There are so many things I could say about Hannah’s House as a whole, but for me personally, Hannah’s House supported me in a decision that has changed my son’s life and my life for the better. My intention when I moved into Hannah’s House was to leave with new knowledge and starter items for my newborn child. My son’s father didn’t make any type of effort and made a decision that changed his life and our child’s for a very long time. Reality hit that I really was on my own, and other options came to the front of my mind. Five months into my pregnancy, I decided to place my son for adoption. The next four months I spent choosing and meeting a family, helping myself prepare for my future and spending my time on a birthing plan. My son was born in October. That day changed our lives forever. I’ve given a family a chance to complete their life and given myself and son the same.Hannah’s House was always a major support in the choice that I made for my son. They helped me accomplish goals I never thought were going to be achieved. Because of the love and support I received at Hannah’s House, I have been able to continue my education and go to college. I’ve let go of the person I was, love the person I am, and can’t wait for the person I’ll become. I’m glad Hannah’s House was a major stepping stone in my life.
When I moved into Hannah’s House, my life was upside down. My mom had just passed away and my entire family was in grief. The father of my baby was out of the picture, and I felt I had no one to turn to for the support I needed. I moved into Hannah’s House and was welcomed with love. The staff was there to listen when I needed a shoulder to cry on. They were also there to help me get ready to welcome my son into the world. The day before I delivered Jordan Christopher, my father died. I lost another person I deeply loved, but gained a son that would change my life forever. Hannah’s House became “my home” during this difficult time of my life, and I still consider it “home”. Jordan Christopher is now seven years old and we often stop by to visit or volunteer. I want to teach my son about “giving back” and help him understand that Hannah’s House was his first home. I will always hold Hannah’s House close to my heart and would do anything to keep their doors open for other women to have the support they gave to me.
Ruby & Jordan Christopher
I moved from Chicago to South Bend while I was 7 months pregnant. I decided to come to Indiana to help out my cousin who was struggling with her 4 children. Weeks after being there with her, I realized that wasn’t the best place for me and my daughter. I was on the verge of being homeless with no other family here to depend on. My only other option was moving back to Chicago, and I definitely didn’t want to do that. I was referred to Hannah’s House through the Women’s Care Center located on Chapin and Western. I called, spoke to the Director, and came in immediately for a tour. I loved it the moment I walked in. It was warm, loving, and clean; I didn’t want to leave. I was 8 months pregnant when I came, and I had absolutely nothing for my daughter—no clothes, no diapers, no bottles, no toys—NOTHING!
After 3 months of residing at Hannah’s House, I had more than enough clothes, diapers, and accessories for her and me. Not only did I earn these and feel good about it, I also learned valuable life skills, such as time management, preparing a full balanced meal for me and my children, and setting realistic goals to accomplish. Along with that, I received parenting tips, ideas, and advice that I will put to use with both of my kids as well as my niece. Being at Hannah’s House gave me a sense of belonging and helped me to realize my place as a mother and a woman. The “House Moms” are loving, caring, and human! They are understanding and open-minded. I love Hannah’s House to pieces and there needs to be more places like it. Hannah’s House not only provided a safe place for me and my newborn daughter, but the needed items to care for a baby, as well as the mental stability to push harder toward my future goals. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
Jamien & Janorhea
Hannah’s House is a gift from God for young mother. A gift I received just a few years ago. One of the most valuable things I learned there was about relationships. I learned that I deserved to be treated like the real woman that I am. I also learned that I could be a good mother all by myself and that I didn’t need to depend on anyone else. This has helped me put my daughter first. I am proud that I have been able to make it. I have a job, an apartment, and I thank Hannah’s House for making me a better woman and person today to raise my 5 year old daughter.
When I found out I was pregnant, I was two months along. My step dad didn’t want to raise anymore kids and told me I had to find another place to live and raise my child. I didn’t know where to go or what to do until I heard about Hannah’s House through Women’s Care Center. When I came for the tour, I was shocked. The home was much nicer then I expected and everyone seemed to care about me and my baby. When I moved in, I didn’t have anything for myself or my baby. Being there, you learn how to be a mom and be responsible for keeping the house clean. I was able to earn lots of baby items for my daughter. One of the greatest things I learned was to not give up. Hannah’s House helped me figure out transportation so I could stay in school and go to work. They even had a big party for me and some of the other residents for graduating from High School. I felt so proud to have graduated. The staff taught me not to rely on everyone else to help me. This was hard for me, but I learned that I can do it for me and my child. Hannah’s House is my home and also my daughter’s home. This is where we got our new start. I would definitely, recommend Hannah’s House to other pregnant girls.
Thanks Hannah’s House!
Love, Tiffney & Makayla