Shalom Bayit Foundation-SBF provides housing for first time expectant teens (pregnant teens)/young mothers, generally ages 14-20, with nowhere to turn: at no cost to them. Our SBF Daughters will be afforded a peaceful, clean, safe environment: in a time which can be very stressful for any woman, and even greater for a young pregnant teen. Shalom Bayit Foundation’s help for pregnant teens includes, but not limited to, helping them gain the inner peace needed to help keep them from confusion, fear, frustration, apprehension and depression at this special time in their life. After the birth of their child SBF continues to provide help for our SBF Daughters and their child until they are ready to establish acceptable living accommodations, achieve their goals while seeking to identify their God-given purpose in life. Our Family Service oriented programs will assist in getting them back on track with their new life.
Home & Caring For You and Your Baby
We walk with our pregnant teens/young mothers in the beginning stages of their pregnancy/parenthood and beyond. Guidance is provided: from day-to-day feeding to health-care to hygiene to the more general issues on how best to spend time with and without your baby; direction given on older child care as well. A hot-line being established for all mothers; especially those on their own already.
We will make available necessary resources, to our young mothers, in their time of uncertainty. Our Daughters will be able to speak with professionally trained persons for whatever they need.
We will involve our SBF Daughters in various self-esteem and team building exercises. We have also implemented many Green efforts, which we hope will help our SBF Daughters learn how to live a self-sustaining and natural way of life.
Pregnant Teens are at high risk of not finishing high school, according to research published by TeenPregnancy.org. Teen moms say the pressures of pregnancy or parenthood play a significant role in their decision to “put it off until later” or drop out of school. Lack of education makes it harder for teen moms to find work.
Some Of Our Solutions:
SBF helps pregnant teens increase their chances of earning a HSE (High School Equivalency) diploma. Your HSE diploma can be earned after completing a test based on four subject areas including Math, Language, Science, and Social Studies. The skills you are taught and eventually tested on are at the same level as those of graduating high school seniors.
Prepare for the GED Test:
- GED.com www.ged.com –official website of the GED Testing Center. You need to create the account in order to schedule your GED tests. GED Test (4 subjects) cost ~$120
- Free GED Online Classes and Practice Tests: This website offers completely free online GED classes, GED practice tests and learning tips. Additionally they run GED Challenge to encourage students to pass the GED test fast and stress-free. Likewise, this website offers free GED practice tests and there are also GED videos programs that include mini-practice tests.
- GED Academy: www.passged.com This website offers GED on line preparation at a cost ($160). It is a self paced program, which affords the individual practice exams to insure readiness to take the GED exam.
Also, SBF collaborates with various colleges across the country that provide “Single Parent Programs”, Community Colleges that provide daycare facilities and more. We assist our SBF Daughters in seeking funds for their education. For more information on cost and tuition availability contact Eileen at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our SBF Daughters will interact with professional women who partner with our pregnant teens/young mothers to teach and guide them, in their specific careers, on how to get ahead in the corporate world today.
Financial Awareness and Education
SBF Daughters have the opportunity to set up savings portfolios and are taught financial responsibility, money management, bill paying techniques and general financial awareness.
Relationships are being forged with job seeking firms as well as individual local businesses. In addition, employment workshops with the potential for summer and/or job placement are available. CET, Career Links and other employment firms whom SBF forms a relationships.
Specific Needs Program
SBF will assist young mothers who fall outside the parameters of our mission if there is a desperate or immediate need. SNP time restraints run from one (1) month to a maximum of six (6) months. This program is geared to help the young mothers find a program or resource which best suits her need for growth.
It is our goal to help our Daughters achieve a personal relationship with God, but will not require participation in activities involving religion. SBF offers rides to church on Sunday mornings, Bible study class on Wednesday evening and other similar activities. Participation is purely optional.
The opportunity Shalom Bayit Foundation, Inc. receives is to help our children help themselves; so they may take our country in a better direction. Shalom Bayit Foundation, Inc. will encompass all of the above and more as time passes. We are aware this is no easy task and the opportunity usually comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.