- In the heart of Georgia, an innovative and unique organization is making a profound difference in the lives of homeless pregnant women.
- With its unwavering dedication and compassion, Sheltering Grace has been a beacon of hope, providing a haven and support for vulnerable expectant mothers.
- In a state where approximately 125 call requests pour in each week, Georgia is facing an urgent crisis and needs to support these vulnerable women.
The Crisis of Homeless Pregnant Women:
Homelessness is a pervasive issue at the core of society. The United States is facing a great crisis in which pregnant women are one of the most vulnerable and afflicted groups.
- In Georgia, as of 2023, there are over ten thousand homeless people.
Homeless pregnant women face an array of challenges including:
- Lack of access to proper healthcare
- Harsh and unsafe living conditions
- Lack of access to good nutrition
- The emotional distress of not knowing where they will sleep that night
- Unstable and unreliable work
- Prejudicial treatment
- Fear, anxiety, and depression
Sheltering Grace’s Mission:
- Sheltering Grace, a Metro Atlanta-based nonprofit organization, was founded with a clear and compassionate mission: to provide a safe and nurturing environment for homeless pregnant women, offering them the support and resources necessary to transform their lives.
- The organization’s commitment to these women goes beyond simply providing shelter; it encompasses holistic care that addresses their physical, emotional, and practical needs, in order to build themselves up in every way.
A Safe Haven for Hope:
- Sheltering Grace has offered a warm and welcoming home to pregnant women since its founding in 2006.
- It continues to provide safe and stable housing, nutritious meals, access to essential prenatal care, transportation to and from medical facilities, skills development training, educational programs, and counseling.
- Sheltering Grace creates a family-like environment of emotional support and understanding, helping homeless pregnant women regain their self-esteem and confidence, and understanding the need to build connections that will be there for them to rely on in times of need.
Empowering Through Education and Skills:
Recognizing the importance of education and vocational skills in achieving lasting independence, Sheltering Grace offers a range of programs tailored to the unique needs and aspirations of each homeless pregnant woman.
These programs include:
- Educational classes
- Career counseling
- Life skills training
Our goal is to empower the women who go through our program to envision a brighter future – not only for themselves, but also for their children.
Building supportive networks:
- One of the most profound impacts of Sheltering Grace is the sense of community and belonging it fosters among its residents.
- Pregnant women often arrive at the shelter feeling isolated and overwhelmed.
- Still, through shared experiences (like being at each other’s childbirth) and support networks (like helping find fitting jobs for one another), they form deep connections that continue to provide strength long after leaving the program.
The transformational impact of Sheltering Grace is best exemplified through the success stories of its program graduates.
Over 300 homeless pregnant women who once faced homelessness and uncertainty have gone on to:
- secure stable housing for themselves and their families
- complete their education
- build fulfilling careers
- become self-reliant and independent
Realizing it is possible, these women become advocates for change, inspiring others through example to break the cycle of homelessness and create a better life for themselves.
The road ahead:
Sheltering Grace’s dedication to homeless pregnant women in Georgia remains unwavering.
- As we continue to expand our reach and are able to provide services to more pregnant women in need, we envision a future where no pregnant woman in Georgia has to face homelessness without support and compassion.
- Our current goal is to finish remodeling a new house in Austell, GA, to help three more homeless pregnant women each year recover their dignity to start rebuilding their lives.
- By opening a new home, Sheltering Grace will expand its mission to more women, hopefully expanding enough to help every single expectant mother who calls every day seeking a helping hand.
Looking to the future:
- As Sheltering Grace continues its mission, there’s a strong emphasis on looking to the future.
- The organization understands that providing support to homeless pregnant women is about more than just tending to immediate physical needs.
- It’s about breaking the cycle of homelessness and ensuring a brighter future for both mothers and their children.
- Sheltering Grace is dedicated to expanding its reach and services to reach more homeless pregnant women in need.
- With each success story, we take another step toward their vision of a Georgia where every pregnant woman can access the support and compassion they need to escape homelessness.
Supporting a brighter tomorrow:
- Sheltering Grace’s work would not be possible without the support of our staff, our generous donors, our volunteers, and our advocates.
- As we extend a hand to homeless pregnant women, we invite others to join us in creating a better future for these women in need and their children.
Sheltering Grace’s impact on homeless pregnant women in Georgia is nothing short of life-transforming.
- Family-like environment
the organization is sowing the seeds of hope and resilience in the lives of vulnerable pregnant women, ensuring they and their children have the opportunity for a brighter future.
Through the great efforts of Sheltering Grace and the tireless support of the community, the path from homelessness to hope becomes a reality for more pregnant women every year.
By partnering with Sheltering Grace, and contributing just $10 a month, you too can help these women.