About Mother House


Nurturing is our Nature.

Mother House’s mission is to provide mothers in crisis and their babies a nurturing, supportive, and empowering community.

Since 1982, Mother House has been been much more than a shelter. The program designed to help our residents not only develop the skills needed to become good parents, but also to thrive - personally, as mothers and as responsible members of society.

Mother House seeks to support any pregnant woman in need, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity.


The Mother House program was created over 37 years ago by a group of caring women in the city of Boulder after they noticed several homeless women who were pregnant and without support.  At first, they invited these women into their home so that they could receive a warm bed, support and remain safe. Then, with the help of local organizations and businesses, Mother House was established in a house near the University of Colorado.

 In 1996, after a large fundraising campaign, the program was moved to a beautiful new residence in downtown Boulder to accommodate more women.  

Today, thanks to ongoing community support, Mother House continues to be a place where women and their babies thrive. We’re proud to provide comprehensive services unlike any other in the state of Colorado.




Lisa Sweeney-Miran, Executive Director

Lisa has degrees in law, ethics, and philosophy and has a background in youth and families, compliance, research, and policy; she is a mother of three and a Boulder native. Lisa has been working with youth, children, and families since 2007 and has been involved in programs that support homeless populations, refugees, and marginalized populations since 2002 both here in the US and overseas. After graduating law school and passing the bar, Lisa spent many years working and living overseas before returning to her hometown of Boulder to raise a family and work with homeless services across the metro area. Lisa joined Mother House in 2018 and is excited about growing the program and increasing the opportunities available to the community through Mother House.


Shanan Collins, Program Director

Shanan has been involved with programs that support young children, youth and families since 1997. She is a mother of 3 grown children who have started families of their own. Shanan is a recent Leadership Fellows graduate and comes to Mother House after working as a Program Director for the past 5 years in the Boulder County homeless communities. Shanan looks forward to finding creative ways of expanding services to the BOCO community and beyond.


Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors supports the work of Mother House and provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance. All members are expected to give financially to Mother House, as well as help raise funds for the sustainability of this important program in the community.