The Auen Foundation

Matching Grant helps Mama’s House Purchase 15-Passenger Van

A recent $25,000 match­ing grant from the Auen Foun­da­tion made the pur­chase of a 15-pas­sen­ger van for Mama’s House pos­si­ble. The van trans­ports the 10 res­i­dent moms and their babies to appoint­ments, school, and oth­er out­ings.

We were unable to car­ry all the moms and babies togeth­er in our small six-pas­sen­ger van, rely­ing on our vol­un­teers to help out with their own cars or vans,” said Jan Lupia, Mama’s House founder and CEO.

Dur­ing a recent site vis­it by Sher­rie Auen and Catharine Reed, Sher­rie men­tioned, “If you can find $25,000, we’ll offer a match­ing grant to pur­chase a van.”

Lupia sent out an email request to her vol­un­teers and board, and with­in an hour she said major donor Anne Thomp­son-Sil­ver­stein respond­ed with the match­ing funds.

With the help of Paul Thiel, Max Tal­lon and Tyler Van­do­ra of Palm Springs Motors, Mama’s House found a “very good price” on a near­ly-new, low-mileage Ford XLT 15 pas­sen­ger van.

With this big van we do not need to have as many on-call vol­un­teer dri­vers,” said Lupia. “There is now enough room for all our res­i­dents, their babies in car seats, plus strollers and dia­per bags. Many times moms are going to the same place at the same time, so being able to trans­port every­one at once saves gas, and our pre­cious vol­un­teers’ time for oth­er needs.”

Mama’s House offers a safe, sup­port­ive, lov­ing res­i­den­tial envi­ron­ment for women who are fac­ing an unplanned preg­nan­cy, vul­ner­a­ble with no place to live or means of sup­port. Mama’s House expand­ed edu­ca­tion­al and coun­sel­ing ser­vices with the open­ing of the Hope Cen­ter in June, 2017 at 44875 Deep Canyon, Suite 2. Hope Cen­ter is a suite of offices, meet­ing and class­room space where a full spec­trum of edu­ca­tion and coun­sel­ing pro­grams are now avail­able to res­i­dent moms.

Mama’s House is oper­at­ed by Heart­beat at 22, a 501©3 non­prof­it faith-based orga­ni­za­tion found­ed by Jan Lupia, exec­u­tive direc­tor. For more infor­ma­tion, call (844) 232‑8622 or vis­it www.themamashouse.org.