Our founder, Irene Ellis, was a young, single mother. She did not have any of the services available for new mothers as we do today. Miss Ellis had to rely on her personal drive and network of family and friends. As she witnessed the beauty and difficulty of raising a son on her own, she also faced more personal trials and tribulations. Miss Ellis was diagnosed with cancer three times during her lifetime. And now, she is proud to say, she is a “THREE TIME CANCER SURVIVOR”.
With the knowledge she obtained through her own personal experiences and struggles, Miss Ellis developed a desire to work with pregnant teenagers in need of guidance and support during such a critical time in their lives. She dreamed that one day she would be able to provide a safe environment of support and encouragement for these young mothers. From this dream, The House of El-Elyon was conceived.
El-Elyon is a biblical term that means “Most High” over every challenge you face. Let’s face it, childbirth and children are a challenge and a blessing all at once.
The dream became a reality when the organization received the keys to their house in 2015. After applying for numerous grants, Wells Fargo responded by donating the house. These past few years have been spent remodeling and bringing the house to code as well as getting all the details in order so the House of El-Elyon can accept its first group of girls.
These displaced young teenage mothers-to-be can come from all walks of life. They will all have at least two things in common with each other. They have no one to help support them and nowhere to go. This is why The House of El-Elyon is so important. This non-profit house will be dedicated to helping with prenatal and postpartum support. These teenage mothers will be taught how to nurture their infants from a holistic approach, while also providing them a home to begin raising their children. This 24/7 residential care facility will be a safe and supportive atmosphere. It will also give an opportunity for these mothers to finish their education.
This is where we need your help. Just imagine: diapers, laundry, bottle washing, breast milk pumps, groceries, basic utilities, adult supervision, educational courses, to name a few needs in order to keep up with the young mothers and infants. The House of El-Elyon is a gateway to hope. It is at the precipice of opening its doors. To keep up with the expenses, support from giving donors can keep this dream alive.
Currently, The House of El-Elyon can support up to five mothers. This crowdfunding page is meant to give an ounce of what this 501(c)(3) organization has been able to do. Please visit our website for more information at https://www.thehouseofelelyon.org.
Crowdsourcing can work. That is a given. Why $250,000.00? Arizona ranks 15th in the nation for teenage pregnancy. The need for services provided by the House of El-Elyon are dire. This house is limited to five girls. Opening a second home will allow a greater number to be served. Currently, the alternative public service available for displaced pregnant teens is the foster care system. The House of El-Elyon is dedicated to nurturing these teenage mothers who will find solace in the fact they are not alone.
Below is an abreviated list of some basic neccessities, however, this is the tip of the iceberg. There will always be unexpected expenses. Other expenses include but are not limited to the trained staff, house maintenance, etc. The need to create a organization that does not live on a month to month basis is a long term goal.
What will your money do?
Enough diapers for one newborn for 2-3 days
Extra Bottle nipples
Purchase an educational toy for infant development
Transportation (ex. Doctor’s office, school)
Cleaning supplies (ex. washcloths, glass cleaner)
Baby mattress cover
Set of Baby bibs
Children’s Picture Book
Breast milk storage bags
A set of feeding bottles & nipples
School supplies for mothers
Water Utilities for a week
Case of bulk diapers
Baby clothes for a month (in addition to donated upcycled clothing)
Pair of Maternity clothes
Weekly grocery for one week for an expected mother
Basic breast pump machine
Safety devices for the home
Biannual filters for the home
Post partum care bags (liners, maternity pads, witch hazel, Peri-bottle, recovery underwear, sitz bath soak, donut pillow, plus more)
Water utility bill for 1 month
One Daily Staff Member
Brand New Crib
One month of utilities during the off season in Arizona
Liability insurance for half the year Parenting courses
One month of utilities during the high season in Arizona
PRICES will vary. Actual costs fluctuate based on availability and usage.