Elizabeth House helps young, struggling pregnant women

By: Britni McDonald Email
By: Britni McDonald Email

Posted Sunday, May 11, 2014-- 10:40 p.m.

"I didn't have nobody to depend on."

A woman we'll call "Maya" lost both her mother and father. She was pregnant in Stoughton, homeless and hopeless, until her public health nurse told her about Elizabeth House in Madison

"I can go to my doctor. I can work. I can go to school. I can eat. I have a bed, a shower. I have a lot," said Maya.

Now 9 months pregnant, Maya's been provided with everything she needs, everything she didn't have.

"It's for people who want to change their lives and change the lives of their children," said Elizabeth House director, Annetta Wright.

Maya is one of over a 100 young struggling women who have been taken in by Elizabeth House over the past 10 years.

"Women raising themselves and their siblings, women fleeing from domestic situation, women who need help," explained Wright.

It's a privately funded 6 to 12 month Care-Net program that offers not only a place to stay and food to eat, but also parenting classes, employment opportunities, and a support system.

"This is a real good program to be in. You can really stick to to your goals if you really want to change for your daughter," said Maya.

"I would love to see a place like this in every major city because there are a lot of hurting women who need that help who need someone to believe in them," said Wright.

For a Mother's Day campaign, several businesses are donating a percentage of their profits Sunday to Elizabeth House. Those include Yola's Cafe, Cool Beans Cafe, and Orange Leaf.

You can also make a donation anytime: http://www.carenetdane.org/friends/elizabethhouse.html

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