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Pregnant? Need Help?
Can you share your check, pray and/or volunteer?
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 Aid the Unborn and their Families

Can you share your check, pray and/or volunteer?

The needs of many families have increased during the pandemic and pregnancy resource centers have worked diligently to assist families during times of crisis. 

Many people have received relief checks as part of the federal government's economic stimulus program. For some, this check will mean the difference between having food on the table or going hungry. For others, the need might not be as great or not even at all. 

For those who have extra, we invite you to be in solidarity with your neighbors and "Share Your Check" with the organizations that support the unborn and their families. Offering prayers and volunteering are also always welcomed. 

Let’s continue to find ways to support the unborn and their families through donating, volunteering and praying.


Birthright of Joliet, established in 1973, exists to help women facing unplanned pregnancies. They offer free pregnancy tests, pregnancy counseling with alternatives to abortion, community resources, clothing resources for mother and baby, and other supports. Birthright continues to assist families in need of assistance during the pandemic. Donations can be made by mailing checks to Birthright of Joliet, 311 Hammes LL7, Joliet IL 60435


Caring Network works to prevent unplanned pregnancies, and to provide emotional support, spiritual counsel and practical help to anyone dealing with the effects of an unplanned pregnancy. Caring Network continues to serve clients during the pandemic. Donate to Caring Network here.


Living Alternatives Pregnancy Resource Center is committed to equipping those facing pregnancy decisions with excellent care, compassionate support, and honest information. It is their desire to provide her with the resources, information, and emotional support she needs to care for herself and her family during her pregnancy and long after the baby is born. Donate to the Pregnancy Resource Center here


Nativity House seeks to promote and live out Catholic Social Teaching in multiple aspects. They serve as a house of hospitality for first time mothers, provide a mothering community offering education and support for all mothers, offer a community supported farm (CSA) that provides nourishment for the mothering community and the greater community, and they cultivate a healing environment focused on the dignity of each person, the dignity of work, and stewardship of the earth. Donate by mailing a check to:Nativity House 17141 W 143rd St.,  Lockport IL 60441. Home Depot gift cards for gardening items are welcomed. Contact Venus at venusad@nativity-house.org for their guest mom's weekly grocery list if you would like order groceries for delivery to Nativity House.

Waterleaf’s mission is to be the chosen destination for women facing an unplanned pregnancy, transforming their fear into confidence, by addressing their physical, spiritual and emotional needs, and equipping them to make healthy life-affirming decisions. Through God’s grace, they have celebrated the births of at least 1,300 babies. During this crisis, Planned Parenthood consolidated operations to seven locations and one of the locations is adjacent Waterleaf. Thanks to your support, they have been able to stay open and expand their hours to serve more women seeking abortion. Donate to Waterleaf here.