A Mother’s Hope will be a home for mothers facing an unplanned pregnancy. We will offer physical, emotional, and spiritual support to each mother, the structure of a home environment, and guidance in planning for the future. A Mother’s Hope will be a place where each and every mother deserves to know that her life and her baby’s life are valuable.
Some of you may wonder where the idea for a home for pregnant mothers started. It really is a simple story. One day when I was praying, I found myself simply overwhelmed by all the pain and suffering in our world. Through tears, I told the Lord that I wanted to help Him stop it. Sometime after that, I began to hear about Hannah’s House in Mishawaka, IN. It seemed that God was telling me something, but I didn’t know what. I finally said something to my husband and he joked that maybe I was supposed to start a home like that here in Fort Wayne. I may have laughed and jokingly said something like “Me? Ya right.” But, truthfully I wondered if he was right. I wish I could say that I rushed out and got started right then, but I doubted that I was hearing God right. I went and talked to the priest at my church who told me to go to Hannah’s House and check it out. So I did. I was given a tour of the facilities and introduced to several staff members. It was amazing to hear about the incredible work they are doing with mothers, fathers, and babies.
Returning home I was overjoyed and overwhelmed at the idea of beginning a completely new maternity home in Fort Wayne. But as always, God had a plan. When at Hannah’s House, I discovered that another group from Fort Wayne had been there a month before me. After a little detective work, I found who would be my co-founder of our new maternity home, Monica Kelsey. Monica is a pro-life speaker who fights to protect life every day.
Even after talking with Monica and starting this project, I have had many times where I am stilling saying “Me? Ya right.” But God has been with me every step of the way. Whatever I have asked for in this project, He has provided it.
“Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. Until now you have not asked anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete." John 16: 23-24
Next we needed to determine what the name of the maternity home would be. Originally, we had the name A Living Hope. However, the lawyer who is advising us on the project, found that this name had too many potential issues. I now know that the Holy Spirit would lead us to the name. In a moment of prayer, the name was revealed to me. But then on December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the name got its final approval. It was a drop you to your knees moment for me as it was confirmation that the Blessed Mother had given her blessing on the project. To be honest, I don’t have the words to truly give this moment justice. The name then became A Mother’s Hope.
A Mother's Hope is the name, but it truly speaks to what the house will be. It is for each mother and the hope that she has for a change in her life and her baby's/family's life. It reminds us of the hope that our co-founder Monica’s mother had when she left Monica at the hospital as a newborn. Ultimately, it is our Blessed Mother's hope for all of us to fulfill God's plan for each of our lives.
A Mother’s Hope will need many things to ensure that it is able to change many mothers’ and babies’ lives. It will need financial support from the community as well as individuals. It will need lots of volunteers to help with various tasks and projects especially in the beginning. It will need to be a staffed facility with house parents to work directly with the pregnant moms. And most of all A Mother’s Hope needs prayers! If you find yourself able to help in any of these areas, we would love to have you as part of our family! And if you find yourself being nudged by God to find out more about this project, please do not hesitate to ask.
Fort Wayne, Ind.