The goal of the Victoria House of Palms is to be a loving, nurturing, innovative, best-practices faith community that promotes life, breaks the cycle of teen pregnancy, and encourages godly vision in the “NEXTGEN” and “GEN AFTER NEXT.”
The future Victoria House of Palms, will be a 24/7 residential program that instills faith-based confidence and vision for expectant teen mothers. Our program provides the academic and life skills training, encouragement, and physical support they need to move them from instability to stability and as they take their next step in life.
WHO WE SERVE
We designed our program to accommodate up to 7 high school juniors or seniors from Victoria Independent School District and surrounding counties who can commit to a faith-based program of self-improvement, self-sustainment, and the protection of the most vulnerable in our society–their babies. We will select our young mothers by how well they exemplify honesty, respect, and a willing heart.
WHY WE SERVE
On average, 50 teenage students within our school districts become pregnant every year. Many of these girls face circumstances that cause their focus to be on survival, so education is NOT their primary concern. Of these, approximately 25 will become homeless. Those who want to support their babies often quit school and go to work at a minimum wage job. Statistics show 62% will NOT complete their high school education.
According to experts who work with these teen moms, the most important thing we can do to improve their chance of success is to provide a “normal” household. Our property in Victoria, TX will be the physical location for the House of Palms-Victoria. There we will provide a “normal” environment for these young mothers so they can complete their work for a high-school diploma. We are prepared to continue our assistance provided these young women are accepted into, and maintain full-time status in Victoria College, the University of Houston-Victoria, or any one of several internship programs with local area partner.
WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
- You can make a one-time gift, or an ongoing monthly donation. Please designate your online gift to Victoria House of Palms or make checks payable to:
Life at Its Best Foundation
- Volunteer with us! There are lots of ways to help at the Victoria House of Palms. Check out a list of upcoming events and ways you can get involved here.
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS
Contact Col. Mike Petrash at 361-573-2484 ext. 12.