Friday, November 23, 2012

Helping Women with Unplanned Pregnancy

The Divine Mercy House is primarily for women over the age of 18 facing an unplanned pregnancy, with little or no help available to them. This age group is the most at risk of ending a crisis pregnancy in abortion due to lack of family and social support.

Generally, women who come to Divine Mercy House do not have other children in their care, but if the need should arise, the home has been designed to accommodate a mother with a child under five. An expectant mother may plan on raising the child or placing the baby for adoption. Adoptions will be facilitated through Catholic Charities.

Since its’ inception in 1999, Divine Mercy House has served over 75 women, averaging around six to ten per year. The staff of Divine Mercy House recognize that each woman who enters the house is unique, and each situation is different. We work hard to meet each individual need and tailor the program to fit each woman; therefore there is no hard and fast rule on length of stay. On average the women who complete the Divine Mercy House Program stay six to eight months after their babies are born, which ensures they will be well ready to care for themselves upon departure from the house.

The Divine Mercy House operates with a limited paid staff relying on a large core of volunteers for many support functions. Paid positions include an Executive Director, a Resident Director and three Assistant Resident Staff. They are responsible for the day-to-day function of the house, with support from the Board of Directors.

Above from Website:  Divine Mercy House

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