Terri arrived at Lifehouse in February 2013. Her mom found out about Lifehouse online, and Terri subsequently moved to Louisville from Ohio. She was only 18 years old at the time, it was the first time she was away from home, and she was six months pregnant.
Her baby girl is now 9 months old. She is crawling, often rolls towards her intended destination, and is able to stand with support.
Terri values some of the close friendships — true friendships — that have formed there at Lifehouse. The moms often learn from each other. The house moms also provide helpful skills, even pragmatic things like how to find the best deals while grocery shopping.
Most impactful have been the Bible studies. They recently read Gifted Hands, the biography of Dr. Ben Carson, together which was “eye opening”. Volunteers from churches also come in and help with special projects and sometimes even babysitting.
Terri is in school, and has homework, while also working part time and being a Mom. Her biggest challenge has been being away from her parents and learning to raise a child at age 19. The parenting classes, and getting her baby onto a more structured schedule, helped them settle into the new routine. The women all do daily chores, and on Friday, they do deep cleaning.
Advice for other young moms thinking about Lifehouse – “Come in with an open mind and be prepared to do anything. Think more about the baby’s needs, and be willing to abide by rules.”
In terms of where she sees herself in five years: “Finished with college, my baby in kindergarten.” She plans to major in Special Education or Accounting.
Lifehouse provided spiritual and financial help, along with support in caring for the baby. They offer counseling for the whole person, and she has experienced tremendous growth and maturity while there. She summarized: “Lifehouse is a really good place to be. It is hard to imagine where I would be without them. They have helped me be a much better parent to my child.”