We are currently working with Life Services of Spokane who bring their teens from their maternity home to our home every other Thursday for a cooking class. We will soon be offering a second class on Sundays for girls who can't come to the Thursday class and want the knowledge and interaction that takes place. Besides basic cooking skills, they learn how to best use ingredients and a food that they can often get on WIC. They also learn healthier ways of cooking using sugar substitutes, organic products, and gluten free alternatives. They usually make something that they are able to bring with them like a pie or casserole.
In the future, we hope to start a much more comprehensive program with classes in cooking skills, domestic skills, sewing skills, parenting skills, and job skills. This program will consist of a six month series of classes that the soon to be moms will take and earn credit for a hope chest that will help them get started when they live on their own. Spiritual development classes will also be offered to help them sort through some of the heart issues they may be dealing with.
We also plan to have a functioning bakery that provides baked goods to the community, with some of the girls in the program working in the bakery to gain job experience necessary for gaining employment elsewhere. The profits from the sale of these goods will go back into the outreach and help obtain the items for the hope chests.
We hope to do all this within a home that will house our family (we have 5 children of our own) as well as up to two pregnant teen foster girls at a time.
We realize this is a big vision, and we certainly can't do it on our own. We believe God has set us on this path, and in His timing will provide the means necessary to make this happen (even if there are a few tweaks along the way).