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What is a Homemaking School?

Home with a Heart is a unique program designed to equip single mothers to effectively manage their homes. The contents are real, derived from Elaine Bond’s own experience as a single mother, based on her training as a teacher, and success in mentoring women.

The Home with a Heart program imparts specific life-skills to women, step-by-step, by teaching them to organize every area of responsibility, such as routines, closets, cleaning, laundry, paperwork, meals, personal care, employment and more.

Originally taught from a pregnancy center unpublished, and then from Elaine's home as a government project in 1998, the program has evolved into Homemaking Schools.

A Brochure is available on PDF under the Home with a Heart link.

Who can operate a Homemaking School?

Christian organizations that become Team  Members.

How do I become a Team Member?

You become a Team Member when you purchase the Team Member Agreement, upon approval to do so. Details below.

What is a Team Member Agreement?

The Team Member Agreement is a membership agreement between the Team Member and Home with a Heart for the sole purpose of upholding the integrity of Home with a Heart. Once you have reviewed all the statements in the agreement at the end of this information page, and you have been approved through an email, telephone or personal interview, you can then purchase the Team Member Agreement under Products. 

Who can participate in a Homemaking School?

Single mothers of all ages or other women who desire to be equipped to manage their homes more effectively may participate in the program. We have had teen moms in the program, single or married moms 20 to 40 years of age, as well as women and grandmothers nearing their retirement years, join a school. Some of these women are taking care of their grandchildren. We even had a couple of women who were eighty years of age. I personally have taught fathers as well, especially at First Nations. Men are welcome... if they can handle "pink".

Some women have never learned the skills taught; others want to become better organized with the easy routines that are the basis of the program and some are simply stuck so the step-by-step goals help them move forward.

Whatever, the age of participant, the dropout rate is very low as women have fun and friendship while gaining control of their homes. It is very rewarding for both the teacher and the participants.
 

How does instruction for participants take place?

Women receive very practical instruction in a warm classroom or home setting for 2½ to 3 hours each week for 12 weeks. 

For the remainder of the week, they carry out in-home application of each lesson. The teacher or other volunteers provide mentoring throughout the 12 weeks by phone or in-home visit, depending on the organizational structure and needs of the participants.

Each participant enjoys learning from her own Home with a Heart Set. The teacher uses the same set of handbooks but each lesson is laid out for her in an easy-to-follow lesson plan in the Teacher Training Manual.

Another Homemaking School option to the 12-Weekly School is a One-Week School, whereby the participants attend for five full days with mentoring support as needed afterwards.

Why does each mother need her own set of handbooks?

Home with a Heart was written for the mother specifically, not the teacher. Each chapter starts with a heart-to-heart story that engages the mother in the benefits of the topic. The handbooks are full of artwork and charts to enhance the teaching.

The handbooks not only walk the mom through the 12-weeks of learning the new routines, but also becomes a valuable on-going resource in her home.

The handbooks have many helpful hints and valuable tips that are not all needed at one time. Moms go back to the cooking and financial handbooks on a regular basis and the rest of the handbooks again and again over the years as applicable or as a refresher.
 

What happens when the participant graduates?

Upon completion of the program, the teacher encourages the participant to network within her community for ongoing resources specifically designed to meet the participant's next step. Those resources may well be within your own organization or in the community for friendship, educational or employment opportunities. Participants are always welcome to contact the school for further encouragement.
 

Is High School accreditation available for successful completion?

The participant's involvement in the Home with a Heart program may give her up to two credits towards high school graduation. High School principals and Adult Learning Centers are recognizing the merit and outcomes of the program. The teacher and the principal's discretion determine decisions on certification. Information is provided with the Teacher Training.

Who is currently involved?

The following types of organizations currently operate Homemaking Schools.

     • The Salvation Army
     • Churches
     • Pregnancy Care Centers & Homes
     • Second Stage Housing & Assisted Living Apartment Complexes
     • Homes for Addiction Recovery
     • Correctional Institutions
     • Inner City Ministries
     • Youth for Christ Centers
     

How are Homemaking Schools funded?

