Often a young pregnant teenager will contact us through our hotline number or the internet not sure of how to talk to her parents about being pregnant. Based on 37 years of counseling young women, we are able to help them develop a plan how to talk to their parents. Our first goal is to reunite the family when this is a supportive loving environment.
Other times, it will be a couple who already have children who stop at Our Gift of Hope Sonogram Center feeling overwhelmed when they discover that they are expecting another child. We provide free counseling and a sonogram, and beyond that, we are often able to help them find healthcare. We follow up with these families during the pregnancy, providing support and love. After the baby is born, we provide a “first time” care package of diapers, wipes, baby clothes and other things that the family will need to welcome their new little one into their home.
Families today are raising children in a culture where they must deal with complex issues such as peer pressure, drinking and drugs, sex outside of marriage. Several Sources seeks to help parents to educate their children to make healthy decisions, recognizing the long term consequences of decisions that they are making today, and to help them to develop skills to make healthy life decision. Attending a retreat for young people, their families and others involved in their faith formation are held at our Holy Family Retreat Center, using interactive learning tools like The choice game and YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body, a modern dvd program, are introduced to needed skills in a fun way where they can learn with their peers.
Several Sources also continue to support and encourage our mothers and their children as they leave our maternity homes. Over 58% of our mothers go on to get married and their child has a father, and often brothers and sisters. There are times when our mothers continue to need financial assistance. Several Sources’ Special Families Program provides four care packages a year, as well as other financial, emotional and spiritual support.