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Casa De Vida Helps Young Pregnant and Parenting Women

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LIFE is what Casa De Vida is all about, literally. Translated from Spanish, the name means House of Life. So, supporting young women through a crisis pregnancy is top priority for the little house that sit across the street from Renown Medical Center in Reno.

On this early morning we sat down with one new mom and two expectant moms.

Jasmine, a 21-year-old, arrived just two weeks ago, "I was on the street, but I was living in a tent with my fiancé", she tells us.

Connie-Lynn, a 19-year-old, is holding her two-week-old son Dax,  "During the pregnancy, I was overwhelmed because of some issues that were going on."

From homelessness to mental health and substance abuse issues, the young women, ages 12 to 25, who live at Casa De Vida are given the tools to overcome big challenges.

"How am I gonna be able to raise him in a steady environment or how am I gonna be able to afford everything I need to afford?" says Connie-Lynn about the questions that were keeping her up at night when she found out she was pregnant.

Executive Director of Casa De Vida, Shawn Vogel explains, "We provide classes to educate them on parenting, child development, preparing for their pregnancy and their birth."  Casa De Vida’s goal is to provide everything a young mom needs to become a positive parent.

It's all done family style, in a traditional home setting, including meals together with time to bond. The four bedroom house has room for four girls plus a house mom.

For 18-year-old Delisia, being at Casa De Vida keeps her off the street, helped her graduate high school and make new friends. "It's okay to be a young mother,” says Delisia, “you don't have to get bashed on about it."

Jasmine is about half way through her pregnancy and is already planning for the future, "Just trying to find a place and everything and get myself a job."

Connie-Lynn and Dax are getting to know each other before she returns to work. "Being with him it's gonna be hard going back to work", says Connie-Lynn, but she’s relieved to have a good job to be able to support the two of them.

The classes, room and board, and even pricey supplies for the babies, are at no cost to the young moms.  Casa De Vida has been doing it for more than 30 years, but they rely on donations to make it happen. Their big fundraiser is coming up on October 20th.

To purchase tickets please visit http://casadevida.eventbrite.com or RSVP to Shawn Vogel at 775-329-1070 or shawn@casadevidareno.org.

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