Ella's House
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2223 Dunblane Ln
Franklin, TN 37069
Organization Details


Ella's house hosts monthly educational and community outreach programs for pregnant and parenting collegiate students throughout the greater Nashville area. Each month, single mothers gather at Ella's House for classes on mental health, career readiness, pregnancy nutrition, birthing, financial planning, healthy infant development, lactation, leadership, postpartum prep, academic study skills, and time management. Classes are led by area professionals and professors from Lipscomb University, Belmont University, Vanderbilt University, Fisk University, TSU and Trevecca Nazarene University.

Ella's house pride's cell phone inclusivity. Rather than operating as a standalone nonprofit, we partner with a myriad of ministries in agency serving single women and children. Hope clinic, ELI's House, Sunny Side Up, Monroe Harding, and Safe Haven Family Shelter are just a few of our collaborative partners. Women from these agencies attend Ella's House monthly educational activities.
Program Successes
Examples of program success include mothers self-report feeling more confident in parenting, motherhood, readiness, and birth preparation. Additionally, we measure program success by tracking repeat clients of our educational and community gatherings.
Infants and Toddlers
Women and girls
Program Areas Served
Greater Nashville
When single mothers drop out of school their earning potential plummets. In fact, $3.8 billion equals the national cost of dropping out of college measured by lost earnings in a single year. With limited earning potential, many women are forced to secure government funding and resources to support themselves and their baby. Ella's House will reduce economic strain in our community.

Studies show, 38% of women who get abortions do so because, "having a baby interferes with their education." The CDC reports abortion is a higher-ed issue, with most abortions provided to women in their twenties. All pregnancies may cause temporary existential and emotional crises in women, and yet we also know abortion can be tied to mental health struggles. Ella's House provides her with support, community and wellness, so that keeping her baby seems plausible.
Program Successes
"I moved into Ella's House soon after, and for the first time since I became pregnant, I thought to myself , "maybe I can do this". Ella's House has provided me with unconditional love, support, and shoulders to lean on when I thought I was all alone. No one could have prepared me for the loneliness that came with being pregnant in college, but Ella's house has assured me that my baby girl will be the best thing that has ever happened. "- Ella's House Resident
Since the start of 2024,
-Two more healthy babies were born to residents
-100% of residents are enrolled in college and maintaining a C+ grade average
-100% of residents have secured part-time employment while attending college
-98% of residents who've graduated our Ella's House program have secured careers in their field of choice
Human Services  - Family Preservation 
Infants and Toddlers
Women and girls
Long-term Success
Ella's House will continue to strive to eliminate collegiate drop out rates throughout the 20+ colleges in the Greater Nashville Area. Finally, by making Ella's House services available we intend to decrease abortion rates for collegiate women. When a pregnant student chooses to keep her baby and pursue higher education, positive outcomes ensue such as earning potential, career advancement, physical health, mental health, and less reliance on government services/assistance.

Statistics regarding college drop out rates related to unintended pregnancy and/or collegiate abortion rates are difficult to obtain due to lack of self reporting. However, local colleges purport that unintended pregnancies are an issue that their campuses are not equipped to fully support.
Ella's House has one facility right now that can house up to four women. We see a long-term need for multiple facilities throughout the area or one large/multi housing facility to meet the pressing needs.
Short-term Success
In 2023, seven schools identified and contacted with a 40% conversion rate
In 2023, 50% of donor relationships maintained after one year.
In 2023, identify five sustainable new donor sources in place to generate income
In 2023, realize a 5% increase in total revenue
In 2023/2024, secure employment contract with Resident Director
In 2023/2024, contract with a mental health professional for case management
In 2023, train all Ella's House staff and residents on ACES, thereby ensuring a strong start for children, connecting youth to caring adults, intervening to lessen immediate and long-term harms and equipping parents with tools to handle stress and resolve conflicts.
In 2023 /2024 secure a second Ella's House location to house more women
In 2023 introduce programing to assist fathers who have found themselves with an unexpected child, thereby ensuring a strong start for families.

Program Success Monitored By
Budget related goal will be monitored thought our Board Treasurer and our CRM (Network for Good)
Resident Director employment matters will be measured through our CEO and Board of Directors. Bi-annual employment review sessions will be in place.
Mental Health related goals will be measured through a contracted professional/licensed mental health provider, quarterly resident satisfaction surveys, intake and outtake surveys.
ACES related goals will be measured via our contracted mental health provider and ACEs surveys provided upon resident intake, following birth and one year thereafter.
Resident Housing Expansion will be measured by number of beds available for collegiate women
Expansion of Programing for Fathers will be measured by weekly/monthly classes and community events geared specifically to males.
Program Areas Served
Greater Nashville Area