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...

Grant Writing: The Power of Effective Reporting

Grant Writing: The Power of Effective Reporting
Winning a grant is great news and an opportunity to celebrate, but it’s only one piece of the whole process.  Just as important is the grant report that most funders require at the end of the granting period. People think of reports as being kind of dry, but yours...

Running a Residential Program

Running a Residential Program
Q&A with Kara Mapel, Residential Program Manager What are the top three qualities you look for when interviewing teen moms for your Residential Program? First, we make sure there is a need for housing. A girl who just wants freedom from her own parents is in a...