Hannah House Mission: Housing young women 13-29 who are experiencing crisis situations in their lives, providing a place that empowers young women, allowing them to have a chance to stabilize their lives and prepare them for a better future.
Hannah House is a residential facility for young women who find themselves pregnant or have other life controlling issues. The house provides a structured program for each girl, including training in the practical aspects of living, counseling and spiritual help, as well as education and career guidance. We house our residents free of charge during their pregnancy or time of crisis and are a positive influence in their life when they need it most.
Hannah House opened September 8, 1997. We are recognized by the IRS as a 501 (c)(3) under our parent corporation Tree of Life Preventive Health Maintenance, Inc. We are funded by donations from individuals, corporations, churches, civic groups and foundations in our community.
Our purpose is to offer these young women a place of refuge in a warm home-like atmosphere where we can help them work on the issues in their lives that brought them to Hannah House. We want to help them heal and become productive caring individuals and those who were pregnant will be able to care for their babies, or to help them in making a decision to place their baby for adoption.
The average stay for a young woman at Hannah House is six months to one year; with 97% of our residents falling in the 100% category of the 2016 Poverty Level Guidelines, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Our program has grown through the years and now has three phases; in-house, extended living, and transitional housing. The in-house program is an eight step program with foundational steps and foundational tasks. Included in this program are life skills such as parenting, budgeting and finance, cleaning, cooking, and one-on-one counseling. In addition, while learning these life skills they are also working to complete their education.
In the extended living phase, while still living at Hannah House, a resident may begin attending college and/or obtain a job, to prepare her for the future. After completing these two programs, she may move into transitional housing located next to Hannah House. In this phase she begins to become self-sufficient and a productive taxpaying citizen.
We are in our 19th year of service. Over the years we have had successful outcomes with young women who have completed the program. Two former residents have come back to serve on the Board of Directors. Three former resident now hold jobs at Hannah House and one former resident works for Tree of Life. This type of residual outcome will keep Hannah House strong. As those who have been through the program make sure the home is there for those who have, and will come after them.