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Pregnant? Parenting? You are not alone. There are resources on campus and in the community to support you as you seek your college degree.

General

Contact Information

There are a variety of Gonzaga University departments that are available to answer your questions regarding your student and parenting needs. Please pursue the following departments for help with health, academic, financial, housing, and other concerns.

Gonzaga Students for Life
https://gonzaga.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/SFL
President of Gonzaga Students for Life: Katherine Thrasher
Pregnant on Campus Initiative Coordinator: Megan Lowrie
Email: sfl.gonzaga@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GonzagaSFL/

Title IX Coordinator
http://www.gonzaga.edu/Campus-Resources/Offices-and-Services-A-Z/Human-Resources/TitleIX/
Title IX Coordinator: Stephanie Whaley
Office: 102 E. Boone
Phone: 509-313-6910
E-mail: whaleys@gonzaga.edu

Gonzaga University Student Health and Counseling Center
http://www.gonzaga.edu/Student-Life/Health-Center/default.asp
Location: 704 East Sharp (Corner of Sharp & Dakota)
Phone: (509) 313-4052
Email: studenthealth@gonzaga.edu
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday: 8am-5pm; Thursday: 10am-5pm o General Services: http://www.gonzaga.edu/Student-Life/Health-Center/Services.asp
Pregnancy Testing is available through the Health Center.
Health Rides Services: http://www.gonzaga.edu/Student-Life/Health-Center/HealthRide.asp
Eligibility: Currently registered Gonzaga students are eligible for services. Students must present their Gonzaga University Student Identification card prior to each visit.

Office of Academic Advising and Assistance
http://www.gonzaga.edu/Campus-Resources/Offices-and-Services-A-Z/Academic-Advising-Assistance/default.asp 
Location: Foley Center Library, Suite 122, 502 E. Boone, AD Box 27, Spokane, WA 99258-0027
Phone: (509) 313-4072
Toll-Free: (800) 965-9223
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:00 am – Noon; 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tutoring: http://www.gonzaga.edu/Campus-Resources/Offices-and-Services-A-Z/LearningStrategies/Tutoring.asp

Financial Aid Office
http://www.gonzaga.edu/Campus-Resources/Offices-and-Services-A-Z/Student-Financial-Services/Financial-Aid/
502 E. Boone Avenue, Spokane, WA 99258-0072, College Hall, Room 129
Phone: (509) 313-6582
Toll Free: 1 (800) 793-1716
Email: finaid@gonzaga.edu
Office Hours: Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.: 8AM – 5PM; Weds.: 9:30AM – 5PM
Types of Aid: http://www.gonzaga.edu/Campus-Resources/Offices-and-Services-A-Z/Student-Financial-Services/Financial-Aid/types-of-aid/default.asp

Housing and Residence Life
http://www.gonzaga.edu/student-life/Housing-Res-Life/default.asp
Crosby Center 201
Phone: 509-313-4103
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (except University holidays)
Residence Life Contacts: http://www.gonzaga.edu/student-life/Housing-Res-Life/contact-us.asp 
On Campus Living: http://www.gonzaga.edu/Student-Development/Housing-Res-Life/lower-division/default.asp
Off Campus Living: http://www.gonzaga.edu/Student-Development/Housing-Res-Life/upper-division/off-campus-rentals.asp
Off Campus Virtual Bulletin Board: https://gonzagaoffcampus.org

Campus Public Safety and Security
http://www.gonzaga.edu/Student-Development/Campus-Public-Safety-and-Security/
1117 N Dakota, Spokane, WA 99258-0076 (Basement of Welch Hall)
Phone: 509-313-2222
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm

University Ministry
www.gonzaga.edu/um
502 E. Boone Avenue – MSC 2473, Spokane,Wa 99258-2473
Located in the Hemmingson Center 1st floor Suite 104
Phone: 509-313-4242
Email: umin@gonzaga.edu

Class Options

Office of Academic Advising and Assistance
http://www.gonzaga.edu/Campus-Resources/Offices-and-Services-A-Z/Academic-Advising-Assistance/default.asp
Location: Foley Center Library, Suite 122, 502 E. Boone, AD Box 27, Spokane, WA 99258-0027
Phone: (509) 313-4072
Toll-Free: (800) 965-9223
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:00 am – Noon; 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tutoring: http://www.gonzaga.edu/Campus-Resources/Offices-and-Services-A-Z/LearningStrategies/Tutoring.asp

Peer-to-Peer Support

For peer-to-peer support at Gonzaga University, please reach out to Gonzaga Students for Life

