Carried To Full Term is a nonprofit providing long-term housing to pregnant women in crisis.
Images of a pregnant woman walking the streets wondering where she’ll spend the night are not something anyone can see without wanting to step in the help. Helping is almost impossible unless her story is told. Mother’s in this state of crisis usually aren’t forthcoming with their stories or pleas for help. The urgency of a home is more pressing that telling someone who may or may not help. This is where we come in.
Most of us never really have had to deal with homelessness or the thought of not having a home. There is no one situation that leads women to the homeless. Rather, a series of events factor into the eventuality of homelessness. There is a cycle that needs to be broken in some instances to bring an end to homelessness. Some of the circumstances stem from aging out of foster care, job loss, illness, relocation, divorce, abandonment or a cycle of poverty repeating itself.
A 2017 HUD study reported a staggering 554,000 people across the country are homeless. A Purdue study found “when a family becomes homeless the entire family’s life, normalcy, sense of securing and whatever semblance of functionality that once existed in now completed disrupted and off balance. Any routine or appearance of a The conditions of “normal” life, from mundane activities of daily living (regular showers or doing laundry) to the important job of getting a child to school, are brought to a sudden halt. Household foundations, however weak they may have been in the past, may become nonexistent once homelessness occurs.
Whatever the circumstances that explain a person’s or family’s homelessness, they are likely to worsen once homelessness becomes a reality. In other words, even if an apartment fire is an explanation for one’s homelessness, such an unexpected crisis can quickly lead to depression, unemployment, and other conditions that will make it more difficult for a family to regain economic stability and a home.”
We’d like to introduce you to some of the mothers in our residential program. They are not out of reach, many of them are in your community neighborhoods. They need your help to break cycles to give their children a new start, a hope, and a brighter future. We need 250 friends to give $20.00 a month, we will cover the cost of our monthly residential expenses.