The House of

"Wants Every Child to Know Someone Cares"

What We Do

What is The House of El-Elyon?

El-Elyon is a biblical term that means the "Most High" over every challenge you face. 

 What is The House of El-Elyon?

  • A 24/7 live-in group home care program, designed to support pregnant teens and young mothers from the ages of 12-18 and their infants
  • A refuge, a place for second chances, and a safe haven where you can get help to become self-sufficient and achieve your goals
  • An Arizona non-profit, 501C3 organization

Why Do We Need The House of El-Elyon?

Let's talk about teen pregnancy in Arizona and the U.S.:

The U.S. leads in Teen Pregnancy

  • There are over 800,000 teen pregnancies per year in the U.S.
  • These rates are nearly double Great Britain’s, at least four times those of France and Germany, and more than 10 times that of Japan. 

AZ Teen Pregnancy Rates

Arizona teen pregnancy rate ranks 15th in the nation, with over 14,000 pregnant teens each year…that’s nearly 40 girls per day…with only 65% giving birth!

Arizona High School Sexual Activity Rates

43% of Arizona high school students have had sex, according to the AZ Dept. of Education:

  • 29% of 9th graders
  • 39% of 10th graders
  • 47% of 11th graders
  • 61% of 12th graders

School Drop-out Facts

  • Teen mothers are less likely to complete school.
  • Less than 1/3 of teens who begin their families before age 18 ever earn a high school diploma.

Health Risks for Teen Mothers

Common medical problems among adolescent mothers include:

  • Poor weight gain
  • Pregnancy-induced hypertension
  • Anemia
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

Health Risks for the Babies

Children born to teen mothers suffer from higher rates of low birth weight and related health problems:

  • Infant death
  • Blindness and deafness
  • Chronic respiratory problems
  • Mental Retardation and Mental Illness    


  • Almost 50% of all teenage mothers and over 75% of unmarried teen mothers began receiving welfare within five years of birth of their first child.
  • Each year the federal government spends about $40 billion providing welfare services to teen mothers and their children.
  • Foster care placements are significantly higher and continue to increase, which costs taxpayers $1 billion annually in foster care alone.

Inadequate Parenting

Teen parents are still growing and developing themselves and are often unable to provide the kind of environment that infants and very young children require for optimal development.

Children of Teens Often Victims

  • Children born to teens under 18 often fall victim to abuse and neglect.
  • Most of these children start life at a serious disadvantage and are at risk to repeat the cycle themselves and therefore affect generations to come.   

What's the solution to this problem?

Education (Training) and Mentorship (Support) through the Living and Learning Prevention Program administered by Irene Ellis, Executive Director at The House of El-Elyon. 

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The House of El Elyon

P. O. Box 22108 - Mesa, AZ 85277

(480) 239-3520