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Helping Women, Babies
We extend our heartfelt thanks to all who joined us or contributed to our Sept. 12 fundraising dinner for the Our Lady of Guadalupe Home.
Approximately 350 attended, and we needed over a dozen tables to accommodate many beautiful items donated by generous local businesses for our silent auction, raffle and door prizes.
As we mentioned at the banquet, one of our key goals is to provide a home for vulnerable mothers and babies in time of crisis. The generosity of the good people of Windsor and Essex County is essential to enable us to realize that goal, since our home is entirely funded by fundraisers and donations.
According to all reports, everyone enjoyed the dinner, the prizes and the music while providing our home with approximately $9,000 to realize our dream of helping women and babies in their time of need.
To find out more about Our Lady of Guadalupe Home, check out our website, ologhome.com, and our Facebook page.
Thank you and God bless you for your participation in this unique and essential work.
SR. LINDA DUBE, Our Lady of Guadalupe Home, Windsor
May 01, 2014 - 5:49 PM EDT
Last Updated: May 01, 2014 - 7:54 PM EDT
Pregnant and in crisis?
Call Our Lady of Guadalupe Home for Mothers at 519-962-4861 or visit ologhome.com.
Thanks to prayers, they say — and a particularly generous donation of a new home — a group of Catholic volunteers have created Windsor’s first residential program for pregnant women and new mothers in crisis.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Home for Mothers, so new that its dirt lawns have yet to be landscaped, will welcome as many as seven women and their babies for up to a year at a time.
The spacious seven-bed, four-bath home characterized by a modern feel and dark hardwood floors, was built courtesy of an anonymous donor. It will offer counselling and help on everything from life skills to breast feeding.
Ironically, it partly started with a challenge from those opposed to pro-life initiatives.
“In prayer, the Lord asked me to do something for the right-to-life movement,” Sister Linda Dube, who started spearheading the maternal home project four years ago, said Thursday. “But I didn’t know what ‘something’ was. So I went on the streets and participated in many prayer vigils. This is all about pro-life.
“We try to raise awareness. But some people don’t like what we’re doing. The second call came through these people who posed the question, ‘What are you doing to help women who are pregnant and in crisis?’”
The answer: the non-profit Our Lady of Guadalupe Home, on Alexandrine Street in the Remington Park area. Though it’s Catholic-based, the home welcomes all religious affiliations.
“Every woman I have ever spoken to who has ever had an abortion — forgive me for using the A-word — has said, ‘I felt I had no choice,’” said the Ursuline sister. “For women who have no place to go, we thought: Alright, we’ll provide a place to go.”
At the opening ceremony Thursday, Fr. Nichola Mauro Iko from St. Alphonsus Church blessed the home with prayer and sprinkles of holy water. A collection of supporters sang church hymns to organ music before enjoying an impressive array of pot-luck baked goods laid out on a kitchen table.
The home, which will open within weeks once city licencing is complete, is already nicely appointed with single beds and a number of cribs.
“It’s an important place for the community because we’re meeting a need,” said Elaine Paul, a social worker in Windsor the last 21 years who will serve as the live-in program director. “I’ve worked a lot with families and children and one of the main things I’ve seen with wounded, vulnerable children is poor attachment in that first year of life.
“It’s very important for me that we help women have that nurturing time.”
Our Lady of Guadalupe Non-Profit Home of Windsor:
February 1, 2014 from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.
591 Alexandrine, Windor, ON N8X 3B8
All Are Welcome !
Unofficial count (tickets sold): 275
BJ (Chancellor, Knights of Columbus, Holy Name of Jesus Council 3305 in Essex), and Patti Harrison brought a cheque today in the amount of $1,000.
50/50 Draw to Our Lady of Guadalupe: $120
Raffle sales came to $108.10
Extra donations: $165
Total donation to Our Lady of Guadalupe Non-Profit Home: $1,393.10
We are so very grateful to BJ and Patti, and to Council 3305, the first Council to do an official fundraiser for Our Lady of Gaudalupe Home. Be assured of our prayers and the gratitude of mothers and babies-to-be.
Sr. Linda Dube
Liz Litts · Top Commenter · Works at Jack of all Trades and Master of None
Good news! I was helped 27 years ago by a crisis pregency center and today I am the mother of a beautiful daughter-who is a successfull para-legal-and going for a law degree. It was tough, but Praise God -I had people who stood by me and my daughter and loved us. Hope this helps more women like me.
Heather Gartner · University of Windsor
Grab an empty baby bottle and fill it with donations to support them! So happy to hear of the ground breaking.
nice article in the Star
Suzie Pinky Ford · Volunteer at SunParlour Pregnancy and Resource Centre
Praise God for answered prayers. I volunteer at the Pregnancy and resource Center every Monday and I just love and I am so honored to share my testimony and help these young women.
It is a privilege...Thank you Lord....
Reply · 7 · · July 16 at 7:19pm Claudette M Sole
Congrats! Great new addition to Windsor.
Praise God.. Long overdue and a much needed service that all should be made aware of so they can tell those they know or meet who may need such a service as this.. A move in the right direction..
Mary-Lyn Kelly Vandolder · Windsor, Ontario
This is wonderful!
Shannon Rowen Smith
What a wonderful opportunity for women to get the support that is needed in Windsor! What a blessing this will be for women and their babies.
