Special to the Reporter
Glen Rose is home to a very special place, Hannah House Maternity Home. Lives are changed through Hannah House, which offers a place of new beginnings for teens and young women in unplanned pregnancy situations.
Young women from the ages of 13 to 29 from Texas and surrounding states live at Hannah House during their pregnancy. All of their needs are met at no charge to them or their families. In addition to clothing, food, and shelter, each resident receives medical care, counseling, and spiritual guidance.
A caring physician in Cleburne provides medical care, while a licensed registered nurse teaches childbirth classes. Deliveries take place at Walls Regional Hospital in Cleburne; the nurses of labor and delivery take great care of the Hannah House girls.
Two licensed professionals offer personal and group counseling. Biblical counseling is available in addition to regular counseling. Also, each young woman attends weekly church services and Bible studies.
Life skills are offered each week where residents learn decision-making skills, budgeting and finances, basic parenting, communication and organization.
Parenting classes are offered to the young women who choose to parent their child, while adoption referral services are offered to the young women who choose to place their child for adoption.
As you can imagine, the house is bustling with activity.
We get up in the morning and go to school, but first make that bed and brush those teeth. Everyone shares in the chores, so you might unload the dishes or vacuum the living room floor. Also, there’s always laundry on your assigned day. Eat breakfast, and you’re on your way.
Oh, who has a doctor’s appointment?
If you are finished with school, there are life skills assignments to do; rag dolls to be made; meetings with the counselor, the parenting teacher or the life skills teacher; counseling assignments; and don’t forget to write in that journal!
During the week residents watch a few movies, have group counseling, or just sit around and have “girl-talk.” Bible study is Tuesday night and youth group on Wednesday night. On Saturdays residents get up to a hearty breakfast and then deep clean the house.
A trip to Wal-Mart is a must, as is an occasional trip to the movies or the local video store. On Sundays, all residents go to church.
Meals are planned together and there’s never a dull moment. Finally, it’s lights out. Tomorrow is a new day.
Hannah House is a non-profit organization and relies on tax deductible donations to meet all of their needs. It costs $102.00 per day for the care of one girl at Hannah House, and the staff will never say “no” to one in need if there’s an available bed.
Ways to get involved:
* Pray - The residents, staff, volunteers, board members, and finances need your prayers.
* Participate in the first annual Celebrate Life 5K taking place at 8 a.m. in Glen Rose Saturday, Oct. 25. The run/walk will start and finish at First Baptist Church, 2000 Bo Gibbs. You may register to walk or run online at www.celebratelife5k.com; or on the morning of the 25, registration will open at 7:15 a.m. If you’d like to help, but enjoy sleeping in on a Saturday, visit the Web site to donate by sleeping for the cause. We’re grateful for any amount you are able to give.
* Donate on a regular basis directly to Promiseland Ministries; both mail in and online donations are accepted at PO Box 728, Glen Rose, TX 76043 or go to www.plministries.org
* Volunteer. Hannah House is just like any other household with needs inside and out. Current needs: a new vehicle; the garbage disposal replaced; help with the flowerbeds; firewood for the winter; toilet paper. Please contact the office if you’re interested in helping with these needs and/or becoming a volunteer. 254-897-2569
Of course, if you have found yourself in an unplanned pregnancy situation, and need a place to stay while you are pregnant, Hannah House is where you’ll get help with the rest of your life, and our door is open to you.