Hope House of Colorado

Transforming the lives of teen mothers around the world
"I never thought that I would see the day that I graduated. Who gets to say they got to walk in graduation with their 3-year-old looking at them? I do! I refuse to be another statistic! Nursing school, you are next!"
– Shay, a Hope House GED graduate who is building a bright future for herself and her son, Jordan.

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.

The Solution

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.

The Story

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.

S+ Partnership

 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.

Westminster, CO
est. 2000
Leadership
Lisa Steven
Founder and Executive Director
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Lisa has more than 20 years of experience working with teen moms. She co-founded Hope House and has served as the Executive Director since 2003. Under her leadership, Hope House received the Colorado Governor’s Service Award in 2015. Lisa is also a member of the CU Leeds School of Business Women’s Council. In 2013, Lisa was named the Arvada Woman of the Year for her contributions to the community and also received the West Jeffco Chamber's Outstanding Women of Jefferson County Award in 2010. Lisa co-authored the Teen MOPS Handbook and worked with MOPS International on their Strategic Plan for expanding the ministry of Teen MOPS.
Success Metrics
90%
of Residential Program graduates reach stable levels of economic self-sufficiency within five years.
80%
of GED Program participants earn their GED (compared at 50% of peer population)
16%
of Hope House participants earn a college degree or certification (compared at 1% peer population)
100
Participants active in Parenting classes in 2016
70
Participants active in Healthy Relationships classes in 2016
83
Individual goal plans in place
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