JMJ Maternity Homes, a Catholic faith-based 501(c)3, provides homeless or imminently homeless pregnant women; food, shelter, clothing, assistance in accessing medical and mental health services, referrals and transportation for social services, individualized case management, in home programs, classes and other support services in a safe, nurturing, homelike environment. Our program facilitates prenatal and post-partum health and promotes the welfare of mother and child.
We believe in the sanctity of the human person, the dignity of all human life and are guided by and adhere to the social and moral teachings of the Catholic Church. While acting in accord with Catholic religious identity, we respect the religious beliefs of all individual clients, staff, volunteers and board members.
Since 2007 JMJ Maternity Homes has helped over 150 women and their children. Our mission began with our first home Mary’s Mantle, donated by a generous family inspired by the love of God to assist pregnant women in very difficult and stressful situations. In June 2009 we moved to our current location in Atwater, California, a facility generously leased to us through the Catholic Diocese of Fresno. This larger facility allows us to provide shelter for up to 7 women and their children.
We provide each resident with essential professional Case Management services. Mental health, domestic abuse/sexual assault, and substance abuse assessments are included in all initial placement interviews and referrals are made when appropriate. On a case by case basis, we accept pregnant mothers with additional young children. We work with social service agencies to facilitate the reunification, when appropriate, of mothers with their children who may be temporarily in the custody of a foster family. Many mothers have been successfully reunited with their children. Fathers may be involved if conducive to the welfare of the mother and child. Our resident financial accountability program requires transparency with all income sources. Residents learn to budget and contribute 1/3 of their income to program fees, 1/3 to personal savings and 1/3 to personal needs. All residents are entered into the Homeless Management Information System which opens opportunities after they give birth for transition into secure housing and more independent living.
Many volunteers including alumni provide program services, transportation and day and overnight assistance. A dedicated staff of volunteers collects and organizes all the material donations we receive from the community. By volunteering in our "thrift shop" Martha's Closet, residents earn service hours and receive donated items of maternity/baby clothing, bassinets, cribs, diapers, bed and bath supplies, furniture and other household items they may need when transitioning to independent living. The JMJ Board of Directors is comprised of recognized members of the community, business leaders, public health professionals, educators, and philanthropists who devote their expertise, time and resources to our mission. If you would like more information about our program, are interested in volunteering, making a financial contribution or donating material items please call us at…. 209-769-7092 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.