Tubman House, a south Sacramento transitional living program for homeless pregnant youths and young parents, is stepping up its campaign to match a $25,000 grant from the Sierra Health Foundation, backers said.
The matching grant offer will vanish Dec. 31 if, by that date, Tubman House has not managed to raise $25,000 from supporters dollar-for-dollar.
For a decade, the program has served 100 homeless youths in an 18-month instructional program, teaching them life skills, health, wellness and mainly how to parent their young children so they are confident, healthy and ready for learning.
About 73 percent of the parents end up attending college while living at Tubman House as well as acting as youth leaders in community service.
Tubman House faces an uncertain future due to an abrupt cutoff of federal funds. The program's organizers had reduced their dependence on the federal grants from 100 percent to 60 percent and now must build up a community support funding base.
Anyone willing to help can go to the website www.wakingthevillage.org and click to donate online, become a sustaining member with small monthly donations or send assistance through PayPal. Checks may be made out to Waking the Village the Tubman House's parent nonprofit organization at P.O. Box 160085, Sacramento, CA, 95816.
Executive Director Bridget Alexander said the group has been working hard at diversifying its funding streams to decrease dependence on government funding.