Hannah House Mission: Housing young women 15-29 who are experiencing crisis situations in their lives, through a structured home environment to overcome past behaviors and issues allowing them to become productive citizens in our city, state, and nation.
Hannah House is a residential facility for young women who find themselves pregnant or have other life controlling issues. The house provides a structured program for each girl, including training in the practical aspects of living, counseling and spiritual help, as well as education and career guidance. We house our residents free of charge during their pregnancy or time of crisis and are a positive influence in their life when they need it most.
Hannah House opened September 8, 1997 after many years of planning and preparation. We are recognized by the IRS as a 501 (c)(3). While riding the storm out of 9-11 funding cuts, we merged with another non-profit organization, Tree of Life Preventive Health Maintenance, Inc. In doing this we have strengthened our financial base and added programs to our already strong residential program. By merging we have added abstinence education, drug and tobacco education and prevention programs that train our residents in a proactive approach rather than a reactive approach.
We are funded by donations from individuals, corporations, churches, civic groups and foundations in our community.
Our purpose is to offer these young women a place of refuge in a warm home-like atmosphere where we can help them work on the issues in their lives that brought them to Hannah House. We want to help them heal and become productive caring individuals and those who were pregnant will be able to care for their babies, or to help them in making a decision to place their baby for adoption.
This is a quote from one of our former residents, Brittiany: " Little did I know that coming to Hannah House would change my life completely. Their program filled with devotions, bible classes, life skills, career readiness, and step work has changed my life! Through their program I began to see the patterns of my life that were not good, and I was equipped with the tools on how to change those patterns. Hannah House has enabled me to parent my baby and raise him with the knowledge and wisdom of God.
The average stay for a young woman at Hannah House is six months to one year. During this time each resident experiences one-on-one counseling, life skills training, educational courses, budgeting and finance training, and preparation for the work force through job training, interview and resume instruction. In addition, residents who are pregnant have adoption counseling, parenting, and childbirth classes. Hannah House collaborates with many staffing agencies in Fort Smith, one of which trains the young women to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) free of charge. Hannah House also collaborates with the Adult Education Center where young women may obtain their G.E.D. if needed. After one year if the young women need additional help they may enter the transitional program, with housing located across the street from Hannah House. In this program they may stay up to two years. While in transitional housing they are required to pay $150 a month rent, their utilities, groceries and other personal expenses. They are required to save at least 10% of their income. With the intense training and structure, the young women become productive, caring individuals who have the opportunity to succeed in life.
Board of Trustees
Don Shaver, Chairman
Charles "Chuck" Caulfield, Vice Chairman
Debbi Koivisto, Secretary/Treasurer
Gary Russell, Trustee
Cindy Crawford, CEO
Board Members for Hannah House
Pamela Laffoon, President
Mike Beck, Vice President
Shanna Goodson, Secretary
Stephanie McClain, Treasurer
Cindy Crawford, CEO
Debbi Kovisto, Counselor
Jennifer Becker, Resident Director
Kelly Proffitt, Sr. Resident, Receptionist
Jennifer (Jenna) Mendenhall