Category Archives: Housing

Host Homes



Shepherding or host homes grew in popularity in the 1980s and 1990s as a new type of housing resource for those involved in pregnancy help ministries. In this model, pregnant women in crisis pregnancies were housed within the spare bedrooms in the homes of passionate pro-lifers. Several long-standing maternity homes, as they currently exist, used some version of a host home living environment as the launching point for developing a housing program. Additionally, many founders of established maternity homes (and other pregnancy help organizations) began by welcoming women into their personal home.

In this episode, we’ll delve deeper into what a Host Home is and how they are used.

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data collection

Data Aggregation Project



Join Mary Peterson, Housing Specialist for Heartbeat International, and Stephen Wallace with the Gabriel Network to talk about a new data initiative from the National Maternity Housing Coalition.

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Forward-Thinking Consultations



Join Valerie Harkins of LifeHouse Houston as she shares tips on how to create a therapeutic environment in the home and why they made the decision to have all consultation activity be forward-looking and based on creative self expression.

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Self Medication

Self-Medication



Join Mary, Suzanne and Lisa as they discuss self-medication specifically in regard to pregnant women and pregnancy help organizations. In this episode, they will define what self-medication is and how it impacts the women within their programs.


Physiological Aspects of Trauma: Impact on the Body



Join Mary Peterson as she talks with Suzanne Burns, MA-MFS and Lisa Holmes with Foundation House Ministries on the impact trauma has on the body of the woman.


Pregnancy Help Podcast

How to Avoid Secondary Trauma as a Caregiver



Join Heartbeat International Housing Specialist, Mary Peterson, as she talks with Lisa Holmes of Foundation House Ministry to discuss ways to avoid secondary trauma within the housing community.

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Pregnancy Help Podcast

The Relational Impact of Trauma



This session explorers how trauma affects relationships, including relationships with staff in the home, other moms in the home, and in some cases our clients children. To purchase the episode in its entirety, go to heartbeatservices.org/resources.


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Maternity Homes and the Pregnancy Center Service Report



Mary Peterson, Housing Specialist for Heartbeat International, discusses four main messages she gleaned from the latest report from the Lozier Institute specifically regarding housing programs.

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Pregnancy Help Podcast

Trauma-Informed Rule Structures



In this session we’ll look at how create rule structures in the home that provide order and stability but are trauma informed. To purchase this episode in its entirety, go to heartbeatservices.org/resources.