Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri breaks ground for new crisis maternity home in Cape Girardeau

CAPE GIRARARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO) held a groundbreaking Wednesday for a new crisis maternity home in Cape Girardeau.

The Cape Girardeau main office is currently located at 231 Main Street. The new crisis maternity home will also be located on Main Street.

Cape Girardeau Mayor Bob Fox, Bishop Edward Rice, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri Mara Taylor, Director of Special Projects of Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri Michele Marsh, Regional Director of Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri Jeremy Rowland, and representatives from Sen. Roy Blunt’s and Sen. Josh Hawley’s offices participated in the groundbreaking.

Some dirt from the monastery in Springfield was brought to mix in with the dirt in Cape Girardeau during the groundbreaking.

CCSOMO was recently awarded a $675,000 Challenge Grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation (Midland, TX) in support of its ongoing capital campaign to build the LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home. The Mabee Foundation’s challenge grant will provide the campaign $675,000 if Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri receives donations of $536,000 ($1.25 for each $1 raised) by July 13, 2022.

LifeHouse is a 24/7 transitional residential housing program that provides residents with safe shelter, food, and clothing. They also have access to prenatal and post-delivery health care; long-term comprehensive case management and counseling; social services; transportation; increased educational opportunities; budgeting, life, parenting, and relationship skills. Residents are provided assistance with employment and obtaining permanent housing. Women come at different times during their pregnancy and may stay up to a year after delivery.

Since its founding in 2013, LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home in Springfield has proven transformational for the pregnant women in its care who rise out of homelessness and traumatic histories into healthy self-sufficient families. Building another LifeHouse in Cape Girardeau will bring services and resources to homeless pregnant women aged 18 and older, their infants, and young children in southeast Missouri. Women can come at different times during their pregnancy and may stay up to a year after delivery. After program completion and transitioning into their own housing, women are eligible to enter the 2-year AfterCare Program where case management and resource connection continues while they work toward maintaining stability.

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