Freeing single mothers from cycles of crisis through Christ-centered community
Empowering single mothers 🡲 transforming generations
Acceptance in the home is based upon a thorough Application and Interview process. We want to ensure that we are the best fit for each mother and her children. We will be a grace-filled home dedicated to strengthening families by offering an intentional time of growth. We will want to know that each mother is highly motivated to use her time at The Hagar House wisely and with a clear purpose.
Once we establish a mutual agreement of residency we will welcome the family into The Hagar House home. Our program will consist of 3 phases:
Assess individual needs and establish clear goals with a case advocate.
Actively working toward measurable goals, with regular meetings with case advocate.
Complete goals and plan for moving into their own home. Celebrate their journey!
Length of Stay
Approximately 6 to 18 months, because lasting change takes time. We will assess individual needs and set them up to truly grow into healthy and self-sufficient families long-term.
Values: We offer grace-based support as we encourage families in the Truth as defined by God. We connect them to Gospel-based churches and offer Bible studies to nurture and heal them from the inside out.
Finances: We work through a debt assessment program as well as healthy money management. We teach skill enhancement courses for resumé building, budgeting, interviews, and financial goals.
Parenting: We use a strengths-based approach that focuses strong mothers who model a healthy example for their children to follow. We offer parenting classes on a variety of essential topics like physical heath, education, technology use, and discipline.
Health & Well-being: We present extensive resources intended to holistically assist with physical, emotional, and mental health. This includes on-site classes like nutrition & exercise, healthy personal boundaries in relationships, acceptance and forgiveness. We also arrange for off-site support such as licensed counseling and medical care.
The Hagar House is crucial to the health of our community for many reasons. The following statistics
only begin to encompass the disheartening reality of social determinates like that of homelessness
and single-mother homes.
In the 2020-2021 school year, the Wausau School District identified 134 students they deemed were from homeless families.
Marathon County ranks 2nd in the state for highest percentage of single moms on public assistance according to American Community Survey 2020.
The countyoffice.org lists children below the poverty line in female parent/guardian home at 29.1% in Marathon County. Totaling an estimated 4,300 single mothers.
According to the U.S Department of Justice, 7 out of every 10 youth that are housed in state-operated correctional facilities come from a fatherless home. 75% of adolescent patients being treated in substance abuse centers come from a fatherless home.
The PEW Research Center states these children are 2 times as likely to drop out from school and 2.5 times as likely to become teen mothers. They have lower grade point averages, lower college aspirations, and poorer attendance records.
The Justice Policy Institute published an article in July of 2020 stating, “the average state cost for the secure confinement of a young person is now $588 per day, or $214,620 per year, a 44 percent increase from 2014. Where community-based programs provide individualized and wraparound services based on the unique needs of each youth and can cost as little as $75 per day. Such programs engage the family, connect the youth to supportive neighborhood resources, and consistently produce better outcomes than confinement.”
It is possible to mitigate these statistics and cost through intervention. These are just a few examples of why our community needs long-term support services like those of the Hagar House.