Nicholas Mauro Iko · Windsor, Ontario
It is indeed great, God is so good all the time, we praise him and we glory in him in all that we do, may he reward all of you who are doing him will in all that you do. Congrats to Windsor and Essex!
July 31, 2013 | Last Updated: Jul 31, 2013 - 8:13 UTC
Re: Shovel in ground for Windsor's first 'home for women in crisis pregnancy,' by Don Lajoie, July 16.
I'd like to submit the following letter as a means of clarification. I fear that some people might think that there are not already resources for women in crisis pregnancy.
There are. The only need that is not being met at this time is a residential program specifically designed to assist such women. On behalf of our board, I'd like to thank Don Lajoie for his informative and positive article about Our Lady of Guadalupe Non-Profit Home. Thanks are also in order to Deborah Kloos and Edward D. Stewart for their letters to the opinion page of The Windsor Star.
We are deeply grateful and encouraged by such expressions of support. Windsor and Essex County provide support for women in crisis pregnancy
through organizations such as Birthright and Sunparlour Pregnancy Resource Centre, just to mention two. Our Lady of Guadalupe Home will support pregnant women by providing the missing element - a residential program designed to meet the specific needs of women in crisis due to unplanned pregnancy.
Many have come forward to encourage us and to donate money and/or services, giving us reason to believe that Windsor and Essex County will help us to succeed in this endeavour.
SISTER LINDA DUBE, president,
Our Lady of Guadalupe Non-Profit Home of Windsor
Deborah Kloos, The Windsor Star
July 23, 2013 | Last Updated: Jul 23, 2013 - 9:04 UTC
Re: 'Crisis pregnancy' home to offer abortion alternative, by Don Lajoie, July 17.
It is great to see proactive work in helping pregnant women in crisis keep their babies.Women need a life-giving alternative to abortion. Sister Linda Dube, the committee involved in the development of this home and the generous person who donated the funds to make it possible should be praised. The aftereffects of abortion are detrimental to people. This offers a positive life giving alternative to abortion. It is a chance for women to have a healthy baby by providing good nutrition during their pregnancy, prenatal care, education, and a place to live with positive support systems which is crucial in the development of a healthy baby. As a community, if we all do our part in working together to help through donating our time and talents, all the little things we do to help can lead up to bigger things and change lives for the better. Children are the foundation of the future. Their lives are a worthy cause for the good of our world.
Don Lajoie, The Windsor Star
July 17, 2013 | Last Updated: Jul 17, 2013 - 6:07 UTC
Women "dealing with crisis pregnancies" in Windsor and Essex County will soon be provided with a different choice.
In decades past they were called homes for unwed mothers and they were relatively common. But Tuesday, organizers put the shovel in the ground to begin construction of what will be the area's only group home for pregnant women who plan on keeping their babies, the Our Lady of Guadalupe Non-Profit Home for Women in Crisis Pregnancy.
"Many girls I've met on the street find themselves pregnant out-of-wedlock and they panic, feeling their life is over," said Sister Linda Dube, president of the organization's board of directors. "Someone said to me 'what are you doing to help these women?'" Dube said she felt called upon to offer an alternative to abortion. The sod turning, on a vacant lot at Alexandrine Street and Remington Avenue, for a seven-room raised ranch-style house to be completed over the winter, was the answer.
Dube said she understands that onethird of pregnant young women opt for surgical abortions and, of those she has met, the vast majority stated that they felt "I had no other choice." The new home will give them that option, offering support, counselling and training in baby and home care while providing the opportunity for them to resume or continue their education.
Dube said the home will follow the model of the Fresh Start home in St. Thomas, the nearest such facility to Windsor outside of Michigan. Members of the new team will travel to St. Thomas to learn how that facility is run. She expects "several people" will be needed to staff the Windsor home seven days a week. The home will be "strictly non-denominational."
Asked how much the house would cost, Dube would not reveal the amount without board approval, although
she did add construction has been paid for through donations and community support. To operate the home, she added, more fundraising will be needed and she was confident the cash can be raised.
"I hope the Lord will inspire people to open their pocketbooks," she said. "Thy will be done. All we ask is nothing more and nothing less."
Asked why the old concept of a home for unwed mothers had largely faded away Dube replied that Canada's abortion laws have made that option more attractive and it was "easier to choose that to solve the problem." But, she added, it's a choice many regret and may not have made if someone had offered a group home setting with a house-mother and peer support.
However, she noted, with up to only eight spaces available at a time, she believes the need far outstrips the supply. "This is groundbreaking in every way," said Colette MacNeil, one of the board's directors. "There is no facility to provide residential support in Windsor or Essex County. This fills a serious gap in pregnancy and well-baby care ... No matter what side you're on in this issue of choice, we can celebrate this together ... There will be a whole range of supports for those who choose to have their babies."
That information even seemed to catch some of the dignitaries in attendance by surprise.
"This fills a tremendous gap in our community that I was not aware existed," said MPP Taras Natyshak (NDP - Essex). "I would have thought that (this kind of) service would be available ... But here we are in 2013 and this is just coming to fruition ... It should be shouted from the rooftops. This is here to help."
MP Jeff Watson (C - Essex), a longtime pro-life supporter, acknowledged that, for many young women who become pregnant while in school or beginning a career, "the choice is not always an easy one." He said the crisis intervention, counselling, oversight and support provided by a the new home will be essential.