Gonzaga Students for Life
https://gonzaga.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/SFL
President of Gonzaga Students for Life: Katherine Thrasher
Pregnant on Campus Initiative Coordinator: Megan Lowrie
Email: sfl.gonzaga@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GonzagaSFL/

Policies Concerning Pregnant & Parenting Students

PROTECTION FROM PREGNANCY AND PARENTING DISCRIMINATION

Gonzaga University abides by Title IX, meaning that the school will not discriminate against you if you are a pregnant or parenting student. For information about your student rights and available accommodations, contact:

Title IX Coordinator
http://www.gonzaga.edu/Campus-Resources/Offices-and-Services-A-Z/Human-Resources/TitleIX/
Title IX Coordinator: Stephanie Whaley
Office: 102 E. Boone
Phone: 509-313-6910
E-mail: whaleys@gonzaga.edu

 

Gonzaga University Policies and Procedures
http://www.gonzaga.edu/Campus-Resources/Offices-and-Services-A-Z/Human-Resources/Policies-and-Procedures-Manual/files/PPM1.1.2017.pdf

  • Housing: The Gonzaga University school housing policy states that, if a woman becomes pregnant while living on campus, she is able to continue living on campus until she gives birth. Once she has the child, however, she can no longer live on campus with the child. See “Housing Off Campus” for university and local housing options.

Housing

Housing On Campus

To learn more about housing options at Gonzaga University, please contact Housing and Residence Life:

Housing and Residence Life
http://www.gonzaga.edu/student-life/Housing-Res-Life/default.asp
Office Location: Crosby Center 201
Phone: 509-313-4103
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (except University holidays)
Residence Life Contacts: http://www.gonzaga.edu/student-life/Housing-Res-Life/contact-us.asp
On Campus Living: http://www.gonzaga.edu/Student-Development/Housing-Res-Life/lower-division/default.asp

*Please note: The school housing policy states that if a woman becomes pregnant while living on campus, she is able to continue living on campus until she gives birth. Once she has the child, however, she can no longer live on campus with the child. Please see “Housing Off Campus” for housing suggestions.

Housing Off Campus

UNIVERSITY HOUSING

University Off Campus Housing
http://www.gonzaga.edu/student-life/Housing-Res-Life/default.asp
Off Campus Living: http://www.gonzaga.edu/Student-Development/Housing-Res-Life/upper-division/off-campus-rentals.asp
Off Campus Virtual Bulletin Board: https://gonzagaoffcampus.org
Office Location: Crosby Center 201
Phone: 509-313-4103
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (except University holidays)

 

HOUSING ASSISTANCE

Catholic Charities Spokane
http://www.catholiccharitiesspokane.org/
12 E 5th Avenue, PO Box 2253, Spokane WA 99210-2253
Phone: 509-358-4250
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Catholic-Charities-Spokane/117844471560026
Services: Childbirth and Parenting Assistance, Counseling, Food Assistance, Housing, Furniture Bank

Washington: Rental Help
Department of Housing and Urban Development
http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/states/washington/renting
HUD helps apartment owners offer reduced rents to low-income tenants. To apply, contact or visit the management office of each apartment building that interests you. For public housing vouchers, call (800) 955-2232, or email pihirc@hud.gov for more information.

 

SEARCH FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING OPTIONS

HousingSearchWA
http://www.housingsearchnw.org/
HousingSearchNW.org is a free resource to help you find a home in the state of Washington that fits your needs and budget. Property owners and managers can post apartments or homes for rent any time, which means that our list is always current.

 

LOCAL MATERNITY HOMES (SPOKANE)

Aston Bleck Apartments
www.voaspokane.org/Services/Affordable-Housing/Aston-Bleck-Apartments
525 W 2nd Ave, Second Floor, Spokane, WA 99201
Phone: 509- 624-2378
Email: astonbleck@voaspokane.org
Hours: 9am-5pm M-F

Alexandria’s House
http://www.voaspokane.org/alexandrias-house
2236 W Pacific Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201
Contact: Jill Staples
Phone: 509-489-0349
Alexandria’s House is a loving home where young women (ages 16-20) get the support and guidance they need to take the first steps to becoming powerful mothers who lead thriving families. With the help of our compassionate live-in staff, young mothers learn to create a warm and loving home atmosphere and provide proper care for their babies.

