Category Archives: Housing

How Much Freedom is Too Much Freedom in the Home?



Amber Hornsby, Founder and ED of Esther Homes, joins the pregnancy help podcast to discuss time-tested principles for managing resident freedoms and privileges in the maternity home setting. These principles are applicable for any program style for maternity housing ministry and are easily duplicated.

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When to Rebrand and 5 Steps to Do It Well



Debbie Capen, Executive Director of MiraVia, a maternity housing program for college students, walks us through her journey of rebranding a previously long-standing brand and what she learned along the way. Wondering if your maternity home or pregnancy center is due for a brand refresh and where to start? This conversation walks you through 5 steps to rebranding with excellence!
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Passing the baton

Passing the Baton



An informal conversation as Mary Peterson interviews Valerie Humes, the new Director of the National Maternity Housing Coalition at Heartbeat International. This episode hits on Valerie’s approach to meeting clients’ needs, serving special needs residents, and her vision for the maternity housing community.


Succession Planning



Join us as Emily Prins (Expect Hope) interviews Mary Peterson on the topic of Succession Planning.  Their conversation features lessons learned on helping staff with the transition, encouraging Board in their authority, and dealing with the personal aspects of a change in role.  Creating a culture of leadership development and thinking about growing a resilient organization were two central themes!

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Breaking the shackles of shame

Breaking the Shackles of Shame



With a deep passion for working with women, Dinah Monahan gives some basic pointers on overcoming the lies of shame so as to live in the truth.  She touches on the “fingerprints of shame” that appear in the lives of shame-bound women and discusses the path of surrender by daily Giving God Your Worst.  Dinah closes by introducing some of the free materials that she has made available with hopes that those in the pregnancy help movement can bring healing to shame in their own lives and in the lives of their clients.

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Overcoming Difficult Board Dynamics

Overcoming Difficult Board Dynamics



Sue Baumgarten draws from her experience as a Board member, Board Chair, and Executive Director to offer hope-filled advice on addressing Board dynamics. Thinking of the Board in the noble task of “overseers” (1 Tim 3:1), Sue speaks to common dynamics like “rubberstamping”, toxic members, inactive members, and uninformed Boards. She closes with powerful thoughts on collective discernment via listening prayer so that God can operate as the “burden bearer” for the organization.

Sponsored by Heart & Home, an eNewsletter by Heartbeat International and National Maternity Housing Coalition.


Supporting Women Through the Adoption Process

Supporting Women Through the Adoption Process



In this podcast, Jeannine Floores draws from her experience as a birth mom, an adoptive mom, and the Executive Director of a maternity home and adoption agency.  With light-hearted humor, she talks about overcoming fear in the adoption conversation and offers some practical suggestions on how to support women that are walking through the adoption decision.

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Jeannine Floores is presenting “Presenting Adoption to Our Clients” at the Heartbeat International 50th Annual Conference.

Heartbeat International 50th Annual Conference


Exposing the Lies

Exposing the Lies



Cynthia Miller, the Counselor & Life Coach of Heart of Hope, speaks with passion about the work of exposing the lies that women believe and replacing those lies with truth.  Using a beautiful illustration of coal and diamonds, she gives practical methods that can be used within the work to allow the Word of God to bring about transformation in the lives of the women we serve.

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The LOVE Approach Book

The L.O.V.E. Approach for Everyone



Cindi Boston-Bilotta interviews Dr. Peggy Hartshorn about her latest book, The L.O.V.E. Approach.

In 1994, Dr. Hartshorn developed The L.O.V.E. Approach manual to explain how Christ-centered pregnancy help center volunteers can build relationships with women facing difficult pregnancies and help them resolve issues and problems in a life-affirming way. It has been in continuous use around the world, taught by Heartbeat International since then (person to person and now on-line).

It was originally inspired by the lessons she learned from painful experience, the hard way, as a young wife, mother, and passionate Christian volunteer, almost 50 years ago.

In this narrative version of the L.O.V.E. Approach, she offers the four steps to you and the larger Christian community in the expectation that you will also find them powerful in your own relationships and ministries.

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Client Marketing – Expanding Your Reach



Bri Laycock, the Director of Ministry Solutions, reflects on how to better reach potential residents in this informative episode of Pregnancy Help Podcast. Learn about using Google analytics to see who your website is attracting and how using phrases may help improve your search results for clients.  Bri also shares about the important role that the “live chat” function has for Option Line and invites homes to think about how it might be used for outreach. This is a power-packed session with lots of insights on taking your website-based outreach to the next level!

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