One-call outreach program To provide assistance for an unexpected or crisis pregnancy call 1 (855) 301-4CHS or visit www.chsli.org/pregnancy-support-services
Call the 24-hour for National Hotline 1-800-712-HELP (4357) or visit OPTIONLINE.ORG for Pregnancy Options & Resources
A woman or couple facing an unexpected pregnancy may feel anxious and overwhelmed, with a multitude of worries. It may be a single woman who had very different plans for her future, a teenager wondering how she will tell her family, or a couple already struggling to make ends meet. All too often, those in this situation feel pressure from friends, family members and others to terminate their pregnancy.
In these circumstances, it may seem as if abortion is the only option. Organizations offering prolife alternatives are currently less coordinated than abortion providers, who extend what appears to be an easy solution. However, the truth is that there are many resources available to help expectant mothers and their families.
Help Is Available
To provide assistance for an unexpected or crisis pregnancy, in collaboration with Catholic Charities, CHS has established a one-call outreach program via 1 (855) 301-4CHS with access to resources in the community. Services are given both to uphold the unborn baby’s right to life and help sustain mother and baby following birth. In this collaborative program with Catholic Charities, trained professionals offer expectant mothers encouragement and an array of practical support at this critical time and beyond, in the hope of helping the parents to continue the pregnancy.
Through this outreach program, a social worker/health care navigator is available by phone from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, supported 24/7 by a team of trained professionals evenings, weekends and holidays. All conversations are confidential and follow HIPAA guidelines. Referrals to medical appointments can be scheduled and transportation arranged. If social or immediate material assistance (food, shelter and clothing) is required, the navigator can provide information or connect callers with persons at agencies in the local area. Women and families in distress receive the respect and care they need to bring their baby safely to term.
Since needs exist beyond pregnancy, the comprehensive resources made available to callers will be beneficial after the baby’s delivery. The goal is to provide nonjudgmental support and guidance, with an emphasis on education regarding all the assistance within reach to continue the pregnancy. Couples or single women who are experiencing challenges should not feel alone.
Affirming the sanctity of life from the moment of conception, we respect the dignity of each person and continues Christ’s healing mission. Recognizing that abortion is prevalent on Long Island, this program is designed to be part of the solution, providing expert medical, social, economic, emotional and spiritual resources to those in crisis.