Stepping Stones Family Home

$8,470 of $120,000 goal

Raised by 33 people in 27 months
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY


Program Description

The goal of Stepping Stones Family Home is to provide young mothers/pregnant teens that can no longer live at their home, with a family style supportive living environment. This environment will be enriched with teaching parenting skills, child development skills, budgeting, healthy living, family role modeling, career preparation and job skills necessary in providing them with a means to long term economic independence. Stepping Stones Family Home aims to impact the growth and development of the teenage mother and child’s social emotional well-being as well as teaching the mother proper child development.


Unique and Different

Studies show that as many as 60 percent of teenage mothers are living below the poverty line and 80 percent rely on welfare for support during at least some period of time following their child’s birth. A U.S Department of Health and Human Services study states “the impoverished circumstances of teenage mothers are exacerbated by the fact that many have limited academic skills, have dropped out of high school, and come from backgrounds with few role models or opportunities for improving their lives.” Homeless young mothers experience great difficulty finding a place to live with their children due to most homeless shelters, women’s shelters and transitional living programs catering to the over 18 demographic and typically not accepting young children.


The main focus of Stepping Stones Family Home is to create a family style environment that will prepare mother and child for the distinct set of challenges that they will face as single parents, by equipping them with the tools they need to be successful in overcoming those challenges. Mothers will be provided with connections to community services, family role modeling, and a chance to grow intellectually as well as emotionally through a tiered style of living which encourages responsibility and independence.


Stepping Stones Family Home offers a unique program design to help ensure success for both mother and baby. Living in a family style home with staff, the young mothers will be provided with their own room for themselves and their baby. They will share a kitchen, living room, and bathrooms. As the mothers complete program required classes and demonstrate growing responsibility, they will graduate to separate dorm style living on the property with one “house mother,”who will oversee day to day activities. Finally, the mothers will prepare for independent living as they move to their own apartments and are assigned a case manager who will be able to provide follow-up checks, guidance and supervision as mother and baby begin to navigate the “real world.”  Stepping Stones Family Home believe that the tiered approach best prepares the mothers for life outside the program, and offers mother and child concrete steps toward their continued success.


Project Outline


Family Style Living - Teens will live in house with staff  (1 staff : 2 teens) on site 24 hours a day. The mother and child will be provided with their own room and shared bathrooms, living room and kitchen space. Staff, mothers and babies will enjoy a sit down dinner each night.

Dorm Style Living- As teens progress through the program they will graduate to dorm style living in an adjacent building on property. Dorm will house 4 mothers and their children with shared bathrooms and kitchen. A “house mom” will live with the mothers and be on site periodically throughout the day. Mother and her baby in the dorm living will be encouraged to attend family dinner in the main house and are welcome to utilize staff as needed.

Independent Living- The teens will be paired with a case worker who will assist with apartment search, securing viable employment, and utilizing community services.

Programs and Classes- Teens will attend a variety of programs and classes to prepare them for independent living. Classes will include parenting skills, child growth and development, family budgeting, health and nutrition, as well as college and/or career preparation. Programs will include life skills to prepare teens for work or further education. Stepping Stones Family Home will partner with community organizations to expose the mothers to a variety of trade skills.

Schooling- Mothers will attend school within the district and will be provided transportation. They must remain enrolled in school or a job training program (upon receiving high school diploma) to continue to live at the home.


Needs

Current needs to begin process:

Non-Profit Registration Fee ($750)
Marketing Materials for Fundraising ($1,000)
Program Housing Downpayment ($30,000)
Program Housing Mortgage - yearly ($24,000)
Mother and Child Room+Board - yearly ($15,000)


Staffing

Program Director (1)
Residential Program Case Manager (1)
Residential Program Assistant Case Manager/ Marketing(1)
Support Staff (4)
Overnight Support Staff (2)
In House Counselor - Part Time (1)
Nurse - Part Time (1)
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Stepping Stones Family Home was recently interviewed by the Boston Globe. We are excited to share our first published news article with you!

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/north/2016/11/04/creating-home-for-young-mothers-and-their-babies/1ihJBc16JeuMIBb0o1cf7K/amp.html?client=safari
Boston Globe Article
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Stepping Stones Family Home has an official website! We are thrilled with our beautiful website designed by the very talented Meghann Belser. The website captures the feel of Stepping Stones Family Home and we cannot wait to fill the pages with updates about our home and hopefully soon our success stories!

www.steppingstonesfamilyhome.org
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Stepping Stones Family Home has an official website! We are thrilled with our beautiful website designed by the very talented Meghann Belser. The website captures the feel of Stepping Stones Family Home and we cannot wait to fill the pages with updates about our home and hopefully soon our success stories!
Our beautiful website!
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After many months of research and hard work and over 100 pages of typed documentation, we finally completed our 1023 paperwork for the IRS in September! We are so excited to soon be able to apply for grants so we can make Stepping Stones Family Home a reality! Thank you to everyone who has donated so far and helped fund our $850 filing fee!
1023 Paperwork!
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Raised by 33 people in 27 months
Created February 19, 2016
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Thank you for letting me interview you guys and good luck with Stepping Stones!

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