there is not a chapter here but for 18 years in Ohio we supported Birthright, which provides assitance to pregant and new mothers with jobs, job training, housing, schooling, medical care and well-baby care, babyfood, layettes, maternity clothes, nursing bras. There is a maternity and family clinic here run by a dedicated group of nuns and lay nurses that provides maternity and well-baby care for all those without health coverage, including illegals who are afraid to go elsewhere for help. We support them through providing maternity clothes, nursing bras, BF education, nutritional support.
Several of our most prominent pro-life supporters in this area are small business owners who provide jobs and job training for expectant and new mothers. My family doctor, who is strongly pro-life and NFP-friendly, has organized other doctors to provide abortion alternative counsel, medical care, including for high-risk pregnancies, here and over the border, and provides NFP training and counselling.
As Benedictine Oblates we support the nuns in their pro-life ministry, which includes support to the aforementioned projects, plus for Pregnancy Testing Centers which provide abortion alternatives, and rescue intervention, supporting women who elect not to abort through housing, whatever is needed, including assistance to entire families. Oblates help with not only rescue work, prayer and vigils in front of clinics, but practical help with the interventions–jobs, housing, school, food, clothing, medical care etc. Two retired oblates whose career experience is in this field work on getting mothers, newborns, and families assistance they qualify for but may not be aware of, or are afraid to apply for. They provide their professional services without charge.
We are also supporting a new initiative on both sides of the border for group homes for expectant mothers who have been abandoned by their own families. Again those behind this have professional experience which qualifies them for this work, and not only the oblates but many other local pro-lifers are organizing to support these homes. So far there are 2, one on each side of the border, with 4 more planned.
during the years we qualified in Ohio (it is hard to qualify, by the way) as foster parents we fostered teen expectant mothers, and their babies until either adoption or the teen getting GED and becoming self-supporting, and we helped organized training and support for other foster families. We do not qualify as foster parents in Texas because of the size and location of our home, but we do support foster/adopt programs for teens in other ways.