WHY HOPE MANSION?
Hope Mansion exists to break the chain of hopelessness by providing women in crisis pregnancy a loving, structured residential environment, as well the necessary time, resources, and support for them and their babies, in order to become productive, well-balanced citizens.
Currently, the physical and psychological consequences of abortion, abandonment, abuse, loneliness, and poverty are growing in unprecedented measure. Without resources, education, life skills, knowledge of child rearing, or a spiritual foundation, women will likely return to old friends, former ways of life, and potentially more unplanned pregnancies.
Hope Mansion was purchased in January 2011. After 18 months of renovation, the mansion opened in September, 2012. With over 14,000 square feet of living space, Hope Mansion has the capacity to house up to 15 girls. According to Mayor Rob Franke, this has become a treasure in the city of Cedar Hill. The entire community seems to have gathered around the facility with generous donations from businesses, churches and friends. Hope Mansion presents an example of genuine Christian compassion influencing lives and a community.
As part of the program, participants receive various social services to help them on their paths to success. Hope Mansion offices are on the premises and House Parents are available to handle immediate needs. The ministry philosophy is holistic in nature. In order to break the chain of generational poverty and hopelessness, every level of the resident’s hierarchy of needs must be addressed. The strategy for addressing these needs includes the following programs and services:
Housing Services: Hope Mansion is a 14,000 square-foot, three-story mansion. Each client shares a room with 1 or 2 other residents, with private rooms for new mothers. Residents are allowed to stay up to 12 weeks or more after their baby is born, depending on their need, upon which assistance with future housing and furnishings are provided.
Emotional Help Training and Bible Studies: To further their progress in inner healing, “group” emotional help training and interdenominational Bible studies are provided by staff and community volunteers.
Employment and Job Preparation: Each client is prepared for employment by taking job readiness classes and utilizing various services for job searches and placement. Each client is assisted with building a professional resume, providing job search logs, and help with job leads as well as offering tutoring and encouragement on interview skills.
Financial Planning and Management: Hope Mansion offers family budgeting, financial planning and banking fundamentals courses. These classes are offered onsite each week by volunteers.
Education: Classes for GED and college credit will also be offered to each resident.
Personal Mentoring: Hope Mansion offers life management and parenting skills through personal relationships with trained mentors. Each client is matched with a volunteer mentor. The match is based on the client’s experience and needs as well as the mentor and client’s personalities. This mentor will assist the client during her stay at Hope Mansion and possibly after she graduates from the program. Mentors communicate at least once a week with their clients and help guide them through life’s difficulties and adjustments
Interim Executive Director
Charlotte Earhart has joined us as our Executive Director and is already in place providing important leadership. Charlotte brings strong business skills and a diverse calling of 43-years of service to our Lord through various ministries. These ministries include a Pregnancy Center in Kingwood, Texas and service to other pregnancy centers.
Mayor Rob Franke
Rob Franke is a peacemaker. His diverse background includes resolving complex issues through consensus, shared values and mutual success in high-energy situations. Rob’s experience in mediation, engineering, business, political environments, and charged situations provides clear focus to turn challenges to opportunity.Rob is serving his 7th term as Mayor of Cedar Hill. He has served 18 years as mayor plus three years service on the city council (two years as Mayor Pro Tem). He is the 2011 recipient of the William J. Pitstick Award – presented annually by the 16-county North Central Texas Council of Governments. Educated as a chemical engineer, Rob is also a certified mediator specializing in public policy, engineering, and municipal conflicts. Rob also serves on numerous regional boards, non-profit corporation boards, and ministries.
Shelia directs the business operations of Trinity Church, overseeing Financial operations, Facility construction, operation, and maintenance, Human Resource activities, Communications, Information Technology and Asset Protection. Shelia brings 24 years experience in the corporate arena to Trinity where she was responsible for managing multi-million dollar capital expenses, and budgeting as well as directing procedures and operations for Human Resources and Facilities. In 1995 she felt the call of God to transition to Trinity Church to serve as the Administrator. Shelia believes all of her previous business training and experience was merely preparation for being a part of God’s plan at Trinity Church.Shelia and Jim Hood have been married for many years, have four children and live in Duncanville with an ever changing menagerie of animals.
Jenaie Franke is a native of Cedar Hill. With deep roots and lifelong relationships, Jenaie has served the city from coaching youth sports to helping people with substance abuse. She served as President of the Cedar Hill Youth Basketball Association, served on the Cedar Hill Soccer Association Board, was a member of the all sports board, has taught Bible Class at the Cedar Hill Church of Christ for over 10 years and is involved with Overcomers helping families challenged with substance abuse. Professionally, Jenaie served as Environmental Protection Specialist and Team Leader at the Environmental Protection Agency in the Water Quality Protection Division. She organized Earth Day Celebrations and has forged many partnerships with the City of Dallas, Downtown Dallas Inc., Keep Dallas Beautiful, DART, AT&T and Wal-Mart to sponsor the successful Earth Day events held each year .Jenaie has received many awards during tenure at EPA and was the first person ever from EPA Region 6 to receive the distinguished Presidential Award.
She is the first lady of Trinity Church in Cedar Hill and is serving as Director of Women’s Ministry. Quarterly meetings called “Girlfriends” have grown from approximately 250 to over 600 in attendance in 18 months. “Women of Worth” Women’s Ministry clearly broadcasts a message of hope, crossing generations and cultures. Becky’s passion is to create a safe place for women to grow, for women to hear and learn about God’s fantastic will and plan for each individual woman. Her mission: Women of Worth would be a vehicle of transformation in our community, the marketplace and beyond as we embrace women from all walks of life. Living by a mandate of action to help women realize their value, purpose and destiny in God’s master plan.
Maranda Auzenne is currently the General Manager at Hillside Village. She is responsible for all areas of the 75 acre upscale Shopping Center including finance, marketing, guest services, leasing and operations. Having a special passion for young women and women in crisis situations, Maranda is committed to this cause. She is on the Board of Directors for Transformation Vision, which oversees the activities of Hope Mansion; Hope Mansion; Bridges Safe House; and other non-profits. Known as a strategist and organizational leader, Maranda also serves on several other business and education related boards and committees and professional organizations.Highlights of her community service include being named Cedar Hill’s Woman of the Year, receiving the Debra Award from Concord Church for church and community partnerships, receiving the Dallas Business Journal’s Minority Business Leader Award, and Leadership Southwest distinguished Leadership Award.Maranda holds a BS in Human Relations & Business is a proud member of Concord Church, has one adult son, Trey and is married to Jay Auzenne.
Sabrina R. Porter serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Juliette Fowler Communities. She is responsible for the strategic vision of Juliette Fowler Communities. In her thirty two year career in healthcare, Sabrina has served in numerous roles ranging from certified nurse aid to administrator; from executive director to vice president of resident and community relations. As a Stephen Minister leader, she has also served as spiritual life director.A graduate of Northwood University, Sabrina holds a bachelors of business administration. She is a member of The Women’s Foundation of Texas and serves on the board for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scouts of America, Leadership Southwest and Best Southwest Chamber. She is a founding board member of Transformation Vision Cedar Hill and Hope Mansion, a girls in crisis pregnancy home.Sabrina is married to Joel and they have three children, Rachel, Mason, and Caleb. Their family worships at Cedar Hill Church of Christ, where Joel serves as an elder.