Harvest Home transforms the lives of homeless pregnant women and their children by providing housing, support, and programs that equip women to become great mothers.
In 1984, a young woman passionate about life met a young mother that shared her struggle of being pregnant without stable shelter. The mother said if she had support such as housing she believed she could be a great mom. Right then, the young woman extended an offer to the mother to move in with her – and she accepted! One healthy mama and baby later, they moved onward and upward as a new family and the young woman continued to open her home to other mothers wanting a chance at life for their baby, whether through choosing to parent herself or choosing a parent through adoption. Eventually, the work expanded – moving into to a permanent property in West Los Angeles, where today’s Harvest Home was born in 1985 and continues to thrive today!
The home was built in the early 1900’s as a boarding house near the beach for women to take respite from working in the factories in downtown Los Angeles while working men were off fighting in the war. Later, the residence older adult women needing support and care. In the early 1980’s it became Harvest Home, providing safe, secure, and supportive shelter for pregnant women.
Today, the home provides 8 individual bedrooms, two bachelor units for live-in, house managers, three offices, two additional work desks, two sun porches, large living room, dining room, and kitchen, one full bath, additional two shower stalls and two toilet stalls, a double sink vanity, and a large lawn.
Harvest Home is fully funded through private donations and foundation grants. We intentionally do not receive funding from the Government as a way to ensure our programming is not influenced by government trends but rather by the needs of the population served and those helping to guide and steer this organization’s mission.
Our Partners and Volunteers
Harvest Home is blessed to have many partnerships with individuals, small groups, community organizations, businesses, and even Alumnae! Our partners each play their own roles in supporting us as a whole. Some provide one-on-one mentoring, others offer classes, some help us fundraise, while others help us with home maintenance issues, and others host events. They are all integral parts of our organization and offer their time, talents, services for free – out of the kindness and generosity of their hearts and/or passion for mamas and babies. Some of our partners include: churches and small groups, girl/boy scout troops, neighbors, paraprofessionals, agencies such as Partnership for Families, Chrysalis, St. John’s Child Development Center, Joy in Birthing Foundation, and more.
Harvest Home is governed by a Board of Directors, comprised of passionate, educated, experienced, and dedicated individuals that assist with fundraising and strategic planning for the organization. Harvest Home has been grateful to have board members which serve over many years and maintain their dedication to us even beyond their time on the Board. Our Board strives to uphold the values of; Relationship, Professionalism, Commitment, Vision, Confidence, and Character. The Board is comprised of a Chairman, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer, among other various roles.
Harvest Home aims to employ staff that are competent, capable, and a good fit within our culture. This means our staff not only have the education but also the experience, passion, and character to carry out their individual roles but also work in unity as a team. Our staff strive to uphold the values of; Integrity, Celebration, Growth, Relationship, Vision and Hope. The staff is comprised of an Executive Director, Director of Programs and Operations, a Case Manager, two House Managers (one full-time, one part-time), an Alumnae Program Coordinator, and an Emotional Well-Being Program Coordinator.
The Mamas: Harvest Home residents vary in age, ethnicity, life stage and experience. They are women no younger than age 18 through their 40’s, newly pregnant at 10 weeks to 32 weeks along. First time mothers to those actively parenting other children outside the home. Some with no education to others with college degrees; some with no work experience to former executive assistants. Some residents are actively pursuing sobriety or freedom from abuse, and healing from trauma or managing their mental health; others are deciding between various parenting options including adoption (closed, open, kinship). ALL are making brave choices to provide a safe, stable environment for themselves and their baby.
The Babies: Our smallest residents have ranged from preemies to twins and graduate from Harvest Home between 1 month to 6 months old.