KUSA - Tiffany Lee was 17 when she learned the news that would change her life.
"I was about three months pregnant when I found out," she said. "I was terrified."
Just five months ago, she gave birth to her second child, Dovanta. Now in her 20s and a mother of two, Lee said she needed help. She needed hope.
"Being a young mom it is frustrating and it is scary...terrifying especially not knowing if you're going to keep the baby or not or be good enough of a mom to keep the baby," she said.
That’s where Shannon’s Hope comes in. It’s a maternity house for young mothers founded by Leslie Pottebaum.
"We give hope to people that are in a difficulty pregnancy, just finding out their pregnant and not knowing what to do," Pottebaum said.
It's been around for nearly 40 years, helping hundreds of women decide what's best for their future.
"When you're involved in a difficult pregnancy, one that you didn't even know you were pregnant and you don't have anyone to turn to, you can turn to us," Pottebaum said. "We will be your second family and many times we're the first family."
The program also offers young women options besides raising the child, like adoption.
You don't even have to live in the house to get their services. They have a 24-hour hotline that you can reach by calling (303) 480-LIFE (5433). The conversation is private -- it's between you and the counselor.
“We will help them through," Pottebaum said. "We will hold them, we will pray with them...we will love them. Even though we don't know them. We will help them through."
It’s a message Tiffany wants other teen moms to hear.
"Just look for help before anything," Lee said. "Before you make any decisions, just look for that help."
Shannon's Hope is looking to expand. If you have any donations or available housing, please click here or contact Leslie Pottebaum at firstname.lastname@example.org
Another resource is the Alternatives Pregnancy Center, a safe place for teens, women and men to receive free and confidential services regarding a pregnancy-related crisis.
You can find information at: www.YouhaveAlternatives.com
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