Her Transformational Journey

At Almost Home we provide the pathway and support to help every young mom on her journey to self-sufficiency

  1. Cycle of
    poverty
  2. Catalyst for
    change
  3. Almost Home
    intervention
  4. Progress toward
    independence
  5. Confident, empowered,
    self‑sufficient young mom
  6. A completely different life for
    many generations to come

Our Model

Taking steps toward independence

Almost Home isn’t a shelter. It’s a proven pathway out of poverty.
Our comprehensive programs are designed for highly-
motivated young women who are ready to
work for a brighter future.

Stability
  • Remove barriers to success
  • Address mother & child medical needs
  • Address legal issues
  • Provide safe & stable housing
Individual Well-Being
  • Develop healthy relationships
  • Create supportive social networks
  • Cultivate ability to set realistic goals
  • Increase emotional stability
  • Improve personal development skills
Family Well-Being & Successful Parenting
  • Develop positive parenting skills
  • Acquire strategies to prevent child abuse/neglect
  • Create support networks for day care
  • Develop family plan – no additional unplanned pregnancies
Education & Job Advancement
  • Receive high school diploma or GED
  • Complete career-relevant education
  • Ensure workforce readiness
  • Acquire skills for 21st century jobs
  • Enter a promising career pathway with real earning potential
Financial Literacy
  • Gain critical skills in financial literacy
  • Learn to manage money responsibly
  • Set realistic financial goals
  • Access banking and accumulate financial assets
  • Build assets to achieve economic & social mobility
Self-Sufficiency
  • Maintain ability to support herself and her child(ren)
  • Have confidence in future and ability to change her life
  • Create a lifestyle to be successful with a long-term plan
  • Take pride in responsible parenting
  • Achieve economic independence

Our Programs

We meet moms exactly where they are. Our targeted programs give young mothers the tools they need to be successful, no matter where they are on their journey, and stay with them to ensure long-term success.

Designed for 16 to 20 year-old pregnant or parenting young women who haven’t finished high school and are in need of housing.

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Goals:

  • Earn high school diploma or GED
  • Ensure safety for child(ren)
  • Create stable living situation
  • Learn critical habits & life skills
  • Define life goals and a vision for the future
  • Qualify for the CEO program

Support:

  • Safe transitional housing for moms and their children
  • Assistance with food, clothing, baby supplies, and childcare
  • Case management and counseling
  • Tutoring and academic support
  • Life skills classes

Designed for 21 to 30 year-old moms who have a GED or high school diploma and are searching for a career with a living-wage.

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Goals:

  • Obtain living-wage job with opportunity to advance
  • Learn how to manage money
  • Gain skills to provide for family long-term

Support:

  • One year training program
  • Job training and placement
  • Career-relevant education
  • Life-skills coaching
  • Personal and professional development
  • Dedicated social services support team

Designed for graduates of the CEO and FTS programs who want to maintain the course toward lasting independence.

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Goals:

  • Long-term self-sufficiency
  • Connection with support systems
  • Opportunity to give back and inspire others

Support:

  • Up to eight years of support
  • Access to low-rent housing
  • Daycare assistance/stipends
  • Home visits and follow-ups
  • Coaching, support groups and therapy
  • Peer mentoring opportunities
Do you know a young mom, 16-28 years old who would benefit from one of our programs? Contact us today to refer a young mom who is ready and willing to work hard to create a better future for herself and her child.

Our Results

We’ve designed comprehensive and relevant programs that address the complex needs of young moms in poverty. Our flexible model allows us to customize services for each young mom so we can achieve measurable results. Our 8 years of alumni support ensures their long-term success.

1,500+

young St. Louis moms served since 1993

50+

babies/toddlers each year get a fresh start to a better life

57%

pursue education beyond high school and/or further job training

95%

maintain stable housing after leaving Almost Home

90%

obtain jobs to provide for their families

Our Partners

We know we can’t do this work alone

Removing the obstacles that prevent people from escaping poverty today is a much more complicated process than it was in the past.  That’s why Almost Home actively partners with other organizations in the community to increase our effectiveness and use resources more efficiently. See all of our partners and learn more in our annual report.