Steven following maternal instinct
Hope House director named Woman of the Year
Ten years ago, Lisa Steven, executive director of Hope House Colorado, never dreamed she would own a business, especially one serving a community of young women dear to her heart.
Today, Steven, along with a committed staff and group of community volunteers, operate Hope House, a nonprofit serving teen parents across the Arvada and Front Range communities.
For her work and impact on the teen parenting community, Steven was named the 2013 Woman of the Year by the Arvada Chamber of Commerce.
“For Lisa, here’s somebody who’s had a significant impact on the community and that would not be there without the program and drive of that person,” Mark McGoff, a member of the award’s selection committee said.
A decade ago, Steven, along with few mothers from the original Colorado branch of Teen MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), dreamed up an idea for a nonprofit that would support and provide teenage mothers with needed resources during and after pregnancy.
After much discussion with her family and planning, Steven decided to bring the nonprofit Hope House into the world.
Once a teen parent herself, Steven said she understands the struggles the girls in Hope House go through, and truly has a passion for serving them.
“God had different plans (for me), this was a calling,” she said on the decision to begin Hope House. “I truly believe he (God) has a place in his heart for these girls, and if I would have said no, he would have someone else here.”
Steven, a humble yet charismatic individual has worked over the last decade with teen parents, specifically mothers, to ensure they have the support and resources needed to be successful parents.
Hope House began small, serving two mothers, to now helping more than 140 girls annually. Currently, the organization has developed a residential, mentor, and GED programs for parents, providing them with a safe place to stay if they are in need, a community, and a group of people committed to helping them become self-sufficient.
Among these programs, Hope House is also building a new location in Arvada that will bring all of the nonprofit’s programs and services under one roof.
“I love being a part of a community and love that Hope House isn’t this little isolated place in Arvada, but it’s a community and a model for other places,” Steven said.
For more information on Hope House, visit www.hopehouseofcolorado.org.