Our Mother’s Home (OMH) has a great deal to celebrate at the start of 2022, as the organization unveiled a new logo and mission to the public and kicked off its capital campaign to fund a larger home and expanded services for the young mothers and babies they serve. The rebranding event took place on Wednesday, January 12, at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, in Fort Myers, with more than 125 supporters in attendance. This rebrand is the first since the organization’s inception 22 years ago.
Executive Director Alicia Miller along with the board of directors announced their rebrand to coincide with a $1.75 million capital campaign to fund a larger facility that will include more transitional living space for young mothers and their children.
OMH is a privatized 501(c)3 organization and raises 60% of its own funding. OMH provides a safe and nurturing environment for young moms, ages 11-21. Its new mission is to empower young mothers in the foster care and human trafficking systems to break the generational cycle for themselves and their children.
Prior to the launch of OMH in 2000, teenage mothers in foster care were often separated from their child at birth. This unique home is the only one of its kind in Southwest Florida. The new logo, designed by photojournalist Kinfay Moroti of Hopeful Images, better expresses where the agency is headed and symbolizes the unbreakable bond between mother and child. The updated mission statement now includes human trafficking, which has become extremely prevalent in the community and has proven to be nearly 50% of the home’s population over the last three years.
“The first question I am always asked is ‘what happens when the teen moms turn 18?’ Unfortunately, until now, we haven’t been able to answer that question,” said Executive Director, Alicia Miller. “Our home provides everything they need until mom ages out of the foster care system. However, we simply do not have enough space for them to stay here after that, even though we know that they aren’t always ready to be on their own the day they turn 18. We want to change that. In order to guarantee that the young women become successful, it’s our duty to ensure that they still have the services needed, while simultaneously giving them the independence they crave.”