For Shelby, the date is February 9, 2015. How clearly she remembers walking out the door of Care Net’s First Care Clinic with an ultrasound picture and a reason to live.
“My lifestyle had become so unmanageable that every time I spoke with my mother on the phone, she asked me how she should start planning my funeral. I knew I had to get clean, but I didn’t know how. Then a miracle happened: I found out I was pregnant. Yes, a miracle, because this baby saved my life. Right then and there I stopped everything and I moved back home to start planning for our future–the future I would have with my baby. Now I had a reason to live! Not only did Care Net help me prepare for motherhood, they helped me rekindle my relationship with my mother and helped me recognize that I deserve healthy relationships in my life and how to have them.”
Now, Seven years later, Shelby and her daughter are thriving.
Today, Shelby has healthy relationships, a fulfilling job, and joy being a mom. She shared, “Seven years ago today I found out I was pregnant. My life changed in the blink of an eye. I couldn’t be happier with my life right now. My daughter is healthy, happy, smart, funny, beautiful, and keeps me on my toes. I have a man in my life that makes me so happy (didn’t think it would ever happen). My job is the best I could ever ask for, with so many beautiful people I call my friends. Cheers to the next year and all the wonderful possibilities the future holds.”
Thank you for having the faith to believe that with God, all things are possible! You are changing lives for eternity!
“They really care about the patient, and make you feel comfortable.”
“You put me on the right path and helped me get through a time when I didn't have much support. You are like a family to me.” – former maternity home resident
“The RN I had was very respectful and very nice. She answered all my questions.”
“Friendliest clinic I’ve ever visited!”
“I like that I was treated with respect and nurse was all ears to what I had doubts about.”
“A lot of my success and growth is because of my family at The Elizabeth House….I can confidently say that I am the best mother I can be because of the tools and resources I was given.”- past resident of our maternity home.
“I was able to find a job, place my child in quality childcare, and save enough money to live on my own without any debts.” – past resident, maternity home
“Personable and listened to concerns and talked through them.”
“I am really pleased about the respect and care I received here. Every stage of my visit was thoroughly explained. Keep up the good work.”
“Someone cared and listened.”
“Staff was very experienced and kind and made me feel so comfortable and valued.”
“Very friendly, non-judgmental, answered questions and provided info about community resources.”
“Thank you for those vouchers that we “bought” everything we needed for our daughter…getting those blankets, clothes, diapers, socks, and toys took a huge load off us. We headed into this journey easy because you eased us into it.”
"Before I started working on the lessons I never asked myself "what kind of parent am I" or "what kind of parent do I want to be?" The information these lessons give me has definitely given me a different outlook on life and parenting. -From a Dad ta