It doesn’t take long for the moms served by Hope House — a nonprofit that supports teen moms in the Denver area — to start spreading the word. Madison Sullivan, 21, heard about it from one …
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WHAT: Opening of the new Hope House Resource Center at 6475 Benton Street
WHEN: 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 5. Park at the nextdoor Fellowship Covenant Church, 5615 W. 64th Ave.
RSVP: Please sign up to attend the opening at hopehousecolorado.org
It doesn’t take long for the moms served by Hope House — a nonprofit that supports teen moms in the Denver area — to start spreading the word.
Several former Hope House women said recommending the place to other young mothers to help them through some of the struggles they face, seemed like a natural next step -- including Madison Sullivan, 21, who heard about Hope House from one former teen mom and went on to tell others.
“There’s just such a need for it. It’s great to have,” Sullivan said. “I’ve grown so much as a person since I joined that I don’t even know who I would be if I hadn’t joined.”
Starting Sept. 5, Hope House’s capacity will nearly double as its new resource center opens up at 6475 Benton St. While the old facility in Westminster allowed Hope House to serve about 250 moms per year, the new building will serve 450 moms and offer quadruple the amount of available childcare spots, said Founder and Executive Director Lisa Steven.
The new building includes childcare space, classroom space, a workout room, a laundry room, a dining room and the “Mama Bear Cave” — named by Hope House participants — where the moms can spend time with one another.
For 19-year-old Yvette Martinez Madera, who first came to the nonprofit in September 2018, she said it was just a matter of months before she was recommending the nonprofit to friends struggling to find housing and finish high school.
Jade Arledge, 22, likewise shared the news about Hope House with a number of other teen moms, including Sullivan.
Hope House has served young moms up to age 25 since its establishment in 2003. The nonprofit offers a residential program and a community program, which provides resources such as free childcare, hygienic supplies for children and GED, personal growth and financial classes.
“In the other building, we have no space for community — we do breakfasts on Thursdays for half an hour,” Steven said. “But in this building, we’ll have them sitting in that dining room three times a day, eating as a family and having food available. That will be my moment of, ‘look what God did.’”
‘Another step closer’ to self-sufficiency
The six-year, $5 million building project has come together because of a number of entities, Steven said. Meritage Homes and HomeAid Colorado have helped provide resources to build the facility, and Fellowship Covenant Church donated the land on which the building now stands.
The Hope House participants are all looking forward to the bigger space, having seen what the nonprofit has done in their lives, said the moms — including Martinez Madera, who will attend Front Range Community College this fall to become a high school teacher; Arledge, who recently graduated from Hope House and plans to become a medical aesthetician; and Sullivan, who will graduate from Hope House this summer with plans to attend nursing school.
For Martinez Madera, the expansion means more women can experience the benefits she has, she said. She highlighted several major contributors in her journey toward self-sufficiency, including financial literacy classes and a car she received after it was donated to Hope House.
Because of these resources, “I don’t spend as much as I used to, and I dedicate that money to rent or expenses,” she said. “I’m going for a career for myself, which is another step closer to getting out of poverty.”
Additionally, the increased availability for childcare will provide a great help to moms who need to work or study, the women said.
“I joined when I was halfway through my associate’s degree, and it was really hard for me to study at home. My son would always need me, and I struggled to pass classes,” Sullivan said. “But with the childcare here, I know he’s safe with somebody. My grades went up a lot.”
The new building’s grand opening celebration takes place at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 5, with the entire community invited to see the new space. Individuals have been asked to RSVP at hopehousecolorado.org and should plan to park at Fellowship Covenant Church, 5615 W. 64th Ave.
Those who cannot make the opening are invited to schedule a tour of the facility through the website, Steven said.
The website provides a number of other useful resources, as well, including applications for volunteers and for young moms who would like to participate in Hope House.
In keeping with her habit of referring moms to Hope House, Arledge encouraged moms to apply, saying they’ll feel the support “the minute they come in.”
“That’s all you need. It’ll convince you right there: Hope House is more of a family than anything,” she said.
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