You're alone. You've been bouncing around from one friend's house to another, sleeping on couches or floors. You don't want to be homeless, but your family won't help you, and your boyfriend deserted you.
You want to be a good mom to your baby, but you haven't even finished high school, so how are you going to be able to get a job and an apartment? You don't want your baby to be homeless. You don't know what to do.
Then someone tells you about My Father's House.
At My Father's House you and your baby will have a safe place to live. You will be able to go back to school. You will learn how to be a good mom and gain the skills to be successful on your own. You and your baby won't be homeless.
Pregnancy and parenting at a young age present many challenges, but that doesn't have to mean your situation is hopeless. With the help and guidance of caring people, and hard work and determination on your part, you can still realize your dreams.
My Father's House is a place where young women between the ages of 13 and 21 can find a safe home, continue their education, and learn the skills they need to become capable, loving parents and successful, self-reliant members of the community.
My Father's House is a loving home with a family atmosphere, where pregnant and parenting teenage girls and young women up to the age of 21 can finish their education and learn the life-skills that will prepare them to face the challenges of being a parent and providing a home for themselves and their children.
Our residents receive weekly counseling and attend classes that will help them prepare for the future. These classes include prenatal care and nutrition, childbirth, parenting, decision making, personal goal setting, financial planning and budgeting, household management, searching for jobs and housing, and building healthy relationships.
We also offer family outings to museums, local farms and apple orchards, parades, concerts, and festivals for our residents to enjoy and to enhance family bonding and begin the building of family traditions.
As young families move on from My Father's House, we invite them to participate in our Transition and Care visitation program, which assists them in their new homes with maintaining or locating services while providing support and care during their time of transition.
Life Saver Ministries is a non-denominational, faith-based organization that operates a residential parenting program, called My Father's House, for homeless pregnant and parenting young women between the ages of 13 and 21 and their children. We welcome young women regardless of their religious beliefs.
Our parenting and life-skills education program has two main priorities. Our first priority is to provide our clients with a safe, healthy, and stable living environment. Our second, and equally important, priority is to equip these young women with the tools they will need to care for themselves and their children, to become self-sufficient, and to not become homeless again.
Q: How far along in my pregnancy do I need to be before I can come to My Father's House?
A: You can come at any time in your pregnancy or after your child is born.
Q: Do I have to leave My Father's House when my baby is born?
A: No. We want to help you learn how to care for your baby.
Q: I already have a child. Can I bring my child with me?
A: Yes, My Father's House is for parenting as well as pregnant girls.
Q: How long can I stay?
A: Your length of stay will depend on a number of factors: your age, where you are in school, how much family support you have, and what you need to accomplish to reach your goals.
Q: If I come to My Father's House, do I have to place my baby for adoption?
A: No. Adoption is a very personal and difficult decision. We will support you whether you decide to parent your child or release him or her for adoption.
Q: If I decide to release my baby for adoption, will you help me find a couple?
A: In order to avoid any conflict of interest, we do not help girls find couples. We will explain the options you have and assist you in finding an adoption agency you are comfortable with.
Q: How old are the girls who stay in the home?
A: We accept girls who are between 13 and 21, but most are between 16 and 20.
Q: How many girls can stay at My Father's House?
A: We have 8 bedrooms, so we can have up to 8 moms at a time.
Q: Do I have to live near My Father's House to come there?
A: No. Although most of our residents come from the local area, we accept girls from anywhere.
Q: How long has My Father's House been around?
A: Our organization started in 1990, with girls living with volunteer families. We opened My Father's House in 1997.
Q: Can I be forced to come to My Father's House?
A: My Father's House is a voluntary program. The decision is yours.
Q: Do I need a referral from an agency to apply to My Father's House?
A: No. We are not government funded. No agency referrals are needed.
Young women between the ages of 13 and 21 are welcome at My Father's House regardless of race, religion, or national origin.
You must be:
1. Between the ages of 13 and 21
2. Pregnant or parenting
4. Willing to fully participate in our parenting and life-skills education program
As a potential resident of My Father's House, you will attend a series of three interviews. During this time you will have the opportunity to meet staff, review rules and procedures, acquaint yourself with the house and other residents, and decide whether moving into My Father's House is the best option for you and your child.
After completing these three interviews you will stay at MFH for a ten day orientation, where you will be able to decide whether you want to commit to being part of our parenting program.
If you want to know more, please call us at 978 251-8191 and request an interview.
I've never felt like I have people who genuinely love me and care about me and what happens to me. Now, I have people who didn't even know me, who took me under their wing and watch out for me, help me when I am in trouble and really, honestly, truly care about me and my unborn child.
For once, I don't have to wake up to a house filled with arguing, yelling, and tension. I love the atmosphere at My Father's House. It really does feel like home. I've already gotten a lot closer to my son, and I no longer feel my life is going downhill. Without My Father's House, I don't know where I'd be right now.
The people at My Father's House care about me. It didn't matter to them what my situation was when I came to them for help. They welcomed me and took care of me. My baby was born and is growing up in a safe and loving place. I am so happy and so grateful. They also showed me how good God is. I am glad that I got to know Him.
Being close to other moms really helps me understand that we are all alike. We all have the same issues and support one another. We learn parenting skills to help us be the best moms we can be.
Before I came here I knew that I was going to be a nobody. Now that I'm here, I've changed. The people here showed me that someone does love me and that I can be somebody.
My Father's House is the best place I've ever lived. I'm safe and warm and have a roof over my head. I love being surrounded by those I love and love me back.
My Father's House was the one place that didn't turn me away when I desperately needed a place to go. They didn't judge me because I was pregnant and not married. They didn't judge me because of my past and the mistakes I've made.
I'm thankful to God because, even though I don't have parents, He has given me a home and people who care about me.
It has been two years since I have lived at My Father's House, and I still get their phone calls asking how my children and I are doing and if there is anything they can do to help.
Living at My Father's House has taught me about truth and trust. Lies and distrust have always been part of my life. I have learned to control my anger and how to make goals and stick with them. The most important thing I have learned is that I can do anything I put my mind to.
I was going through a rough time in my life. I felt really depressed, really gray, and really uncomfortable moving in with a bunch of strangers; but each day they greeted me with a smile, inspired me with words of wisdom, and proved to me they cared. They showed me the light to happiness.
If I never made it here, I'm afraid to think where I would have ended up.