Each  organization is responsible to market and fund their Homemaking School.The Teacher Training Set provides funding proposals and guidelines. To date, programs have been funded by:

  1. The Salvation Army
  2. Churches
  3. Government
  4. Community grants
  5. Foundations
  6. Rotary clubs
  7. Local businesses
  8. Food banks
  9. Correctional Institutions
  10. Individuals in the community
  11. Family members
  12. Fundraisers such as dinners and garage sales
  13. Participants

Is it easy to operate a Homemaking School?

Yes. Considerable preparation has gone into the planning of training resources to make the program easy to implement. Training is also available, however, it is optional.

Where does training take place?

Teacher training takes place every fall and spring in the Niagara Region at the lovely Crossroads Centre in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. Please see Events and Home with a Heart / Teacher Training for more details. 

What are the benefits of becoming a Team Member?

In the Teacher Training Set, there are listed many benefits of Home with a Heart to the teacher, moms, children and your community. Here are a few other benefits to becoming a Home with a Heart Team Member.

 You will:

  1. Join a network of women who share the vision of Home with a Heart to equip single mothers with effective & lasting solutions.
  2. Be involved in an ever-growing program with a proven track record.
  3. Enjoy the opportunity to attend our one-day training seminars or networking conferences.
  4. Be supported with start-up and ongoing help when needed by email or phone.

What is the first step to becoming a Team Member?

The first step to becoming a Team Member is read the Team Member Agreement below. Then contact the Home with a Heart office by email or phone to set up an interview to discuss your goals. Once you have been approved, and you agree to the conditions set forth below in the Team Member Agreement, you purchase the Team Member Agreement under Products.

What is the cost of a Team Member Agreement?

The cost of the Team Member Agreement is a one time fee of five hundred dollars ($500) plus 13% tax, as well as the purchase of the Teacher Training Set or the Organization Training Set. (See Products for details.) The Team Member Agreement provides you with ongoing support.

TEAM MEMBER AGREEMENT

By purchasing a Home with a Heart - Team Member Agreement, I, as a Team Member, agree to:

  1. Uphold the integrity of Home with a Heart.
  2. Review and read all Home with a Heart training materials.
  3. Assign a teacher that has reviewed and read all the training materials.
  4. Purchase a Home with a Heart Set for each participant in your Homemaking School.
  5. Contact the Home with a Heart office if the participants cannot read English at a grade 4 or 5 level to discuss another arrangement of sale.
  6. Abide by all international copyright laws that prohibit duplication of all Home with a Heart books and materials by any media. 
  7. Not create my own marketing materials for distribution, unless granted prior written consent by Home with a Heart office.
  8. Use the Home with a Heart brochure and promotional materials.
  9. Promptly notify the Home with a Heart office of any conflicting use or any act of infringement by a party towards the Home with a Heart schools, or any action involving branding of Home with a Heart.
  10. Follow the policies and procedures guidelines in the Teacher Training Manual.
  11. Set a goal to teach a minimum of 10 single mothers a year.
  12. Agree to keep a current Police Check on file. (This does not have to be sent to Home with a Heart.)
  13. Contact Home with a Heart office if I no longer desire to be a Team Member.
  14. Agree that I will not teach a similar program after ending my membership for a minimum of three years.
  15. Be equipped with Internet and email access and a phone with an answering machine.
  16. Allow Home with a Heart to adjust book prices from time to time as needed.
  17. Not use any other system or material to accomplish the same goal as Home with a Heart.
  18. Keep all training information supplied by or on behalf of Home with a Heart confidential and use solely for the promoting the sale and use of the Home with a Heart program.
  19. Not to use the name Home with a Heart, for example, as my company name, name of any bank account, Facebook page name or included in any email address.
  20. Not consider this Agreement as being a partnership or joint venture.
  21. The understanding that no party has the ability to bind the other nor shall Home with a Heart be liable for any of the obligations of the Team Member. The Team Member shall not be liable for any of the obligations of Home with a Heart, with respect to the existing development of the product.
  22. Agrees to indemnify Home with a Heart and all its directors, officers and related parties from any and all costs, damages and other expenses resulting from the activities and operations of the Team Members.
  23. Send the Team Member's contact information to Home with a Heart office by email, if the information is different than the information of the person using the credit card on the website when purchasing the Team Member Agreement.

             The information required is:

              A.   Name
              B.   Organization 
              C.   Street Address (must not be a Post Office Box)
              D.   City, Country, and Postal or Zip Code
              E.   Phone number
              F.   Email address for Home with a Heart use


  

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