(Photo Above – Moms, Children and Staff at Heather's House)
Many Aid for Women clients consider abortion because they lack adequate housing or will be otherwise homeless if they choose life.
“My parents will kick me out of the house if I continue with the pregnancy.”
“I’m pregnant and living in a homeless shelter.”
“My boyfriend wants me to have an abortion.”
“I’m in college. I can’t have this baby.”
“My husband left me, and I am all alone.”
HEATHER’S HOUSE, located on the Maryville Academy Campus in Des Plaines, Illinois, provides a safe and nurturing home where pregnant women and their babies can live. Heather’s House offers mothers an opportunity to develop the life skills, education and job skills necessary to become independent and loving mothers.
MONICA’S HOUSE, located at St. Pascal Church in Chicago’s Portage Park neighborhood, serves as a transitional home for Heather’s House residents who have had their babies and are either going to school or working. Monica’s House provides these new mothers more independence, while they work toward completing their goals.