At just 18 years old, Ariel was tired.
She had dropped out of school in 10th grade, soon after the birth of her daughter, Zaniyah. Now she was working two jobs to help pay her family’s rent – while also caring for her active 3-year old.
Ariel’s dream of going back to school was fading. She couldn’t imagine how she’d ever earn her GED, let alone go to college.
This is what vulnerable looks like. How does a teen mom hope to overcome generations of poverty?
When Ariel learned about Hope House, it sounded too good to be true. But once she took a tour, a seed of hope took root.
Ariel gathered up her daughter and took several bus lines to the GED classes at the Hope House Resource Center. Soon she entered the Residential Program. For the first time in her life, Ariel felt like she had the support she needed to break the cycle of poverty.
The first steps on the path to stability start with just a little hope… and a little love.
With the support she found at Hope House, Ariel earned her GED, overcame her fear of driving, and began studying for an accounting certificate. She opened up to new parenting ideas, got involved in Zaniyah’s school, and signed her energetic daughter up for dance class. Surrounded by volunteer tutors, her Mentor, and a community of peers, her confidence grew.
Safe. The critical point where transformation occurs.
Today Ariel has a career job in the finance department of a large organization – and her own office! This young woman, who never had a bed of her own, now has her own apartment. She even volunteers with the younger moms at Hope House and is quick to share her belief that God really does have a plan for each of them.
Our goal is to continue helping teen moms like Ariel break the vicious cycle of poverty – and maybe even wind up with an office of their own! Won’t you help us raise $60,000 – and help us empower more teen moms than ever before! Come be part of the miracles that happen at Hope House!