An Update from the Executive Director
Happy New Year! 2020 marks Mary's Shelter's 15th year of providing shelter and support to women(and their children) who find themselves in a crisis during pregnancy.
2019 was an incredible year. Through our program, many women and children found a safe, sound, and happy place to call home. These ladies are continuing to work hard on their educational and employment goals. Women who once felt alone and unsure of their future are receiving the opportunity to achieve their dreams. We are privileged not only to be a part of a woman's journey through pregnancy and childbirth, but to witness the positive changes in her life as well as the life of her family. Mary's Shelter's friends and supporters are all a part of the story. You are a true blessing to the families we serve.
Thanks to our generous donors and volunteers, 2019 was the incredible year when we purchased a new home. To say this home needed work, however, would be a serious understatement! The total renovation of this house was a daunting prospect. But with help from our amazing community, we embarked on an epic renovation project and transformed a shell of a house into a storybook home.
In addition to the women and children living at Mary's Shelter, we help many in our community with dire needs such as a car payments, assistance with rent or utilities, education expenses, food, items for their children, and more through our Respite Program. We often assist with the opening of new maternity homes, most recently a new home in Richmond. This is so important since the calls for help are great and resources are few. We began a scholarship fund to assist with ongoing educational costs. Sometimes we are just there for a woman who needs someone to talk to.
As always, we wish to extend heartfelt thanks to each and every donor, volunteer, and prayer warrior. We are especially grateful to all the churches who sponsor our ministry. You bless our ministry with your kindness and generosity. Thanks to you all, 2019 was an amazing year. We thank God for you and for all the graces we receive.
We are excited to see what blessings 2020 brings.
Kathleen Wilson, Director