As Catholics, we believe in the sanctity of life from conception to natural death. Thus, we have developed a number of programs that affirm life in all its stages.
Women’s Support Centers
Through our Women’s Support Centers (WSCs), we provide counseling, medical referrals, vitamins, and other forms of support to women seeking an alternative to abortion. We produce and distribute pro-life newsletters and talk to high school and college classes about fetal development, post-abortion syndrome, family values, and other such topics.
Our workers also conduct Rachel’s vineyard retreats for those who need emotional and spiritual healing after their abortion(s). We have helped to start WSCs all throughout the Russian Far East. In some cases, the local parishes have then taken on the responsibility of supporting the centers. We still cover the costs for several sites, and hope to open others in the near future.
In an effort to become self-supporting, the WSC staff members have placed a number of donation boxes around town. They also accept donations of used baby clothing, diapers, toys, and bedding. In a single year, the donations generally come to more than $1,200 in cash and over $2,800 in baby items.
This program lets donors provide for a medication packet for a mother and her baby at the hospital. The packet includes cleansing agents, sutures, antibiotics, and pain medications. The packet is only $50, but this is often a tremendous help to needy moms. As of 2017, the Adopt-a-Birth program had saved more than 2,500 babies!
A $125 donation covers the costs of care during pregnancy and help after the baby is born. It includes nutritional supplements, vitamins for the mother and infant, baby clothes, diapers, and other supplies for the new baby and mom.
Many new mothers need help for a longer period after they give birth. Donors can help individual moms and children by making monthly contributions to our Guardian Angel fund. The donor—or guardian angel—can choose the size of the monthly contribution. More information can be found here.