GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - For more than 15 years, House of Hope has provided emergency shelter for young parents experiencing homelessness.
They are building a better community, by creating stronger parents.
"When we came here, from the second that we walked into the door i felt safe and i felt like i had a chance to make something of myself" says Lola Skenedore. She turned to House of Hope in Green Bay to find just that, for herself and young son.
"Before I was even a parent I struggled a lot with mental health. I am a suicide surviror" she says. "When I found out I was going to be a mom, my kid saved my life".
House of Hope is a shelter for homeless, pregnant and parenting, adults between the ages of 18 and 24.
"Families when they come to House of Hope, do not always have the structure and stability they need to be successful. We offer a lot of supportive services" explains Shannon Wienandt, Director of House of Hope.
Young moms also have access to educational programs to earn their GED, and assistance filling out job aplications. "We really want them to be successful and we know that education is the first step toward that" Wienandt says.
According to Skenedore "Within the house there is just so much support with what you are going through the staff was there and they listened and you could tell the concern for my mental health when I talked to them. How they wanted to help me get to a better place for myself and my son".
House of hope serves roughly 70 families each year. In addition to providing shelter they offer a support system.
"They had a lot of parenting classes and they were patient with how, not how parenting should work, but how it could work for us and that was really helpful" Skenedore says.
Now her resume includes a job at the House of Hope. She is the current program coordinator. "I have a story that I can tell to these people and hopefully make a difference in their lives while they are here".
House of Hope's annual fundraiser Touchdowns for Hope is coming up on September 15th.
The event is hosted by Green Bay Packers player Mike Daniels and his wife Heaven.
Find details here: http://www.touchdownsforhope.com/index.html