Mission & History
At Hannah's House, a maternity home, we respect life, share love, and inspire hope by modeling Christian values for pregnant and parenting women facing homelessness and poverty.
Believing in the sanctity of life, we will serve Jesus Christ by providing a home for teens, women, and their unborn/newborn children where:
they are safe and secure
a multi-faceted program challenges them to reach their highest potential
healthy lifestyles and family values are encouraged, modeled, and practiced
development of self-esteem will empower them to make positive choices
new mothers receive support that enables them to sustain a new life
the community is enlisted to embrace and enhance this ministry with an abundance of resources
In response to a recognized community need for shelter and programming for unwed young women facing crisis pregnancies, the shelter then known as Mother’s Care Home opened its doors in 1993, thanks to the collaborative efforts of Bethel College, the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Saint Joseph Community Hospital and the Women’s Care Center.
During those early years, the fledgling program experienced several setbacks. Undaunted, the sponsors always regrouped and kept moving forward. In 1995, the home was renamed Hannah’s House to symbolize the Biblical character Hannah who greatly desired to be a mother. Catholic Charities became the fiscal manager and provided financial backing. With this stable foundation in place, community
support for our mission grew and by September 2000, Hannah’s House was an independent entity.
Hannah’s House has grown from simply a shelter for pregnant teens to a place with a range of support and programming services for pregnant and parenting women and their children. Our mission statement reflects the sanctity of life and support for pregnant women as they care for their own and their unborn baby’s physical health, work on emotional wellness, nurture their spiritual life, and pursue self-sufficiency goals. Our positive reputation has resulted in increased referrals from community agencies, opportunities for media coverage, and support from a variety of individuals, groups, and churches within the community.
Each year, approximately 20 women reside in our original home (the Leep Home) which has a capacity of seven residents and their babies. Our second house, the Killilea Home, dedicated in 2013, offers transitional housing for mothers and babies following their stay at Hannah’s House. We also provide regular opportunities for Hannah’s House alumnae, their children and the fathers in their lives to remain supported and involved with Hannah’s House through our Family Support Group, Dad’s 101 and Learn and Earn programs.
A major addition to programming occurred in 2012 when Bridge of Hope of St. Joseph County merged with Hannah’s House to form Bridge of Hope @ Hannah’s House. This nationally recognized mentoring program seeks to end family homelessness for single women and their children through case management, rental assistance and supportive relationships of a group of neighboring volunteers from the local Christian faith community over a one- to two-year period.