FORT WAYNE, Ind. - (WPTA) A new Fort Wayne non-profit organization is getting a big boost thanks to a $20,000 grant from Saint Joseph Community Health Foundation.
When A Mother's Hope officially opens its doors in March, it will offer a shelter for homeless mothers in need of food and safety. But the agency recognizes that lasting change requires more.
That's what this $20,000 matching grant is going to help provide. It allows for A Mother's Hope to partner with Headwaters Counseling and address the mental health side of homelessness.
"We want to provide [the mothers], of course, with a roof over their heads and safety," says Founder and Executive Director of A Mother's Hope Stasia Roth. "But while we have them, why not give them as many opportunities for change as possible? We want to walk alongside them and support them in that as much as we possibly can."
Nearly half of homeless women battle depression and anxiety. So, without guidance, the added challenges of having a baby can be very scary.
"Women who are in crisis and pregnant at the same time tend to have worse outcomes for not only the infants, but also for themselves. So we know the mental health of pregnant mothers affects the health and wellness of the babies so much," says Roth.
Roth says while there's great work being done at shelters and pregnancy centers in Fort Wayne, A Mother's Hope is equipped to offer the best of both.
"We kind of see ourselves as the missing puzzle piece," she says.
If you or someone you know can benefit from the services provided by A Mother's Hope, visit their website. http://amothershopefw.org/