Moses House has already been leaving behind a legacy of hope and change for the 60 or so women it serves on a regular basis, plus the young children many of these mothers bring along for lack of access to baby-sitting services. The ministry offers classes, child care, transportation services, health care and legal referrals, and placement in temporary housing for single mothers who are pregnant or have one child under the age of 6.
A dozen of these young families were at Moses House Wednesday for a class on sexual integrity, including 20-year-old Emily Poutsma of Apple Valley.
"I found out I was pregnant here," Poutsma said. " A friend brought me. I didn't want to go to the doctor because I had been doing drugs."
With encouragement from Matt Coughlin, case manager for Moses House, Poutsma said she immediately felt welcomed and enrolled in a parenting class. Her son Jeremy is four months old now, and Poutsma is still a regular at her home away from home.