Infants/Babies (under age 5)
Substance Abusers (Drug/Alcohol Abusers)
More than a shelter, Mother House is a program that strives to build our residents' confidence and skills for a successful future. We serve pregnant women in need during their prenatal and postpartum journeys. Mother House provides education, stability, and support throughout pregnancy and the early months of motherhood.
Mother House is located in Boulder, Colorado. Residents come primarily from Boulder County but we accept applications from all mothers in need regardless of residency. Many applicants arrive early in their pregnancies and the average postpartum stay is 4 months. However, Mother House supports and welcomes applicants at any stage of pregnancy or in the first weeks postpartum and we strive to make our policies, programs, and timelines fit the specific needs of our residents.
Our facility provides a family environment where women can participate in group living, which helps to give support and promote friendships that will last long after leaving Mother House. We often invite our alumni back to visit with current residents and continue to offer our support when they might need it.
Residents participate in weekly educational presentations which provide information on such topics as birthing and parenting, community resources, healthy relationships, health & wellness, budgeting, life skills, and topics related to their needs.
Residents are required to work or go to school at least 20 hours per week while living at Mother House. And, for women in any legal or treatment programs, adherence to their requirements is mandatory for remaining in the program.
Residents receive information on how to connect with a multitude of community services, many of which require a legal residence to qualify - which Mother House provides. These services include:
Pre-natal and birthing health care: such as provided by People's Clinic in Boulder
Medicaid and Food Stamps
Women and Infant Children (WIC) program: provides dairy products, such as milk, cheese and formula
Nurse Family Partnership (NFP): visiting nurses who guide new moms and offer information on the development of infants
Community Infant Project (CIP): support during pregnancy and transition to parenthood
GENESIS: a parenting program for young women who have become pregnant while under the age of 20
Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP): provides child care assistance to families who are working, searching for employment, or are in training, and families who are enrolled in the Colorado Works program and need child care services to support their efforts toward self-sufficiency
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): provides grant funds to states and territories to provide families with financial assistance and related support services
Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS): a 5-year academic, employment and savings incentive program designed to help low income families gain education and career skills to move toward self-sufficiency
Evidence of Mother House's successful program is illustrated through its healthy, happy babies and empowered moms. Residents learn skills to change their lives while staying at Mother House. They have support through services in the area and people who care about them. They show better decision making skills and choices after having help.
We also receive a number of referrals from agencies and individuals in our community. We have a good reputation for our program and people trust that women will be treated well and get what they need here. We employ a strong intake process and very seldom do we need to release someone from our program. Our contract along with our rules in place give our residents a sense of security and safety while at Mother House.
Our greatest success is when a resident can find a more permanent housing situation when leaving Mother House. Research shows that it often takes 3 years or more to recover from being homeless or in crisis. We are just one part of the journey for a woman who finds herself pregnant and homeless. We are a very important part and we make a big difference in the lives of the women who come here.