Generous hearts and charitable spirits help make this season the most wonderful time of year! As the season of gift giving is upon us we encourage you to bring holiday cheer to young moms and their children with a $50+ donation to Alley’s House.
Adolescent pregnancy is most often not the result of a deliberate choice, but rather the absence of choices and circumstances beyond a girl’s control. It is a consequence of limited access to school, employment, and healthcare. Don’t let the holiday season pass without remembering moms like Patricia, our 2014 Mother of the Year and mother of Michael and Damien.
At the age of 14, Patricia’s mother was imprisoned. With her mother gone, she was forced to grow up quickly. Without her mother at home, she dropped out of school in 9th grade, turned to the streets, and became pregnant with her eldest son. During her second pregnancy, Patricia was referred to Alley’s House by a nurse.
In her own words, Patricia says, “Since joining Alley’s House I have been dedicated to the program despite obstacles in my way. The biggest obstacle I had to overcome was me. Alleys House helped me feel like I wasn’t alone and there was hope for me and my kids. I love my children so dearly. Thanks to Alley’s House parenting classes they have shown me how to love even more. My children are my number one priority and I drive myself to accomplish my goals so that they will not face the same hardships that I encountered. I finally realized that one person can make a difference and that person is myself.”
It only takes one person to make a difference. Your financial support is imperative to ensure these young women receive the support they need to reach their goals and achieve personal and financial independence. You can help these young moms soar to new heights with a gift of $50+, which will provide:
- Case management as well as individual, group, and play therapy
- Personalized tutoring and one-on-one mentorships
- Comprehensive life skills workshops on topics like financial literacy, health and wellness, workforce readiness, professional development, and parenting
In 2015, our goal is to build a framework to reach more teen mothers. To do this we need to:
- Partner with local school districts
- Create a career pipeline program that provides Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) training and job mentors
- Implement an “earn a laptop / earn a vehicle” program for moms taking the next steps towards higher education and long-term career paths
Thank you for making a difference in the life of one mother, one child, and one community. Happy holidays from Alley’s House family to yours!