In the United States, only forty percent of teen mothers finish high school. Even worse, less than two percent of girls who become pregnant before age eighteen will obtain a college degree before the age of 30. The statistics are disheartening.
However, there is hope in the Northern Virginia community.
For the past 25 years, Borromeo Housing, Inc., an education-first, transitional housing community, has been working to help Arlington's teen mom's beat the odds. Borromeo Housing provides a stable environment and a supportive community for the mothers and children while helping the resident mothers finish their education, learn life skills and reach their potential.
When we heard about this amazing mission and work, we knew we had to get involved.
This year, Rebuilding Together Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church has teamed up with the Arlington Teen Network Board for the "Raise the Roof" project. The project will provide the Borromeo Housing Inc. group house with much needed repairs and modifications, in addition to providing additional resources for the mothers.
On Saturday, April 27th, 2013, National Rebuilding Day, a team of skilled and novice Rebuilding Together volunteers will provide critical repairs to the house including ripping up old carpet to make the home healthier for the children and moms, replacing a countertop in the kitchen and repairing a badly damaged walkway in the backyard.
Throughout the months of April and May, the Arlington Teen Network Board will conduct a book drive to collect young adult books and college-prep books for the mothers.
On May 18th, 2013, the Teen Network Board, local AmeriCorps members and several other community members will give the house a "facelift" by painting the interior of the home, designing and assembling new furniture in the study room, painting a mural in the kids' playroom and cleaning the backyard for the coming spring and summer season.
Now, we need your help!
In order to complete Phase 2 on May 18th, 2013, we need to raise money for the material cost for the project!
Your tax-deductible donation will help pay for paint, new desks, cleaning supplies and other essential materials needed.
More importantly, your donation will be an investment in the success stories of Borromeo Housing, Inc. residents like Carla - an honor student, student class president and mother. Carla will graduate this spring and go on to community college, making her the first high school graduate in her family. Our work done in the Borromeo Housing, Inc. study room will help her focus and succeed in a quiet environment.
With support from friends like you, the Arlington Teen Network Board and Rebuilding Together Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church can make this project a reality. Whether young or old, near or far, you are all a part of our community. And we can’t do it without you. Help us write this great chapter together.
Other Ways You Can Help
We welcome your contribution, no matter its form.
If you’re unable to contribute financially, you can help by spreading the word about Raise the Roof to as many friends and family as possible.
- Copy and paste this content into an email and send it to your email list
- Share our campaign link on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ www.igg.me/at/ARLraisetheroof
- Donate a great book to our Raise the Roof book drive
Let's raise the roof!
Rebuilding Together Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church (RT-AFF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides critical home repairs to the homes of low-income homeowners and community centers. Rebuilding Together Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church is one of over 200 affiliates of Rebuilding Together, Inc.
The Arlington Teen Network Board is a project of the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families. Teenagers appointed by the Arlington County School Board and Arlington County Board strive to strengthen the teen voice in the community and make a positive difference in Arlington, Virginia.