Through a generous donation by a local family, we are able to offer housing for pregnant women and their newborns.
Our goal is to respond to the downward spiral that so many pregnant homeless women experience. It is on our hearts to stop the cycle of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) that so often afflict those born into unstable families.
A study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics examined the effects of homelessness on the health of pregnant mothers and their infants. Findings included: fewer prenatal care and well-visits, infants born with lower birth weights, longer hospital stays and higher likelihood to end up in neonatal intensive care. There are risk factors following birth too:
- Infants of homeless mothers need special care immediately after birth four times as much as other children;
- They often show significantly slower development when compared to ‘housed’ children;
- and 12% of homeless children are placed in foster care, compared to 1% of other children.
Placement in foster care in a predictor of adult homelessness, as 70% of homeless mothers that were placed in foster care as a child have had at least one of their own children placed into foster care.
Lily House will be supported by the community of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and the community at large. We will offer educational programs to design a path to restoration and lasting transformation by the offering of love and support through relationships and community.