Heroes are among us...just look around

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About a year ago, a friend of mine told me about a woman she met through her job who had recently learned that she was pregnant. The news was another challenge for this woman who was already going through a rough time in her life. Things were challenging, and the thought of a new baby on the way seemed overwhelming.

My friend listened. She’s not a counselor or a social worker. She wasn’t even a friend to this woman (yet). She just happened to be a sounding board. The two talked about what this mom was going to do. In her heart, she wanted to have her baby. She just didn’t know how it was going to be possible. My friend helped her find some resources in the community and offered to help her as best she could.

Fast forward a year later. The baby was born, and mom is in nursing school while also holding a job. My friend told this mom that she was a “hero,” but the mom said that their conversation a year earlier helped her figure things out. So, she was a “hero” too.

Pregnancy is a joyous, exciting time for most people. There is nothing better than being able to bring life into the world. However, being pregnant may also seem frightening and stressful. But remember, you are not alone. If you or someone you know is pregnant and unsure about what to do next, supportive and skilled organizations are there to get you the help you need.

Many social services agencies offer counseling, case work, parent education, and other tools that assist women both during their pregnancy and after their baby is born. Pantry items such as food, diapers, clothing, toiletries, and other staples are also provided in order to get these mothers and their children the necessities they need.

For more information, contact a social services provider today.

Catholic Charities offers help, hope and support to thousands of individuals and families, providing social services to people of all faiths. Our mission is rooted in our commitment to support families and children in need, regardless of faith. Please contact us at 717-657-4804.