Catholic Charities: St. Margaret’s Shelter
http://www.catholiccharitiesspokane.org/st-margarets-shelter
101 E. Hartson. Avenue, Spokane, WA 99202
Contact: Jodi Nelson
Phone: 509-624-9788
Services: Housing for up to 2 years, Case management, Life Skills classes, Kid’s Club, Homework Club, Parenting Assistance

 

TRANSITIONAL HOUSING

Transitions Housing
http://www.help4women.org/housing
3128 N Hemlock, Spokane, WA 99205
Transitional Living Center Phone: (509) 325-2959
Transitional Living Center Email: info@help4women.org
Miryam’s House Contact: (509) 747-9222
Transitions’ offers 39 housing units for homeless women and families.

  • Miryam’s House is a residential program with nine private rooms and one apartment in a community living environment.
  • The Transitional Living Center is a residential program for homeless women with children. It has sixteen 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments.
  • Transitions’ also has 5 supportive apartments in various locations around Spokane funded by the Washington Families Fund (WFF).
  • The Chiara House is a duplex located adjacent to Transitional Living Center with two rental apartments.
  • Transitions has just filled six permanent supportive housing units, three 3 bedroom, two 2 bedroom, and one 1 bedroom. These units, for women with children, are permanent homes for families and have support services.

Union Gospel Mission Crisis Women’s Shelter
https://www.uniongospelmission.org/crisis-shelter-for-women-and-children/
1515 E Illinois Avenue, Spokane, WA 99207
Phone: 509-535-0486
Email: info@uniongospelmission.org
Online Contact Form: https://www.uniongospelmission.org/contact-us/
The Crisis Shelter for Women and Children exists to provide a safe, healthy, short-term refuge for women and children in crisis. The Shelter’s number one priority is not to turn anyone away due to lack of space. A playground for younger children was created adjacent to the facility, providing a safe, clean, play area for the children at the shelter and in the surrounding neighborhood.

Salvation Army Housing and Essential Needs Program
http://www.makingspokanebetter.org/spokane/homeless-and-housing-services

  • Stepping Stones Transitional Housing: A 30-unit apartment complex for homeless families with children that are at or below 30% of the area median income for Spokane County. All families must participate in case management and Life Skills classes. Families may reside in this program for up to 24 months while they work toward increasing their income, pay off debt, address issues that led to their homelessness, while working toward affordable housing. For information about Stepping Stones, call: (509) 325-6810.
  • Family Emergency Shelter: Helping Families In Crisis! 18 fully furnished, self-contained, studio units for homeless families with children or couples without children. Participants can stay for up to 90 days while working with a case manager, attending monthly Life Skills classes, working to increase their income and looking for appropriate, affordable housing. There is also a Warming Center for families and couples that do not have shelter during times when the temperature drops to 15 degrees or below. For information call: (509) 325-5005

Catholic Charities: House of Charity
http://www.catholiccharitiesspokane.org/house-of-charity
32 West Pacific, P.O. Box 2253, Spokane, WA 99210-2253
Phone: 509-624-7821
*Services are primarily for the homeless, mentally ill and chemically dependent.

HOPE House Women’s Shelter
http://www.voaspokane.org/hope-house
111 W. 3rd Avenue, Spokane, WA
Phone: 509-455-2886
Email: hopehouse@voaspokane.org
Services are primarily for the homeless, mentally ill, and chemically dependent.

 

OTHER MATERNITY HOMES (IN STATE)

Hannah’s House
Mustard Seed Ministries of Rural America
202 W Blackburn #5, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Phone: (360) 424-6797
E-mail: donna@mseed.org
Director: Donna Liddle
Description: Hannah’s House takes in young women who are pregnant and in distress (e.g., escaping a violent environment or homeless). We give them unconditional love, compassion, and hope. We’re able to accommodate six to eight young women in a rented house in Mount Vernon. In a family environment we work to provide physical care, emotional healing, education, adoption education, friendship, follow-up care, and partnerships. We recognize that lives will be transformed by a holistic approach of Mind, Body, and Soul.

Special Delivery
Redmond, WA
http://www.occ.org/specialdelivery/
Phone: 425-485-3582
Email: specialdelivery@occ.org
Description: Special Delivery, a ministry to single mothers with unplanned pregnancies, is committed to focusing on the needs of the whole person – physical, emotional and spiritual. Special Delivery helps women at any point in their pregnancy, including delivery and post-delivery…as long as support is needed. From short-term housing, to food, clothing and supplies for both mother and baby, the caring volunteers and and ministry staff at Special Delivery are here to help.

