A home for at-risk single moms and their kids:
Keeping families together and children out of foster care
Single moms with kids are the largest growing homeless population.
As Hope for Addiction got its start, we saw an overwhelming need for housing for single mothers and their children. Women with children often leave behind unsafe homes and environments. So began Freedom House. But the need was even greater than we expected. What was originally a safe-shelter for struggling addicted mothers, turned into an all-encompassing program that teaches single moms how to be sober WHILE juggling real life, providing for their children and their own needs.
How does a single mom rebuild her life while raising a family on her own?
“Children from single parent homes who saw their mother abusing drugs can develop substance use disorders or poor mental and emotional health, according to a SAMHSA study. Single mothers with addiction can also create codependent relationships with children who can feel responsible for caretaking a neglectful parent with a substance use disorder.”
Once a woman has gained stability and settled into the safety of Freedom House, they are paired with a certified counselor who will address their specific needs. Counselors are specially trained to address addictions and trauma. Weekly counseling meetings, case management and weekly evaluations keep women well supported and moving forward toward their goals of self-sufficiency.
Taking steps to begin life again is hard work. Every day responsibilities and basic life skills have been forgotten or never learned: cooking, cleaning, paying bills, managing a schedule, healthy lifestyle, nutrition, relationships, emotional and spiritual balance, and more. Based on the individual needs, full-time staff and mentors teach moms all they need to manage their new lives, ultimately leading them to self-sufficiency.
Parenting is unknown for all of us, and especially so for single moms trying to rebuild their lives. Parenting classes help moms regain their role of motherhood and equip them to train their children. In addition to classes, moms are given parenting plans and practical support to implement all they have learned with hands-on assistance in the moments they need it most. This support keeps them moving forward and ensures that kids receive all they need.
Moms are connected with a mentor who invests in their lives on a daily basis. Each of us needs a friend with more experience to help us grow, provide accountability and encouragement. These relationships become life-long friendships.
Many moms have been living in "survival mode" and have not held a steady job, making employment a challenge. Finding a job, maintaining a job and providing stability to provide for their children can seem impossible. Mothers will learn how to apply and search for jobs, how to create a resume, interview and prepare to present themselves to prospective employers and learn the importance of being reliable, honest and hard working.
Women are taught to open and maintain a bank account, create a budget, clear up past debts, pay monthly bills and save for their future. On-going evaluation of their progress keeps moms on track to be on their own and grow in responsibility.
Desire and willingness to change your life
Ability to secure and maintain employment
Drug and alcohol free for 30 days
Remain drug, alcohol and nicotine free
Willing to follow program guidelines
Willing to submit to instruction from your assigned care team
Willing to attend Sunday church service
Freedom House is a faith-based program
Freedom House is not a medical facility, so we are not able to serve women currently taking certain medications (contact us to discuss medications)