Earn While You Learn Program
For many years Living Hope gave away clothing and baby items to anyone who walked through our door. Eventually we came to realize that by doing so we were missing opportunities to encourage our clients to learn and to grow. We decided that we no longer wanted to reward pregnant women for acting irresponsibly by waiting until the last minute to come to us for a hand-out. Instead, we wanted to encourage them to exercise some responsibility as we equipped them with information which would help them to make positive choices which would benefit themselves and their children.
The Earn While You Learn program matches a pregnant client with a trained client advocate, who meets with her during the final months of her pregnancy. By working through a custom-tailored curriculum that fits her individual needs, the EWYL participant is allowed to graduate and then shop in our Boutique for new clothing and supplies for her baby. Our goal is to give these clients a "hand-up" instead of a "hand-out".
Since it's inception in January of 2006, the EWYL program has had 395 graduates (as of March, 2021); several more participants are moving toward graduation. Our volunteers are thrilled that they can form relationships with these clients and impart valuable lessons instead of just handing out baby supplies.
When the coronavirus pandemic started in March, 2020, Living Hope was forced to adapt and evolve to be able to allow the young mothers to complete the program virtually. It was then that we began online classes through BrightCourse. (See link below) Each client is sent videos to watch along with worksheets, homework, spiritual application sheets and discussion questions. After completing the required work, they are allowed to come in and shop for their baby.
Although many of our clients are young and unmarried, we invite any pregnant woman to participate in the EYWL program. Our clients have ranged in age from 14 years old to the mid 40's. With extremely limited exceptions, we only allow a woman to participate in the program one time.
A NEW car seat
A NEW pack 'n play
Earn While You Learn
Online classes offered through BrightCourse (see information below)