Clothing/Food Assistance

Maternity Clothes and Baby Items

Being a parent and a student is tough on the bills! Finding places and people to help support your family’s material needs will help ease that burden. For material assistance (such as maternity clothes, baby items, etc), please contact the following organizations:

 

i-CHOICE/Life Services on Ash
http://www.lifeservices.org/
2659 N Ash Street, Spokane WA 99205
24/7 Helpline: (888) 486-HOPE (4673) or 509-327-0701
Email: info@lifeservices.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Life-Services-of-Spokane/275444792713
Hours: Monday/Thursday 9am-8pm, Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday 9am-5pm
Services: Options Information, Ultrasound, Material Aid, Adoption Support, Maternity Home, After Abortion Support, Parenting Classes, Parenting Support, STD/STI Information, Mentoring, Men’s Program

iChoice Mobile Clinic Central
204 East Indiana Avenue, Spokane, WA 99207
Parking Location: Salvation Army Food Bank parking lot
Phone: (509) 462-4000
Open: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Baskets for Babies
10814 E Broadway Ave
Spokane Valley, WA 99206
Phone: (509) 214-2634
http://www.basketsforbabies.org/

Catholic Charities Spokane 
http://www.catholiccharitiesspokane.org/
12 E 5th Avenue, PO Box 2253, Spokane WA 99210-2253
Phone: 509-358-4250
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Catholic-Charities-Spokane/117844471560026
Services: Childbirth and Parenting Assistance, Counseling, Food Assistance, Housing, Furniture Bank

Goodwill
The Goodwill and other thrift stores offer low priced items. You can find clothing, houseware, and other miscellaneous supplies. To locate a Goodwill store near you, go to http://www.goodwill.org/locator/.

Local Churches and Religious Communities
Local churches often have outreaches and ministries that serve their community. Contact the religious organizations in your area, and inquire about programs that may provide material support.

 

Assistance With Food

LOCAL FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

Catholic Charities Spokane
http://www.catholiccharitiesspokane.org/
12 E 5th Avenue, PO Box 2253, Spokane WA 99210-2253
Phone: 509-358-4250
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Catholic-Charities-Spokane/117844471560026
Services: Childbirth and Parenting Assistance, Counseling, Food Assistance, Housing, Furniture Bank

 

STATE FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

WIC (Women, Infants and Children)
http://wic.fns.usda.gov/wps/pages/start.jsf
The purpose of WIC is to ensure that women and their children are eating nutritious foods that their body needs. WIC provides eligible applicants with checks to purchase designated healthy foods from local grocery stores. They also provide help with breastfeeding including free breast pumps and formula. Contact your local office by calling their toll-free number found here: http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/toll-free-numbers-wic-state-agencies. For help in Washington, please call 1-800-841-1410.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps
https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap
If eligible, the SNAP program will help pay your grocery bill so that you and your child can eat well while you attend school. To be eligible, students must be a single parent who has a child under age of 6 in the home. The applicant may not have over 2,000 in cash or bank account assets. Student loans do not count as assets. For help in Washington, please go to http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/outreach/states/washington.htm, or call 1-877-501-2233.

 

 

Child Care

National Resources

If you qualify as a “low-income” family:

Early Head Start
Early Head Start is a child development program for low-income families. Each Early Head Start program is responsible for determining its’ own eligibility criteria. Family income is one key factor in determining eligibility. The federal poverty guidelines (http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/) are used to evaluate family income. Early Head Start programs may elect to target their services to a particular population to best meet the unique needs of families and children in their community. Please contact the EHS program in your area (http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/HeadStartOffices) for specific information about how to enroll in your local Early Head Start.

Head Start
The Head Start Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), provides grants to local private, nonprofit and public agencies to provide child care services to low-income families. Local Head Start programs are authorized to accept a certain percentage of children whose family incomes are above the poverty level and, under certain conditions, pregnant women. HHS provides on its website a Head Start Program Locator Tool.

Childcare and Development Fund
The Child Care and Development Fund, a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides child care grants each year to state, tribal, and U.S. territory governments to assist low-income families. The program uses vouchers and provider contracts to provide subsidized child care to eligible families, which include parents and the primary caregivers of children 12 years of age and under, or disabled persons under 19 years of age. Eligible applicants are employed, enrolled in a job training or education program, or are under court supervision directives that require child care. HHS provides state and tribal contacts on its website. Local departments of social services can also provide information about the program.

