Not all women face pregnancy with the support and love of family and friends. Many women who contemplate abortion do so because they feel they have no other choice. There is no one to support them, protect them, or nurture them as they bring new life into the world.
Mary’s Mantle was born from the experience of one such young woman. Young, alone, and finding herself kicked out of her family home when they found out she was pregnant, this mother had nowhere to go. Worse yet, those who tried to help her could find nowhere for her to go – there were little to no resources for her as she thought about bringing this new life into the world. Feeling alone, unloved, and frightened, this young woman ended her baby’s life, though that was not an avenue she had initially considered at all.
The founders of Mary’s Mantle felt that no woman should have to suffer in this way. The doors of the metro-Detroit home opened in June of 2010. Since then, over 40 women and their children have called it home.
Housing is provided for up to four expectant mothers at a time who are at least eighteen years old with no other children in their care, regardless of their religious affiliation. The house is staffed 24 hours a day with a live-in housemother, a case manager, and other part-time staff.
Our expectant mothers experience and witness love and healthy relationships while in residence at Mary’s Mantle. Our staff and volunteers work to help the women understand their responsibilities as mothers and plan for their futures. We help to connect them to community resources and help them find local churches who will welcome them into their faith communities. No matter what the work, it is all done in the name of Jesus Christ under the protective mantle of our Blessed Mother.
Mary’s Mantle is currently the only Catholic maternity home in the metro-Detroit area. On average, our waiting list ranges from 5 – 15 women. In the winter of 2012, we received over 200 calls for placement. This is a harsh reality, and something needs to change if we are going to live and preach the message of life, the message of the Gospel. We can not do it alone.