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What I Would Tell My Teenage Self

What I Would Tell My Teenage Self
Being a teenage mother is difficult to say the least. At any age it’s challenging being a mother, but when you’re young, you are still growing and learning — and you may not have the financial means or family support to raise a child on your own. Those are some...

Keep Fighting

Keep Fighting
Many people look at me with a stunned look when I tell them I was a teen mom. In fact, many people are truly in denial when I tell them I was just 16 when I got pregnant with my daughter — who is now nine years old. When I ask people why they are so surprised,...

Always a Teen Mom

Always a Teen Mom
Scars of abuse and bias run deep.  Finishing my senior year of high school, I found myself pregnant with my daughter at 17 years old. Like many of the moms you’ll meet at Hope House, I also faced leaving an abusive boyfriend, judgement and fear. As the non-familial...

In Transition

In Transition
Alex, 19, & Alayna, 3. Alex and her daughter Alayna live in the Residential Program at Hope House, where Alex is working hard toward self-sufficiency. At 38 weeks into the program, she is enjoying life as a teen mom in new, different and challenging ways. How did...

Looking Back

Looking Back
Becoming a new mom at age 24 versus age 18 has some differences – and they are more than just the physical age difference of 6 years. For example, at age 24, instead of the glares and unapproving looks I used to get, I now get adoring looks and questions about my...

GROWING YOUR DONOR BASE (AND YOUR INCOME, TOO!)

GROWING YOUR DONOR BASE (AND YOUR INCOME, TOO!)
Everything I’ve learned about growing our income and donor database has come from what I’ve read, seen and experienced in the seven years of fundraising at Hope House — and what I experienced in a long-time career in sales. What I have discovered is that it’s...