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Primroses Ponderosa Inc's Fundraiser:

Safe Home for Runaway and Homeless Pregnant & Parenting Teenagers

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THE STORY:

I remember when I was 17 year old. Just a junior in high school stepping off the bus in 1990 on that winter day to get answers. I walked into the chilling cold clinic looking around in fear of seeing someone I knew. I signed in and later heard my name, the nurse said, “Contina Houston.” I followed her and walked back for the news. I was pregnant. 17 years old and pregnant. I felt my world was coming to an end. But it didn't due to me having a safe residence with physical, mental, and emotional support, I was able to thrive as a nurturing mother. Many teens, do not have this benefit and often get kicked out or run away from home after pregnancy is discovered. This is why I founded Primrose’s Ponderosa, Inc…to provide a safe residence for teenage mothers to become independent and nurturing parents who are physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy. It is known that teen childbearing is both a cause and consequence of poverty. Teen moms are more likely to drop out of high school which leads to more than 40 percent of teen moms living in poverty. These factors contribute to a cycle of economic hardship that continues for generations. Primrose’s Ponderosa stops the cycle and asks girls the question, “What do you want to do in the future?” as we help them build the skills and pathway to get there. Primrose’s Ponderosa, Inc., a non-profit organization under 501(c)3, will provide a safe residence for pregnant and parenting teen mother to become independent and nurturing parents who are physically, mentally and emotionally healthy. Primrose's does not charge their residents fees. Services are provided free for charge. We depend on the community to assistance us. We have a full list of services we provide on our website.   http://www.primroseponderosa.org/home.html

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