Since arriving in Colombia in 2011 to serve at-risk children and families, we and our staff have worked tirelessly to help make a tangible and lasting difference in the lives of vulnerable and hurting Colombian families. Now, our next step is to create a full-time care program to rescue single mothers and their children who are in highly vulnerable situations.
Many local programs exist which separate at-risk children from their parents, placing the children in substitute homes while the mothers are often left in trauma and with little hope of ever getting their children back.
While it is sometimes necessary to remove children from an unsafe situation, there are also many cases in which mothers simply need extra love, attention, psychological and spiritual care, job skills, etc. in order to get out of the dire situation in which they find themselves.
Our goal has always been to do everything possible to KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER while providing the care and intervention needed, and in 2014 the dream to offer a full-time intervention program for both at-risk mothers AND their children was born.
While the women’s and children’s programs we’ve run over the years have had tremendous success, they have also helped prepare us to take the next step of creating the 911 HOPE HOUSE PROJECT!
ABOUT THE 911 HOPE HOUSE PROJECT
Our investigation has found no other known project like the 911 Hope House in Colombia, in which adult women together with their children are given the care needed while families are kept together!
The 911 Hope House Project will begin with a single full-time care home in one of the four houses that make up the 911 Life missions base in Medellin, with the future goal of expanding to include homes in other cities. We will receive mothers between the ages of 18 and 30 who have 1-3 children between the ages of 5-10 years old.
The first home will receive up to five families, with round-the-clock professionally-trained staff providing crisis intervention, psychological and spiritual care, nutritional care and education, skills training, and more. Outside of school hours, their children will enjoy arts, sports, English classes, tutoring, and other recreational activities. They will also receive the emotional and psychological help needed from our trained professionals.
Our goal is for this program to start in early 2022.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
- PHASE ONE: The families will be moved from their crisis situation to the Hope House for a period of approximately 6 months, during which they will receive 24-hour care, love, support, counseling, and other necessary services.
- PHASE TWO: As the family heals, the mother will begin to receive jobs training in an area of interest, whiile continuing to receive the care and support needed. This phase will last for up to 15 months.
- PHASE THREE: Between 21 and 24 months after entering the 911 Hope House Project, the mothers will transition into living independently and financially supporting their family.