During the resident’s pregnancy, she will begin pursuing her short-­term goals as outlined on her personal growth plan. She will begin tutoring sessions, life skill classes, and complete the Childbirth and Preparation Class. Each resident will also connect with a personal mentor and mentor family at this time.

Welcoming Baby

Following the birth of her child, each resident will be exempt for one month from daily and weekly chores, in addition to out­of­house program activities. This will allow her to connect with her child, heal, and adjust to daily life with her baby.

Pursuing Goals

The year following giving birth will be dedicated to completing all life skills classes, earning the High School Equivalency degree (HSE, formerly known as the GED), or pursuing higher academic goals.

Towards Independence

Within one month of her child’s first birthday, each resident will begin full­time employment in a position that she must hold for at least six months, if possible. Preparing for independent living, she will complete the Transitions Class and will accrue a savings of at least three months’ living expenses.


After her child turns two years old, each resident will dedicate the following two months to locating alternative housing, finding safe, affordable childcare, and making arrangements for a self­sustaining life. She will create a personal growth plan for the next three years and provide a personal evaluation of Expect Hope.
*During all phases of the program, all residents will participate in Bible class, mentorship, personal guidance counseling, and household chores.