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20 Years Of Being There For You

Our goal is to provide hope for lives that are hurting and broken and to let them know that life can look different. It does not have to be as challenging as it is right now. We strive to share our hope for a better future for them and their babies.

The home is valuable because it is a HOME. It is not a rehab clinic or treatment facility. We get to treat the women as people and valuable lives. We help them to achieve their goals. This home is a safe place for them. They begin to make healthy choices and create healthy relationships. Many of our residents have no family or support system. They deal with issues of abandonment. They may have been raised in the foster care system.

We exist to provide a safe and nurturing environment that supports emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual growth:

  • To share, teach and model a growing, personal relationship with Christ
  • To demonstrate Christ’s love to pregnant and unwed young women
  • To encourage life and educate young women so they can make an informed decision between adoption and parenting
  • To provide practical training for life skills, Biblical parenting skills, nutrition, vocational and home life opportunities
  • To equip young women to become godly women in their families and communities through counseling and discipleship and the study of God’s Word
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STATEMENT OF FAITH DOCTRINAL POSITION

We believe in:

  • One Triune God, eternally existing in three persons- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired Word of God, wholly inerrant in the original writing, infallible and God-breathed, the final authority for faith and life.
  • That the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man.
  • That the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, substitutionary sacrifice in providing an unlimited atonement for the sins of the whole world; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead.
  • That man was created in the image and likeness of God. Through Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature and became alienated from God, and that man is totally depraved and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition.
  • That salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins.
  • In the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgement and everlasting punishment.
  • That God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity should be engaged in outside of marriage between a man and a woman.
  • That any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, pedophilia, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography, are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex.
  • That human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. We reject any teaching that abortion is acceptable.
  • That man is made in the image of God and to take man’s life is murder, therefore, assisted suicide is contrary to scripture.

Day Care Services

Choosing quality and affordable child care as a single mom can be a very difficult decision. That’s why Hannah’s Home is offering accredited and licensed daycare services for our current and alumnae mothers.

It is our belief and conviction that all children need the safety and security of knowing that they are loved and have a place to call home. They cannot flourish without a sense of belonging and permanence to give them that security. Since these infants and children are born to mothers laden with trauma backgrounds it is critical to breaking the cycle by providing a consistent safe and stable environment for them where the love of Jesus Christ can be shared with them.

History

1990s

In the mid 1990’s, Carol Beresford, a local pastor’s wife, attended a conference in Virginia and toured a maternity home. Seeing such a place inspired her to share a ministry opportunity with her women’s prayer group and church. She envisioned such a home in this area where single, pregnant, young women who had limited support and resources could stay and choose life for their babies.

1998

In 1998, she began to solicit help from individuals, churches, businesses and the community to fulfill the call God had given her.

2001

Hannah’s home opened in 2001, debt-free and completely furnished.

2012

The Home was temporarily closed from late 2012 due to the downturn in the economy.

2014

Through the efforts of many donors sacrificially giving of their finances and resources, and a host of volunteers generously giving the gift of their time, the Home announced a New Beginning and reopened in Fall 2014.

2016

We took a huge leap of faith and transitioned to a home where the women were now able to return with their babies which was prevented under our licensing. We dropped that license which was only permitted by the state due to the fact that we are solely supported by private donations. We restructured our staff, hiring a live-in Executive Director and now function with a Mentoring staff. We no longer utilize the “house-parent” model. We welcomed our first baby back to the home in July of 2016!

FAQ

Where is Hannah's Home located?

We are located in a safe neighborhood in Mentor, Ohio.

What is it like at Hannah's Home?

We have a large spacious home with six rooms for residents and their babies. When a resident moves in, she may share a room with another woman, however, she can earn a private room when she gets closer to her due date. We have a large kitchen, dining room, living room, and two large resident bathrooms. There is 24 hour supervision of the home provided by a mentoring staff.

How long can a resident live there?

A resident can move in at any point in her pregnancy although the earlier the better.  As long as she is abiding by the rules and structure of the home she may remain a resident for up to six months after the baby is born.  A resident may apply for an extension in three month increments which would be evaluated and approved for circumstances such as if a woman is still in school or in need of our services.

What is the age limit?

Hannah’s Home serves residents who are 18 and over. We can provide services for girls under 18 however, not residency.

Do you push adoption?

No, we provide counsel and education on both parenting and adoption. It is up to each woman to decide what is best for her and her baby. We support whatever decision is made and seek to equip her in the best way possible for that decision.

Can a mom bring other children?

Unfortunately, no. We are not able to accommodate for older children. If someone else is able to provide for their care or are not in your custody they are able to come and visit.

How much does it cost?

Our services are free to our residents. We are fully funded and supported by local churches, businesses, and individuals. Our residents are permitted to work up to 25 hours per week however must save at least 40% of their income. The other 60% is used to clear up debts.