Viola’s House is a maternity home that exists to provide maternity housing and support services to teen mothers who chose life for their unborn child. Homeless teen mothers can live in their facility for up to a year. They also provide individual counseling services, group counseling, job placement, support with completion of High School diploma, rapid childcare access, parenting classes and material assistance for all of the child’s needs. These services are currently given to the teen mothers in DISD twice a month on site at Lincoln High School and Skyline High School. Viola’s House has a staff/resident ratio of 1:1. Their staff is hands on with all of the residents and the residents receive constant guidance with parenting, cooking, and life skills.
Thana Simmons was led to found Viola’s House through her own experiences. She experienced pregnancy at the age of 17. She had a huge village of support which allowed her to raise her children while finishing her degree and gaining a career. She wanted to provide that same village of support to teen mothers in the South Dallas community. She progressively learned that housing was a major need for this demographic, so she opened a residential program as well to provide housing services to teen mothers who are at risk for homelessness. Viola’s House was a vision in Simmon’s heart since she was a young mother. She began by mentoring teen mothers in Irving ISD and Plano ISD. She mentored teen mothers in schools for years while volunteering at Interfaith Housing Coalition. In 2015, Viola’s House opened with two-bedroom apartment and they quickly grew to three apartments. Since then, they have grown into a renovated facility and plan to start renovating an overflow facility that was given to them in 2022 for mothers who have older walking babies.
An immediate, and constant, need for Viola’s House is diapers. They distribute over 20,000 diapers a month and hope to increase this distribution effort. Additionally, they need gently used baby clothing and volunteers for their High School days.
Viola’s House biggest accomplishment is the over 250 homeless teen mothers they have provided housing, hope and love to. Right now, Viola House is in the process of opening a Baby Benefit Store. The store will consist of gently used baby clothing and baby accessories. The items will be offered at a low cost, but they will also give a $20 voucher to mothers who come into the store and complete a parenting class on site.
Their goal is for each individual mother to have a village of support while completing her personal individual goals and for each mother to thrive in motherhood and in the community.
Viola’s House believe that love rests, rules and abides in their home.