I am writing to personally thank you and your staff! I would not have made it this far if it wasn't for the support I received from you. Every single day, I am grateful that Houston Pregnancy Help Centers popped up first when I googled for help. I cannot thank you enough for everything you have done for us, from the time I made that very first phone call.
Nine months ago, I faced one of the greatest challenges of my life. I had just recently graduated from college, and landed my first public relations job with an awesome firm. Then four days into the job, I fainted and was rushed to the hospital only to find out I was 7 weeks pregnant. My thoughts and emotions went in overdrive and I was searching for direction from anyone who would give it. I could not concentrate on anything other than, "I just started my dream job, and now I'm pregnant! This is not what I had planned for my life!" One morning, I got up to pray and asked God for help. I googled the words, "pregnancy help in Houston." Your Downtown and Fifth Ward locations were the first resources available. I called and that phone conversation with Jaci is what saved me - her voice would not leave my ear - I cherish that consultation. The first thing she did when I met her was to give me a long hug and told me, "I felt that was what you needed." Jaci treated me with so much compassion, I knew God had answered my prayer.
The entire visit confirmed that I was supposed to be there. In the months that followed, I attended the Center's childbirth and nutrition classes that gave me all the necessary material I needed to be wiser and better prepared. I will always be grateful for you and HPHC because every time I look at my baby girl, I'll be thanking you for being a big part of our lives!
Allison's Story shared with written client permission. Name changed for confidentiality purposes.
Lisa was strongly considering abortion. When she arrived at the Fifth Ward center for her ultrasound appointment, she seemed detached. Towards the end of her ultrasound scan she glanced at the screen and said, “He looks just like his dad!” She began to cry and was now willing to share her story. She told us that in her home country she was forced to have an abortion at the same amount of weeks as this baby. She regretted never seeing an image of the child she lost.
We were able to connect her with a counselor on staff who was also from her country, and she found comfort in knowing someone could understand her from the perpective of a culture in which she was sodeeply rooted. This was definitely a divine appointment! Our counselor encouraged her to realize that she was not at fault for the things that happened to her, that Jesus offers forgiveness, and that this child was possibly the new beginning she needed! She felt the freedom to admit that she wanted to parent and the freedom to accept Christ as her redeemer! That day she chose to parent and we offered to walk with her through the process! We connected her with a church and with all the free resources available to her through Houston Pregnancy Help Centers! God truly redeems! You, Lord, took up my case; you redeemed my life. Lamentations 3:58
Lisa's Story shared with written client permission. Name changed for confidentiality purposes.