One of the most devastating problems facing a great number of young women today is that of an unplanned pregnancy. If she is alone, with no money, or in an unsuitable family situation where she might find herself homeless, fear and confusion could lead her to make a decision that she could regret all her life. Frequently, much pressure from parents, a boyfriend, or friends is put on the young woman to have an abortion. Facing this situation alone, without money or a place to go, she may feel that she has little or no "freedom of choice". What she desperately needs at this time is a refuge in a caring supportive home.
Mary’s Shelter is just such a place.
Mary’s Shelter of the Treasure Coast is a transitional home centrally located in Stuart, FL, near a hospital, adult high school and various agencies. It is a beautiful home that not only provides shelter, but the caring, well trained staff provides help in getting good medical care and counseling. There are many programs which provide parenting instruction, nutrition and menu planning, goal setting and then help the young women obtain or finish their education to achieve these goals. The young women are given a great deal of information to help them make a good, well informed decision on whether to parent their child or place it for adoption.
Mary’s Shelter does not influence the resident, we simply support her in her decision. The women are charged a nominal fee, according to what they are able to pay—in most cases, nothing. We welcome all pregnant women in need who are 18 or older, regardless of race, religion or nationality.