ESTHER Homes exists to come alongside pregnant women and single mothers experiencing homelessness or crisis by providing transitional housing and access to resources for family stability within a community of support.
We believe that caring, dependable relationships—having a team of people in your corner—is the way forward for family stability. Pregnant women and single mothers facing homelessness or crisis need their community to SHOW UP. Live-in staff and volunteers give practical support, advocate for mothers’ goals and dreams, offer encouragement when life feels overwhelming, and celebrate strengths and milestones.
WHY WE DO IT
We are a people, compelled by a love without agenda, because God first loved us! Jesus, the one who chose not to give up on us, came to us. He continues to meet us where we are at and strengthens us where we are. He gives hope in all circumstances. We want to display His love to each mama that comes into the home: a love that will stand with them, a love that says she has a voice in her journey, a love that meets her in the mess and victories of life and says she is capable, valuable and worth it all!
This we know: a passion for and commitment to supporting mothers has a multigenerational impact: it means caring for the wellbeing of babies and children by supporting whole families. Young women who become pregnant or give birth have an increased risk of homelessness and housing instability up until their child is 2 years old (ZERO TO THREE, 2019). If we recognize the need, how will we respond?
At ESTHER Homes, our daily response is love looks like: housing + community. We care about women becoming mothers. Pregnancy is unlike any other time of life, full of transition and critical development for mom and baby. It is a vulnerable time, and women experiencing homelessness have more pronounced feelings of isolation and depression (ZERO TO THREE, 2019). We believe that this is the time to come into mothers’ lives with hope. To come in and remind each woman of her identity. To be a place of support along her journey as she makes the most courageous decisions of her life. We want to see a love and hope ignited in these women so that it would also be birthed into their children, and future generations.