Seton House helps young mothers succeed

Program provides housing, school assistance


Nearly 2,500 young women have called Seton House their home since it opened 32 years ago.
"We took in only pregnant young women and the could only stay maybe two months after they gave birth. And then they left, and you know, they were still homeless when they left," said Seton Home CEO Margaret Bamford.

That was then... this is now.

Among the manicured lawns and neat apartments, young mothers who previously also wouldn't have finished their high school requirements are doing so in record numbers.

Instead of four or five degrees a year, these women will hit 16 this year alone.

"Diapers are expensive. Child care is expensive," says Bamford. "So it's really important that they have a good foundation."

Through tutoring and summer school, students learn things like algebra, and how to pass the TAKS test, and then they get to graduate."

Graduate like 18 year old Lakendria did, even though she had a new baby to care for. She says her life is on track now.

"I was really moving slow, but when I got pregnant I felt like now I've got to get things really cracking," she said. "My son is my priority and that's what I need to live my life for."

She's studying for a degree and even got help finding a job in her chosen career of engineering. It's quite a different future than statistics would perhaps suggest.

"I don't like the statistics because every person is different," she said. "I mean, nobody wants to be a statistic. "

Except she adds, a good statistic. A working high school grad... and a good mother.