Green Bay offers Hope for teen mothers
Increased need directs move to larger facilities
By Joanne Flemming
Green Bay's House of Hope program for young adult mothers has a new home.
It has moved from its Webster/Doty Streets neighborhood to the former Elite Manor, an assisted living facility on Christiana Street. The St. Vincent de Paul Society bought the building and named it Ozanam House for the founder of the Society.
The Salvation Army will continue to run the program, which is on this year's Compass Lenten/Easter Wish List.
John Finco, St. Vincent de Paul housing coordinator, and Major Ruth Fay, Salvation Army Corps officer, said the new facility will house two programs. Besides the House of Hope, there will be the Door of Hope, an emergency shelter for homeless mothers and children.
Fay pointed out that Ozanam House has 19 rooms. These will allow House of Hope to extend its services to nine mothers. Only four were served at the Webster/Doty area home.
"We'll take care of the women who are on the waiting list," she said.
The Door of Hope will provide immediate emergency lodging, food, care and counseling for 10 mothers and their children, she added.
Fay said the Ozanam House neighborhood has more resources -- a bus line, jobs, supermarkets and a Shopko -- readily available to its residents. It is also across the street from St. Mary's Hospital. There are plans for House of Hope to partner with programs at the hospital's A Woman's Place.
House of Hope was founded in 2000. It serves mothers ages 18 to 21 by helping them finish schooling, find jobs and develop parenting skills. The house is a long-term program and is staffed 24 hours a day.
Finco said that the original House of Hope was one of six houses in the Webster/Doty block the St. Vincent de Paul Society owns. The others house a clinic, a day care center and transitional housing.