"there was no room for them in the inn"
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matthew 19:14
"Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me." Mark 9:37
At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure. Luke 10:21
What we doMary's House is a faith-based, non-denominational, non-profit, pregnancy support home in Maryland. Our purpose is to provide temporary shelter, opportunity for personal growth, and spiritual guidance for pregnant women who are homeless and need support because they have decided to give birth rather than abort.
How we do it
Girls who move in to Mary's House become part of a Christian family. During their stay at Mary's House, girls are exposed to the realities of being part of a family with children, which we hope will train them to eventually run a household of their own. They are provided with sound advice in dealing with the practical matters that all our girls face, such as medical care, childcare, finding work, getting assistance for food and baby supplies, transportation issues, and eventually, finding a permanent place to live. For those girls who decide that being a parent is not right for them yet, adoption resources are also available.
As a guideline, girls typically stay at Mary's House for about 1 year. Some arrive near the beginning of their term, some near the end; it doesn't much matter. We currently have room for 3 girls at a time. Each girl has a bedroom for herself and her baby/children, and there are 2 bathrooms (each with a bath+shower) that are shared by all the girls. Additionally, there is a full laundry room and dishwasher (primarily for bottles) that is shared by all the girls.
Each girl is treated just as we would treat our daughter. Our home becomes her home also. She is free to take part in all family activities, can go out with her friends periodically (with a reasonable curfew, of course), will attend church with us Sunday mornings, and is expected to help out with typical household chores. Girls not attending high school are expected to have a full-time job during their stay at Mary's House.
We could of course accomplish NOTHING without tremendous support from many people and partners. Please refer to I want to help Mary's House if you would like to become part of our team.