When Tisha came to Bethel several years ago, she was a young teen mom-to-be with no place to live or relatives she could turn to. She was anxious about her future, but she was determined to finish high school and find a career so she could provide for herself and her baby girl.
Hard work and a Hand Up
Tisha started in Williams Cottage, Bethel’s house for teen moms. She earned her high school diploma at Bethel Christian Academy, Bethel’s on-campus school. Her House Parents in Williams Cottage helped her find a daycare for her daughter and taught her life skills essential for single moms.
Williams Cottage can house several teen moms at one time. The girls who live there share meals together with their babies and form friendships.
Once she graduated from high school, Tisha and her baby daughter left Williams Cottage and moved into Bethel’s Next Step residential program. It was a big step toward responsibility.
The Next Step To Independence
In Next Step, single moms over age 18 share a house with their child only. They have no House Parents, but get guidance from a Monitor who makes sure they are thriving. They pay a small amount of rent as they learn how to save and become self-sustaining single moms.
While she lived in Next Step, Tisha attended Chattanooga State and earned her welding certificate. And, with Bethel’s help, she saved every penny she could toward her future.
Tisha says that Bethel helped her with other important skills as well.
“Bethel taught me to be a better parent to my child,” Tisha notes. “They helped me get involved with parenting classes, and taught me independent living and budgeting skills.”
Her Ultimate Dream
With a solid job as a welder, Tisha was able to achieve her ultimate dream: She left Bethel and purchased a small home for herself and her child.
“If it wasn’t for Bethel, I know I would not have finished high school or college, because I would not have had the help that they gave me,” Tisha says. “Without Bethel, I would not have been able to work. I would not have had someone to take care of my baby while I worked after being in school all day.”
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