With the blessings and grace of God, Aid for Women’s pregnancy care centers and residential programs have continued operations during the COVID crisis and ongoing unrest in our city. We know that women and their unborn babies are more at risk for abortion than ever before in the Chicago metropolitan area.
OUR PREGNANCY CARE CENTERS
Our centers are open to provide critical life-saving services, including our 24/7 helpline, one-on-one crisis support, ultrasound exams and abortion pill reversal. We began offering our pregnancy and parenting classes virtually, which has been wonderfully successful in keeping our clients engaged from home and feeling encouraged during their pregnancies and as new mothers.
The ongoing pandemic media coverage, along with experiencing isolation, financial problems, health concerns, strained relationships, homelessness, lack of prenatal care and uncertainty about the future have made pregnant women especially vulnerable at this time. “This is the most awful time to be pregnant. “How can I think of having a baby now?” said a woman who called our helpline.
“As we face difficult times, the services we provide are critical in meeting each client’s needs, providing accurate information, real resources and teaching safe and healthy practices to ensure best outcomes for both our clients and their unborn babies.” — Joanne Crame, RN, Clinic Manager
HEATHER’S HOUSE AND MONICA’S HOUSE
Our two residential programs continue to provide safe and nurturing homes for homeless pregnant women, mothers and their babies during this time of crisis. The residents have been living with stay-at-home precautions as best as possible, passing the time like other families: watching movies, limited outings, taking walks and lots of baking!
“Our most important job right now is to dispel fear and bring joy. We are blessed to be able to continue the work God has for us and provide a sense of belonging and home for the families in our care. Our residential staff is strong and continues to love moms, take care of children, and welcome new babies lovingly into this world!” — Faith Bohlin, Residential Program Manager
A LIFE-SAVING REFUGE
The women who come to us for help are in survival mode. Abortion clinics continue to be open for business and promote abortion as “time-sensitive and essential healthcare”. This, along with Illinois’ radical abortion rights laws, make it critical for Aid for Women to be open to serve as a safe, life-saving refuge for women and their unborn babies.
We are deeply grateful to our donors and volunteers for your prayers and generous support. Without you, we would not have the needed resources to serve the women who come to us for help during these most challenging of times.