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We should do better than that – for the simple reason that it’s a good investment.
The strongest force on earth is that of a mother protecting her children, and teen mothers are no different than adult mothers in their fierce drive to protect and provide for their little ones. This natural motivation helps our young moms overcome incredible odds.
The business owners who employ our teen moms through our Career Partner Program say that this very tenacity is what makes our girls valuable employees.
Bryon White of Milender White Construction chose to invest in Alicia, offering her a receptionist position and a workplace mentor to help her learn the ropes. Alicia, who was just 17 when she became a mother, was so motivated to provide a better life for her daughter that she moved across the country to participate in the Hope House Community Program.
After earning her GED, taking the bus an hour each way to get to Hope House, Alicia requested
a Hope House mentor, telling us that she’d never experienced positive women in her life before. This led to the job at Milender White, which allowed Alicia to get her own apartment and become economically stable. The relationships she built at Hope House, and at work, allowed Alicia to become personally stable. Her life, and the future of her daughter, has been transformed.
If this kind of change can happen when you mix 8 pennies with a motivated teen mom, a nonprofit focused on helping her become self-sufficient, and an employer dedicated to the community and the value of giving back, imagine what could happen if you gave them the whole dollar?
As you consider where to invest in the last few days of this year, I urge you to find a place in your own community that serves the most motivated force on earth… a mother. If you happen to live in our community, I invite you to invest a job, a used car, your time – or even 8 pennies – in our teen moms. You might be surprised at how that investment ends up impacting your own life, too!
Merry Christmas, and blessings in the New Year,
By Lisa Steven, Executive Director, Hope House of Colorado
Knowledge Share #8: Breaking Out of Poverty - 08/18/2016
Knowledge Share #7: Creating a Home - 07/11/2016
Knowledge Share #6: The Power of Mindset - 06/14/2016
Knowledge Share #5: College or Bust! - 05/17/2016
Knowledge Share #4:Understanding Addiction - 04/07/2016
Knowledge Share #3:Mentoring Empowers Teen Moms - 03/21/2016
Knowledge Share #2: Healthy Relationships - 02/11/2016
Knowledge Share #1: Brain Development - 01/12/2016
Teen Mom Barrier #8: Communicating the Barriers - 12/16/2015
Teen Mom Barrier #7: Homelessness - 10/09/2015
TEEN MOM BARRIER #6: GENERATIONAL POVERTY - 07/16/2015
Teen Mom Barrier Number #5: Domestic Violence - 06/03/2015
Teen Mom Barrier # 4 The Challenges of College - 05/12/2015
Teen Mom Barrier #2: Childcare - 02/18/2015
Teen Mom Barrier #1: Society's Negative Expectations - 01/26/2015
Teen Mom Misconceptions #5: Success is Impossible - 09/22/2014
Misconception #3: Mentoring Teen Moms is Complicated - 06/05/2014
Because they want someone to love them? - 05/21/2014
Teen Moms - A Persecuted Population? - 04/22/2014
Community - 01/20/2014
8 Pennies - 12/18/2013
"The most courageous young women I know." - 11/14/2013
Our Graduates: In their hands, they hold the future! - 09/30/2013
Measuring the Intangible - 06/15/2013
Grown-Up Mom - 05/01/2013
Misconception #4: Shaming Teen Moms is an Effective Approach
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