Houston – Despite Cathy Hughes’ demanding schedule surrounding the NBA All Star events in Houston, the Radio One founder insisted on spending time with teen moms at LifeHouse, a maternity home for young girls.
Ann, Coffi Bell, Hannah, Ms. Cathy Hughes, Brittany
Hughes listened to the girls’ stories as she shared her own of being a teen mom at the age of 16. She gave the girls solid advice about the importance of prayer, the realities of being a single parent, sacrifice and raising a child. Hughes connected with the girls and left them with words of encouragement, hope, plenty of hugs and even her contact information. She let them know that she believes in them and will return, a promise she has kept before.
“I love her (Hughes’s) story and appreciate that she came here (LifeHouse) to spend time with us,” said Brittany, a pregnant 19 year old. “She motivates me to do better for me and my child.”
Hughes started the largest African-American owned and operated broadcast company in the U.S. and became the first African-American woman to head a publicly traded company. Her Washington, D.C.-based Company has 52 radio stations in 15 cities, with revenues of $433 million in 2012 and 1,500 employees. She currently sits on the advisory board of Wal-Mart and enjoys giving back to the community.
LifeHouse is a Christ-centered ministry providing opportunities for housing, healing and hope for young women during their pregnancy and beyond. LifeHouse is the only maternity home licensed by the State of Texas to house girls ages 12-24 years old, regardless if they plan to parent or place their baby in an adoptive home. www.LifeHouseHouston.org