Maternity Home FAQs

Director of the Maternity Housing Coaltion, Valerie Harkins, takes us through some of the frequently asked questions that she hears from the Maternity Housing community. Valerie covers homes for minors, goals for residents, funding your ministry, housing models, and more!

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Insurance for Maternity Homes – Kirk Thomas

Valerie Harkins brings in Kirk Thomas from Johnson-Witkemper Insurance to talk about considerations when choosing insurance for your maternity home. He covers questions surrounding what insurance companies will ask and how to keep insurance costs low for ministries.

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Click here to contact Kirk Thomas at Johnson-Witkemper Insurance
Email housing@heartbeatinternational.org to connect with Valerie Harkins

Notes:

  • Remember to cover your physical assets and people assets with insurance
  • Take into consideration your home structure – single family, multi-family, or mixed use property
  • Utilize things like security cameras, sprinklers, fire alarms, etc. to help minimize costs of insurance
  • Have a plan in place ready to implement in a crisis situation such as a natural disaster or home evacuation for other reasons.
  • Set clear expectations for residents

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Adding Apartments to Your Maternity Home – Vicki Krnac

Vicki Krnac, Executive Director of Hannah’s Home talks with Valerie Harkins about the process of adding apartments to their maternity home to meet the need of residents who are ready to move into more independent living while still working alongside the staff of the maternity home. While it seemed like an overwhelming endeavor, Vicki and her team were intentional about following God’s timeline for the project, and saw His hand guiding each step along the way.

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Media and Maternity Homes

Maternity Housing Specialist, Valerie Harkins talks with VP of Communications & Marketing, Andrea Trudden about the media’s increased interest in maternity homes over the past year. Andrea provides guidance on how to respond to attacks and how to effectively communicate with your supporters.

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Trauma-Informed Care During the Christmas Season

Valerie Harkins, Director of the Maternity Housing Coalition, interviews Suzanne Burns from Foundation House about serving women during the Christmas season who have experienced trauma. While most of us see this time of year as a season of joy, traditions, and celebrations, we recognize that for others, it is a difficult season to navigate as challenging family relationships, trauma, or loss may trigger negative emotions. Find out how you can help your clients to find healing and hope as you celebrate the birth of Jesus together.

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Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence

Women seeking help from maternity homes are often caught up in a cycle of domestic abuse. Ashley Potts, Founder and Executive Director of Selah Creek Maternity Home, explains how homes  can prepare to serve victims of abuse by learning as much about trauma-informed care as possible, and most importantly, learning to listen and develop trust. Listen in as Ashley shares how she and her team have helped women go from feeling that domestic violence is just the “normal” of relationships, to making cycle-breaking choices that will have a lasting effect on generations to come.

You can reach Ashley Potts at ashley@selahcreek.org or visit www.selahcreek.org

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Get to know the Maternity Housing Coalition Council

Valerie Humes brings Vicki Krnac, Executive Director of Hannah’s Home and Housing Leadership Council Chair on as a guest as they talk about who the MHC Council is and how they can support you and your maternity home through training and resources.

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Mental Health First Aid

Housing Specialist, Valerie Humes interviews Vanessa Rock (Good Counsel Homes) about the importance of teaching your staff how to safely and effectively respond to a mental health crisis. There are simple steps that staff/volunteers can learn that will help to create a safe environment for all residents in a home as well as for clients at pregnancy centers.

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Anatomy of a Consultation

Listen to this episode as Valerie Humes, Housing Specialist, and Beth Diemert, Director of Affiliate Services, talk about how we can share ideas and work through issues during a consultation with Heartbeat International. Find out how The Love Approach is used to build and strengthen relationships, connecting pregnancy help organizations around the world.

Contact Valerie to set up a Housing Consultation at housing@heartbeatinternational.org

Check out the Maternity Housing track of workshops at our upcoming Annual Heartbeat Conference!

Christmas in the Maternity Home

Valerie Humes, Housing Specialist at Heartbeat International, brings you a special Christmas edition of the Pregnancy Help Podcast! Listen to her insight into making the most of the Christmas season in your maternity home. How would you respond if you found out that one of your residents had never heard the story of Jesus?

Contact Valerie at Housing@HeartbeatInternational.org
Read Valerie’s latest article, “Making Room for Christ at Christmas” HERE