Situated on the Gulf Coast of Alabama, Mary's Shelter was founded to address the needs of homeless pregnant women who are experiencing an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy. Our mothers come to us with no one to help them, no money, and no place to live. Before hearing of Mary's Shelter, many of them felt that their only option was to have an abortion. By providing them with a home during this difficult time in their life, we enable these women to say 'yes' to life for their unborn child.
The women and children served by Mary's Shelter are given the opportunity to live in a clean, secure, loving, family environment staffed by caring Christian professionals. But Mary's Shelter aims to go beyond simply being a materniuty home providing these homeless pregnant women with shelter and sustenance. While saving the babies' lives is of paramount importance, equally important is helping these vulnerable women to eventually achieve happy, healthy and productive lives.
While residing at the shelter, our mothers acquire decision-making skills, develop self esteem, and learn how to be fiscally responsible. They continue their education and develop job skills; some may hold down jobs or attend school while residing at the Shelter. They receive the regular medical care they need. It is also mandatory that they undergo counseling by qualified counselors. In addition, the mothers are given the information they need to be able to make an informed decision regarding the future of their unborn child - whether to parent the child or consider adoption. Through family-style living, our moms learn how to resolve conflicts. They learn how to care for their children, for themselves and for their home. Each mother's program and progress are evaluated every three months.
Following the birth of the baby, the mother and child may enter our Transitional Housing program, once the mother has found a job which will provide a living wage. Financial assistance and other support is provided for a period of up to six months, at which time the mother is hopefully in a position to assume complete responsibility for her family.
Where there often existed a history for these women of barely surviving on welfare, Mary's Shelter works to see that pattern broken and helps them reach their maximum potential. Our maternity home is a sensible, pro-life, abortion alternative.