Hope House empowers parenting teen moms to strive for personal and economic self-sufficiency and is Denver metro’s only resource that provides free self-sufficiency programs to teen moms. Currently there are over 3,200 babies born to teen moms every year in Colorado. Sixty-seven percent of these teen moms and their children live below the federal poverty line. Less than half of teen moms will earn a high school diploma and only one percent will graduate from college. Facing poverty, shame and stigma, teen moms are both vulnerable and frequently overlooked. They are also often trying to break free from a past of trauma, abuse, and violence — and yet they dream of a healthier life for their children. Unfortunately, without support, resources and encouragement to forge a new path for their families, many remain stuck in the cycle of generational poverty.100 percent of the teen moms served by Hope House live below the poverty line.
Hope House provides a safe, welcoming environment for parenting teen moms to become self-sufficient and break the cycle of poverty. Serving 16-20-year-old mothers, Hope House provides services designed to prepare young moms for long-term independence through the age of 24, serving 180 teen moms and 270 children annually.
Hope House operates a Residential Program for six women and their children at a time, with intensive, comprehensive care to help them achieve their academic goals and become self-sufficient. In addition, Hope House offers a menu of services to teen moms through a Community Program that offers a GED Program; College & Career Program; Career Partner Program; Parenting, Healthy Relationships and Life Skills Classes; Job Readiness Workshops; and certified counseling, all offered in an environment free of shame and stigma. Additionally the children of the teen moms are served through the Early Learning Program, designed to teach school readiness skills and language development.
Each staff member gets to know the mothers, reinforcing the power of restorative relationships to help deep wounds. With Hope House’s support, teen moms graduate with a restored sense of confidence and self-esteem. They have a chance to dream and determine their own futures, changing their own life as well as their child’s trajectory.
Hope House of Colorado began when the founder, Lisa Steven, recognized that teen moms are one of the most vulnerable populations in our community, and yet they remain largely invisible. Working as a volunteer with an organization serving teen moms, Lisa observed that the majority were either homeless or living in unsafe, unstable situations.
This experience led her to launch Hope House of Colorado, with the Residential Program opening in 2003. Demand for services for teen moms increased every year, with staff receiving approximately 150 crisis calls annually from teen moms and service providers. In response, Hope House launched its Community Program in 2007, which included a GED Program in 2009, and supporting services such as Healthy Relationships and Parenting classes, certified counseling, and life skills workshops. In 2012, Hope House opened its current Resource Center in order to increase the number of teen moms served annually. In 2013, a College & Career Program was launched, and in 2014 an Early Learning Program for the children of Hope House teen moms began operating. Hope House is currently building a larger Resource Center that will allow the organization to triple the number of teen moms served annually.
Hope House is a 2017 S+ Catalyst. Through participation in the Catalyst Program, Hope House receives training from industry experts in organizational development, branding, measurement and growth, and strategic relationships to amplify their impact and strategically expand their reach.