Affectionately referred to as "The Haven", our maternity shelter provides a safe, nurturing and educational home for up to ten young, pregnant mothers and their children.
We provide these vulnerable young families with healthy foods, safe shelter and basic needs including clothing, personal hygiene items and baby supplies. These necessities ensure that our mothers receive adequate nutrition, care and support to recover from their bout with homelessness, meet their children’s growing needs and enjoy a healthy pregnancy.
More than a place, our residents participate in a rigorous goal planning and educational program exposing them to the knowledge and skills they will need to live independently and to provide for their children.
Risk & Challenges
Every young woman served by The Haven of Grace meets the following criteria:
- 18-24 years old
- pregnant (at least 16 weeks)
- homeless (or at imminent risk of becoming homeless)
Beyond that, it’s very difficult to compare the young women we serve. They each have a story of their own.
Some come to us as high school graduates (about 50 percent) with work history and some college experience; others come with elementary reading levels, no diploma and disparagingly low employability skills. We serve some women who were raised in foster care and others raised in two-parent families. Some have been victims of abuse, others the confused witnesses of a parent’s eviction or foreclosure. Most of the clients we serve are residents of the city of St. Louis, but others arrive from surrounding counties. In some cases, they are left stranded in our area without family or friends.