Following God’s Lead – 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.


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, Housing Specialist at Heartbeat International, 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 or visit

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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.

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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?

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Read Valerie’s latest article, “Making Room for Christ at Christmas” HERE

Eligibility Criteria for Residents in the Home

Foundation House Ministries has served over 600 women through their residential and non-residential programs. Join Suzanne Burns and Lisa Holmes from Foundation House as they share how they decide what a potential resident’s need level is, and what their ability is as a ministry to meet that need.

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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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