/2/15 09:55 PM
I love this story. What an amazing example of how big our God is. He is changing lives at Hope House.
Lynn
Posted By Lynn | 7/3/13 04:10 PM
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