Thank you for your interest in entering our program. We offer a safe home for mothers who desire to prepare an independent life for their new families. To be eligible for our program, you must be: Pregnant, 18 years or older, without guardianship of any other children. Check out a short video of a former Expect Hope mama!
This is what you would receive as a resident of Expect Hope:
– HOUSING for you and your child up until your children turn two years old
– A LIFE SKILLS CURRICULUM preparing you for independent living
– GOAL PLANNING towards a self-sustainable life
– Biblical COUNSELING AND TEACHING
– Individualized ACADEMIC TUTORING to advance the education of each resident
– Free, onsite PARENTING ASSISTANCE while you are in class or at work
– A JOB PLACEMENT program to prepare you and assist you to find employment
– Continual physical, emotional, and spiritual SUPPORT from staff members and mentors
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
What does a typical day in the home look like?
On a typical day, residents participate in community meals, Bible Study, life skills classes, guidance counseling sessions, chores, fun activities, and relaxation.
Do I pay anything for living there?
No. All of the services we provide are completely free because of generous, private donations. You don’t need to pay for food, transportation, or rent.
Is this just a free housing program?
While we do provide free housing, the Expect Hope program is so much more than that! Residents are supported in learning life skills, increasing their academics, and finding a job to provide for them and their child. This is the place for you in you are ready to build an independent life.
Will I have my own room?
Each resident has their own bedroom to share with their baby. The other common rooms in the house are shared by all residents: kitchen, bathroom, lounges, etc.
How long can I stay?
Our program is designed to support you throughout your pregnancy and for about two years following that.
What are my responsibilities?
As a member of our community, you will be expected to share in the responsibilities of cooking, cleaning, meeting together, attending church and Bible classes, and enjoying life together.
Am I allowed to go to school?
We encourage you in your academic goals and will support a reasonable class schedule as you prepare for and adjust to motherhood.
Can I work?
Our program is designed for mothers to set aside the time of pregnancy and at least the first six months after giving birth to prepare for and then bond with baby while pursuing life skills education in our home. We will assist you in finding a job between 6 – 12 months after your baby is born so that you can save your income. It is then expected that you will work the second year of your child’s life.
Is there curfew?
Yes, all residents must be home by a specified time each day.
What if I’m not religious?
Residents have the right to hold and express their personal faith in God or lack of faith. However, Expect Hope is a program founded on the principles and teaching found in the Bible, and these principles will be applied in policies and procedures such as weekly church attendance.
Where is the home located?
In the Bronx, NY
How do I apply?
There is no paper application. Please contact our staff to begin the interview process by phone: 347-577-6331. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your estimated due date and best phone number and times to reach you.