House of Hope Boost Program

House of Hope provides transitional housing & support for homeless women & children.

Single mother families are the fastest growing population of homeless in Iowa, 70% struggling for economic security. There are no other programs offering this unique opportunity to homeless mothers in the Cedar Valley. Boost is an 8 week internship program providing women at House of Hope with an opportunity to achieve employment earning a livable wage. In Boost women will earn a stipend of $7.25 p/hr. Many women at House of Hope are smart and competent but lack the education and work experience necessary for obtaining a career position with opportunities to advance. Participants will attend two weeks of intense training on soft skills, employer expectations, etc. Our partner companies have agreed to place women in internships. If the women complete the internship to the satisfaction of the employer they will be hired earning $10 + p/hr. Our women can’t change their past but Boost gives them a second chance to thrive in the community and break the cycle of poverty and homelessness.

House of Hope offers a comprehensive approach to ending homelessness and poverty. $25,000 will provide 10 women with career readiness education and a stipend of $7.25 p/hr. during the 8 weeks they are in Boost. House of Hope continues to evolve to better equip homeless, single mothers with the tools they need to be successful members of the community. $25,000 will ensure these mothers have the opportunity to raise their families above the poverty line, have paid time off to tend to sick kids, obtain employer paid insurance, maybe even paid vacation! We currently have over 80 homeless families on our wait list and there are no other programs in the Cedar Valley offering these services.

This grant is an investment in families. There is no greater return on an investment than generational impact. With Boost, homeless single mothers can lift themselves out of poverty and homelessness, breaking the cycle for their children. These women will no longer need to rely on public assistance. Instead, they will become thriving women, raising their families independently and giving back to the economy and community.

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