Hope College

  • Peer support
    • Students Cherishing Life at Hope: This group of students will provide friendship, support, and help as you walk through life as a pregnant and parenting student. They are eager to do things like drive you to appointments, throw you a baby shower, and connect you with helpful resources both on and off campus.
    • Embrace Grace: Support group for young single moms experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. You can also find this group on Facebook
  • Pregnancy Options
    • Option Line: Free confidential help via text, online chat, or phone
    • Positive Options: Free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, confidential counseling, abortion information, parenting support, community resources, and more in Holland.  
    • Bethany Christian Services: Wondering what your options are? This organization will walk you through your options, give you free counseling and offers many resources including financial assistance.
    • Abortion Pill Reversal: If you change your mind after a medical abortion, you can receive help.
       
  • Housing
    • Hope College Housing: To explore housing options for pregnant and parenting students, schedule a meeting Hope College’s Associate Dean of Students, Dr. John Jobson. Hope College is committed to helping you find affordable housing that accommodates your needs. A meeting with their staff is the best way to start exploring house options.
    • U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development: Find rental assistance programs for low-income families.
    • Home Ownership Services: If you need help paying for energy and weatherization costs, you may be able to get help from state programs that uses federal money to assist low-income families with energy costs.
    • Co-Abode: Co-Abode connects single mothers with similar interests to share a home, allowing their families to live in safer areas and diminish the financial burden of rent.
    • United Way: A list of resources for housing assistance in Ottawa County depending on your need. 
  • Child Care
    • Child Care Assistance: Resources to find quality child care and payment assistance if you cannot afford child care.
    • Head Start of Ottawa County: Provides free learning and development services to children ages birth to 5 from low-income families. Some also provide prenatal services.
    • YMCA: They provide infant, toddler, and preschool care with an engaging curriculum to reach developmental milestones.
       
  • Post-Abortive Care & Support
    • Garden of Hope: Free & confidential counseling for those struggling with a past abortion.
    • Project Rachel: Find hope and healing through confidential phone lines, individual counseling, support groups, and retreats.
    • Positive Options: Do you need help after an abortion? Positive Options provides abortion recovery help and support at no cost to you. 
  • Financing Your Education
    • Hope College: Contact Sara Dorer if you need assistance with financial aid. She will guide you through the process and help you fill out the appropriate paperwork.
    • Michigan Student Aid: Numerous programs that are available to provide financial assistance for postsecondary education depending on eligibility.
    • Michigan Tuition Grant: This program is available for undergraduate students in financial need for their postsecondary tuition.
    • Federal Student Aid: If you are a pregnant or parenting student, update your FAFSA information in order to receive more financial aid.
    • Federal Pell Grant: This is a federal grant available for students that demonstrate financial need. Your FAFSA application will be reviewed to see if you qualify.
    • Scholarships4Moms:  This organization has awarded over one million dollars in scholarships to mothers seeking higher education. You can easily apply for scholarship funds on their website.
    • P.E.O. Sisterhood: Looking for grants, scholarships, or loans? P.E.O. Sisterhood has the resources you are looking for and have helped countless women achieve their educational goals.
    • Paty Takemoto Mink Foundation: This organization provides funding to low income mothers who are pursuing education beyond high school. The foundation will provide grants of up to $5,000 each.
       
  • Healthcare
  • Student Rights
    • Alliance Defending Freedom: ADF provides free legal support to help you understand your rights as a student.
    • Title IX Benefits at Hope College: Contact this office if you believe your rights as a pregnant or parenting student have been violated.
    • Title IX Benefits: Learn about your rights as a pregnant or parenting student in regards to class attendance, homework, activities, and more.
    • Pregnant Scholar: Learn about your rights as a pregnant or parenting student. This resource covers accommodations, leaves & absences, breastfeeding, and working on campus.
       
  • Material Assistance
    • Positive Options: Receive material assistance for you and your child as well as referrals for other services in the community.
    • Food Assistance Program: Temporary food assistance for eligible low-income families and individuals
    • WIC: This program provides food assistance, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and health care referrals for pregnant and parenting women & their children
    • Cash Assistance: Temporary cash assistance is available for pregnant women and low-income families with children
    • MIBridges: Create an account here to see what other assistance you are eligible for in Michigan. There are multiple assistance programs available for pregnant and parenting women.
    • Child Support: Set up a child support case so that you can receive assistance from the father of your child.
    • Food Assistance: Use this website to find more information about food assistance in Kent County.
  • Additional Resources
    • Chia and Friends: This organization provides community, offers academic, financial & spiritual mentoring, assists mothers to finish higher education, and more. Contact them if you need help with childcare, housing, etc. 
    • Single Moms: This website is full of resources for single mothers on housing, parenting, education, relationships and more.
    • Abortion Pill Reversal: If you change your mind after a medical abortion, you can receive help.
    • Help Me Grow: This website connects families to local resources to help children grow up healthy.
    • Hope College: Contact Sara Dorer as your guide for pregnancy & parenting resources at Hope College. She will help you find any assistance that you need whether it’s housing, financial aid, disability, class schedule, accommodations, etc.
    • Pregnancy & Parenting Classes: Holland Hospital offers different classes to prepare parents for childbirth, parenting, and more.
    • Adoption Associates: This organization will help you learn more about adoption as you consider your choices. Should you choose to make an adoption plan, they will stand by your side with support and counseling services. Adoption Associates wants you to feel empowered throughout the adoption process. Financial assistance may be available.