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Bethlehem House offers hope to mothers on brink of homelessness – Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska 2021-07-20 23:54:49 –

Omaha, Nebraska (KMTV) — Unexpected pregnancies can lead to a lot of stress and uncertainty. But for Sarah Howarth, that was exactly what she needed to get her life back on track.

“If you’ve never been pregnant, you don’t know where you are. To be honest, you’re probably six feet below the psychiatric ward or devoted to the psychiatric ward,” Haworth said.

Howarth says that the person she is today will not be recognized by the person just three years ago.

For the first time in her life, she has a stable job and home and is confident that she can be a good parent for her son.

But getting here was not an easy journey.

“I unexpectedly noticed that I was pregnant, and I really had nowhere to go,” Haworth said.

A few months after her pregnancy, Haworth Bethlehem HouseA non-profit organization that aims to provide mothers, who are often at risk of homelessness, with what they need to create a better life for their children and themselves.

Gina Tomes, director of family life programs, says women often come from situations where they are unsupported by their families, fleeing domestic violence, or dealing with addiction and mental health problems. ..

But through the program, she sees women ready to change their lives.

“When they get here, you just see openness and motivation, and the desire to move forward, not want to retreat,” Tomes said.

And for Haworth, like many, one of the skill sets she needed to learn was money management.

“They were an absolute disaster, just as I was on the verge of bankruptcy,” Haworth said.

But like everything else, Bethlehem House gave her what she needed.Through a partnership with Creighton University Financial Hope Program, Haworth embarked on a journey to financial stability.

“I want to know what I can do,” Haworth said.

On Tuesday night, Howarth was one of several women who graduated from the Financial Hope Program and left with only student loans, car payments and self-confidence.

Julie Kalkowski, executive director of the program, states that the goal is to give women the knowledge they need to succeed.

“That’s what we want them to say.” I got this. I can do this, “said Kalkowski.

As for Haworth, she says getting pregnant and finding a Bethlehem home was the best thing that happened to her.

“Jude saved my life. Gina, her team and Bethlehem House saved my life, so I was able to save Jude’s life,” Haworth said.

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