Other Tips for Affordable Childcare

Catholic Charities- Childbirth and Parenting Assistance (CAPA) Program
http://www.catholiccharitiesspokane.org/capa-2
12 E 5th Avenue, PO Box 2253, Spokane WA 99210-2253
Phone: 509-455-4986
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Childbirth-and-Parenting-Assistance-CAPA-Program/484383195444
Description: http://www.catholiccharitiesspokane.org/capa-2

Catholic Charities Spokane- St. Anne’s Children and Family Center
http://stanneskids.com/
25 W 5th Avenue, Spokane, WA 99204
Phone: (509) 232-1111
Online Contact Form: http://stanneskids.com/contact/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stanneskids
St. Anne’s Children and Family Center enrolls children 4 weeks to 6 years old. Please Contact us for more information. We hold New Family Orientations the first Monday of every month at 5:45pm for families interested in St. Anne’s. Any questions in regards to New Family Orientations please contact Jasyn Bourne at jbourne@ccspokane.org.

Transitions Childcare
http://www.help4women.org/programs/educare
3128 N Hemlock, Spokane, WA 99205
EduCare is an onsite licensed day care for the children that reside or are alumnae of the Transitional Living Center. Childcare consists of a nurturing environment for toddlers, a preschool program, an after school/ summer program for school aged children and a USDA funded food program for the children in our care. It allows the parents to pursue work, school or other needed services while living at the Transitional Living Center.

ChildcareCenter.us
http://childcarecenter.us/
The Child Care Center website is the largest directory for childcare services in the nation, with over 250,000 childcare centers, home daycare providers, nannies, and babysitters to give you the best choices possible for your child’s care. Use this resources to identify available providers in your state.

Childcareaware.org and Daycareproviders.com help you search for childcare providers in your area as well as guides on what to look for in each childcare

Local Church Affiliations: Another great option is to approach your local church about after school care or extended daycare hours. Usually, they will offer church members free care or very cheap assistance. Most of the time these pre-schools and daycare have much less strict requirements than a Government Daycare Assistance program. This is a great alternative to finding a home daycare or after school program that can end up costing upwards of $150 a week.

In-home childcare can be a cheaper option, as well as scheduling your classes in blocks. So you may only have two to three blocks a week that you need childcare.

Meet-up Groups: Also, look into Meet-up Groups (meetup.org) and look for categories including parenting, babysitting co-ops, and childcare.

 

Child Support

According to the Federal Government, every child is entitled to receive financial assistance from both parents. It is important to secure this as soon as possible after giving birth.

Here are what steps need to be taken:

  1. The baby’s father calls your state’s child support department to receive information on how to acknowledge paternity. Typically, the father will have to attain a paternity affidavit or by way of court order in order to gain parental rights and responsibilities.
  2. You and the baby’s father will then visit your state’s child support department: Washington State Division of Child Support.

Washington State Division of Child Support

Telephone: (360) 664-5321 or (800) 922-4306
Fax: (360) 664-5303
Contact: http://www.dshs.wa.gov/dcs/webform.asp

Mailing: Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Division of Child Support
P.O. Box 11520
Tacoma, Washington 98411-5520

SupportKids

SupportKids is the largest private child support collection company in the country offering custodial parents an alternative to government agencies. For more information, please go to http://www.supportkids.com, or call (800) 691-KIDS.

Lactation Rooms on Campus

Gonzaga University Lactation Locations
https://www.gonzaga.edu/Campus-resources/offices-and-services-a-Z/Human-Resources/Benefits/Work-Life/LactationRooms.asp
For access to lactation rooms, contact Human Resources: 509-313-5996. All rooms are equipped with comfortable seating, a table and outlet. Privacy has been added to ensure moms feel comfortable.

6 Lactation Locations:

  • Human Resources – Room 13 (key can be picked up at the front desk)
  • Law School – Room 362 (contact Laura Miller, Chastek Law LIbrary room 173 or at x3781 for the code to enter the room)
  • Foley Library – Room 307 just off the staff room (key can be picked up at the circulation desk and the administration office)
  • Plant Services – Room 28 (key can be picked up at the customer service desk)
  • School of Business – Room 118 (key can be picked up in the Dean’s office area from Maureen Duclos, Dorothy Greenamyer or Kathy Morrison)
  • Tilford Center – Room 027 in the Lower Level (key can be picked up from Shannon Zaranski room TC312 or x3569)
Child Safety Seat Inspection

Generally, Police Department and Fire Departments in your town give free child safety seat lessons, and most give away free child car seats if you take this class. Call around, and see who may donate these items.

