Empower Teen Moms to Achieve Personal and Economic Self-Sufficiency
A shocking 67% of teen moms live below the poverty line—and many are actually homeless or living in an abusive situation. A place for homeless teen moms and their children did not exist in Denver, CO in the late nineties. Most group homes were maternity homes, and shelters typically only accepted adult women, not teens. No one provided a safe place for these girls and their young families. They had no other choice but to live in destitution on the street.
A beacon of hope ignited for Denver's teen moms when the Hope House of Colorado first opened its doors in 2003. It was the only organization with a housing program specifically serving young mothers with children. Word got out and Hope House was inundated with crisis calls. Today, Hope House has grown from providing not only residential programs, but also GED, college, and career programs as well. The organization broke ground on a new resource center in 2017 which is expected to triple the number of young mothers and families it can serve. Hope House pioneered a multi-generational approach to addressing financial instability, juvenile homelessness, and early teen parenthood.
Hope House's safe and secure environment for teenage mothers has made a significant difference in the life trajectory of 180 teen moms and 270 children annually. For example, 90% of the residential program graduates reach stable levels of economic self-sufficiency within five years.