Are you struggling with an unplanned pregnancy? Worried about the future for you and your unborn child? Need a safe and supportive place to live during your pregnancy and while you prepare for the future? Then Mother House may be the place for you!
More than a shelter, Mother House is a program that strives to build a young woman’s confidence and skills for a successful future. It serves women ages sixteen and up who have made the decision to carry their baby to term, whether they decide to parent or relinquish their baby.
Residents are from all over the U.S. and abroad, but primarily from Colorado. Typically, the applicants arrive early in their pregnancy and are allowed to stay from 2 to 3 months after the birth of their baby. (Exceptions are sometimes made to lengthen their stay if there are circumstances beyond their control.)
Mother House also provides weekly educational meetings which provide information on such topics as options of adoption and single parenting, community services and resources, women's health, finances, parenting skills, infant and child care.
If a girl is high school age, she is strongly encouraged to enroll in our nearby high school teen parenting program. Each young woman is also assigned a Big S.I.S. (Simply Incredible Support), women volunteers that spend quality time mentoring them.
Mother House staff members give the young women information on how to connect with a multitude of community services, many of which require a legal residence to qualify, which Mother House provides. Such services include:
- Pre-natal and birthing health care (such as provided by People’s Clinic in Boulder).
- Medicaid and food stamps.
- WIC program (Women and Infant Children) – provides fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, such as milk, cheese, formula, and breast pumps
- TANF – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
- CIP (Community Infant Project) counseling is provided by professional licensed therapists paid for by Medicaid. This counseling helps the women get past the damage of their dysfunctional backgrounds and to set positive goals for their futures, and that of their child if they choose to parent.
- The Genesis program, offered by Social Services, is a teen parenting program for pregnant girls under the age of 20.
- Each woman is assigned social worker.
- For women in any legal or treatment programs, adherence to their requirements is mandatory for remaining at MH.
The women are responsible for signing up for all programs themselves, including an adoption agency should they decide to give up their baby. However Mother House staff provides them with all the necessary information to get started and continues to provide them support and encouragement.
Mother House also supports continued education by offering an education fund up to $1500. This fund can cover items such as GED testing, books and tuition. Mother House has supported continued education in such areas as computer literacy, nursing, phlebotomy, EMT and medical terminology.