The cards are being sold for $5 at 21 locations around Green Bay, with all money raised through the sale benefitting House of Hope.
According to Jennifer Allen, House of Hope director, the Burnham Richards Advertising Agency came up with the idea of a Mother’s Day card. She said the ad agency approached House of Hope last fall, looking to target House of Hope as a beneficiary for its “Cocktails for a Cause” Christmas fund-raiser.
“That kind of started our relationship,” said Allen. “Then they came up with the idea of a Mother’s Day card, so they came over and had an art session with the moms and used that artwork to make the cards.”
Allen said all the moms and many children painted pictures and one mother’s painting was selected for the cover. One of the children painted the inside artwork, which is accompanied by a greeting, “With your love and support, every day is Mother’s Day.”
The advertising agency selected the artwork, then designed and printed them, said Allen.
“This is kind of our first endeavor in a fund-raiser where we’re selling something. We’re a program that’s not well-known in the community. We’re turning 10 this year and we’re really looking at getting our name out in the community,” she added. “Bernham Richards felt this was a way for us to do that.”
House of Hope houses up to 10 women at one time, said Allen.
“Our mission is to provide a supportive place where (young and expectant mothers) can grow to be independent, successful parents and people,” explained Allen. “We meet them where they’re at. Most of these moms began parenting as teens so there’s a lot who didn’t graduate from high school. We have an on-site GED program supported by retired teachers.”
The facility also works with several community agencies, including Catholic Charities, to provide a variety of self-help skills to the residents. “Most of what House of Hope works on is providing that 24/7 support for parenting and life skills building,” added Allen.
The need for such a facility is evident in the number of women they serve.
“We’ve been full for over two years, so we maintain a waiting list and then contact the moms as rooms become available,” said Allen. Residents stay free, up to 18 months.
House of Hope is also in the midst of a renovation project they call “Extreme Hope Makeover.”
“Right now we’re looking for people to donate contracted labor to assist in the remodeling of our kitchen,” said Allen. “Our goal is to make it more of a life skills environment for our moms.”
For information about where to purchase the Mother’s Day cards, how to help with the Extreme Hope Makeover, or to make a donation to House of Hope, e-mail Jennifer Allen at [email protected] or visit the House of Hope Web site, www.houseofhopegb.org.