2015 marks the 25th year of Mamma's Hands' work helping people in crisis regain their dignity and return as productive members of society. In addition, our Founders have embarked on a 1 year journey starting this September!
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"The statistics on domestic violence are indeed sobering, and they remind us why we started the HOUSE of HOPE program, and why we continue to ask for your support to maintain and enhance these important services for women and their children in crisis. Many larger shelters serve hundreds of families each year, but because of the sheer numbers they need to serve in order to qualify for government funding, nearly all of them have restrictive time limits on how long clients can stay. Their purpose is to get people off the streets, referred to agencies, and on their way. Due to funding source requirements, the population they serve often bounces from shelter to shelter, and exhaust their options before they have received the fundamental help they need. They “fall through the cracks” in the system— 69% of these families return to homelessness..." READ the attached Newsletter to find about more about what sets Mamma's Hands apart and how we address Quality vs Quantity.
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"The way I got to the HOUSE of HOPE is a bit of a miracle. The struggles I endured before I got here were so bad that I wanted to end my life, regardless of who would be affected by it. The HOUSE of HOPE gave me the push I needed to get my life back on the right path, not just for me, but for my little girl. It all started with her father. He would taunt me on a daily basis just because he felt like it. I thought it was a normal thing because I didn’t know anything else. He would let his friends taunt me, and when I asked for help he would ignore me like it was nothing. I was threatened on a weekly basis, but I could not find the strength to leave. When I had finally had enough and decided to leave, he threatened to kill me and my unborn daughter. The threat became so real, I called the police and had him arrested. Although he was only charged with misdemeanor harassment, at least he was out of my life for a short period..."
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“I didn't have hope. I had lost hope completely. I was regretting coming to America. But here I have found people who identify with my situation. We are not bad people—we just have been in a bad situation. Now, when I am traveling around the valley near the HOUSE of HOPE, I envision being a part of the community—living here and belonging. This is the hope that this place has given me."
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"Before I came to the HOUSE of HOPE, I had endured many challenges. My grandparents supported me, and I never had to learn how to do anything. Things as little as doing dishes and taking out the trash, to big things like having a job or paying bills. At 16, I got pregnant and my grandparents asked me to leave their house...
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As we celebrate 20 years of Mamma’s Hands, and the 15th year of the HOUSE of HOPE, we want to thank the many supporters who continue to believe in our mission and work. We have great love and respect for every one of you. Thank you!
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