Category Archives: Housing

Dealing with Addiction: The Early Stages of Recovery



In this podcast, Andrea McAdam shares the policies and approach of The LIGHT House in working with young women in the early stages of recovery. Listen to her thoughts on how addiction factors into serving their community well especially related to intakes, dirty drug tests, and organizational relationships.


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Encouraging Through the Tough Conversations



This encouraging podcast reminds us to reach to the heart of the resident, especially in the midst of challenging conversations. Listen in on the wisdom of Rhonda Weddle as she shares insights on separating oneself from the anger and frustration of the client so that you can listen to the cry of her heart.

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Tackling the topic of Trauma Informed Care



Heartbeat International Housing Specialist Mary Peterson interviews Peggy Forrest with Our Lady’s Inn discusses the research and training involved in implementing trauma informed care within their pregnancy help organization.

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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 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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