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Marys Shelter

FOR THE LOVE OF LIFE

www.maryssheltergulfcoast.org Tax ID 31-1763841

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                                                              MISSION

Mary's Shelter Gulf Coast is a caring home for homeless pregnant women who choose life for their unborn child.

                                                                VISION                                                                         Mary's Shelter Gulf Coast provides family-style living while educating women in the life skills needed to become independent and contributing members of their community.

                                                              HISTORY

Mary's Shelter Gulf Coast (MSGC) was incorporated in 2001 to address the needs of women experiencing an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy. It is patterned on other existing and successful Mary's Shelters in Minnesota, Pennsylvania, California and Florida. The original founder of these Mary's Shelters, Jan Lindsay, was instrumental in founding MSGC, together with a core group of like-minded parishioners from St. Thomas-by-the-Sea in Orange Beach, Alabama. Thanks to the support of area churches, businesses and individuals who believed in our mission of providing a home to women who were homeless and pregnant, Mary's Shelter opened its doors in the spring of 2006.

Situated on the Gulf Coast of Alabama, MSGC accepts residents from all over the South. Our mothers come to us with no one to help them, no money and no place to live. By providing them with a home during this difficult time in their lives. we enable these women to become independent and self-sufficient. MSGC is the only maternity home in the country built specifically to function as a maternity home. Our home has ten resident suites, each complete with a full bath and walk in closet.

   Mary's Shelter Gulf Coast is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors. The facility is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During the work day, our Executive Director oversees all aspects of operating the home. She is assisted by a Case Manager, who helps our residents set goals for their future, and meets with each resident on a regular basis to review their progress and a House Manager who oversees the running of the home. A resident advisor is always on the premises 24/7. Also, many volunteers help with all aspects of the program, from resident transportation, to preparing mailings and performing upkeep on our facility.

   Please join MSGC as we continue to accomplish our Vision of caring for homeless pregnant women and their children.

                                                                   2018 in Review

  • 36 women were given a safe secure home
  • 13 babies were born to resident moms
  • 152 life skill classes were taught
  • 50 on-site parenting classes were taught
  • 5 women without high school diplomas received their GEDs
  • 33 women secured employment while at Mary's Shelter
  • 1 resident received her Medical Assistant Degree in Phlebotomy
  • 11 women became CPR certified
  • 6 residents purchased their own vehicles
  • 12 women completed the program and transitioned to independent living
  • 5 moms secured subsidized child care
  • 3 women earned a drivers license
  • 20 on-site cooking classes were taught
  • 6 children attended school while residing at Mary's Shelter
  • 1 resident received her Food Handler Certification