Providence Health& Safety
washington.providence.org
Bring your child and car seat. Our certified safety technicians will check your car seat, help you understand passenger safety laws, show you how to choose the right car seat and give you handy car seat safety tips … all for free!

AAA of Washington– By appointment only
1718 W. Fourth Avenue, Spokane
Phone: (509) 358-6942

Cheney Fire Department– By appointment only
611 S. Fourth Street, Cheney
Phone: (509) 498-9291

Liberty Lake Police Department– By appointment only
22710 E. Country Vista Drive, Liberty Lake
Phone: (509) 755-6709

Shriners Children’s Hospital– By appointment only
91 W. Fifth Avenue, Spokane
Phone: (509) 342-0110

Insurance

Insurance For Low-Income Families

AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE

Your health is paramount to not only your family, but to you. One of the main problems that young single parents face in the healthcare arena is… affordability! It is crucial that families have the type of plan that will give the best service, the best coverage and the best rates. Plans are varied and each profile is unique to the family and to the company you are applying to. We all need healthcare. Today your family might be healthy, but tomorrow a catastrophic illness or accident could strike. You will need the confidence in knowing that insurance is there to protect your assets.

To see if you qualify for Medicaid or CHIP, visit https://www.healthcare.gov/.

YOUR SCHOOL POLICY

Gonzaga does not have a school-sponsored insurance plan. Instead, Gonzaga encourages students to visit the Washington Health Benefit Exchange website which provides an online marketplace for students to compare low-cost medical insurance options: https://www.wahealthplanfinder.org/_content/Homepage.html.

Insurance For Your Child

CHIP (Child’s Health Insurance Program)
This program provides free or low cost health insurance for children up to age 19. This insurance covers doctor visits, immunizations, hospitalizations and emergency room visits. The income limit changes yearly and currently a family’s gross income must be below 200 percent federal poverty level (FPL) for the children to get CHIP coverage. Generally, a family’s gross income must be below 133 percent FPL for children age one to five years to get Medicaid. Find more information and apply at www.chipmedicaid.org.

Financing Your Education

Government Grants

Academic Competitiveness Grant
https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships
The federal government also offers students with the opportunity to obtain needed college funds through the Academic Competitiveness Grant, or ACG. This grant may be used in conjunction with Pell Grants. Unlike Pell Grants, however, the ACG is performance-based. It is designed for those who are enrolled in the first or second year of their college education. Application is open to all students who submit a Free Application for Financial Student Aid.

Federal Pell Grant
www.fafsa.ed.gov
Pell Grants are available to all college students who can demonstrate financial need, including single mothers and pregnant mothers. This is a need-based program offered through the federal government, so it is best suited for low-income individuals. The Federal Pell Grant can be extremely useful to finance study material cost and the tuition fees of university. Reward amounts may be as high as $5,000 per semester for those who qualify. Applications can be conducted online by completing the Free Application for Financial Student Aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Students should research application deadlines to ensure that funds are received for the upcoming semester as needed.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/fseog
This is another grant offered by the federal government. It is a need-based grant like Pell Grants, and it is designed to be used as a supplemental financing option in conjunction with Pell Grants. As with the previous two federal grants, interested candidates can complete the Free Application for Financial Student Aid to be considered for this program.

Private Foundations

Women’s Opportunity Awards
http://www.soroptimist.org/awards/awards.html
Soroptomist International has the Women’s Opportunity Awards are given to women who serve as the primary head of their household, so basically single moms. Depending on the woman’s financial need and the cost of tuition at her chosen school, this award could pay for a mom’s entire college education.

R.O.S.E. Scholarship
www.rosefund.org
The letters in the R.O.S.E. Scholarship stand for Regaining One’s Self Esteem, and the R.O.S.E. Scholarship is awarded to women who are survivors of domestic violence and abuse. This award gives financial assistance to survivors of abuse planning to attend any four-year college in the New England area. In order to be eligible for a R.O.S.E. Scholarship, women must have already attended one full year of undergraduate studies at a college in New England, and is interviewed by the scholarship committee to establish need. The R.O.S.E. fund does much more than pay scholarships; the fund also helps women pay for reconstructive surgery after incidences of abuse and even find work and lodging after leaving an abusive relationship. Though not aimed specifically at moms, many mothers qualify for financial aid money from the R.O.S.E. Foundation.

Jeanette Rankin Foundation
www.rankinfoundation.org
Jeannette Rankin Foundation hands out scholarships to women age 35 or older who show an interest in higher education. During that time, 500 plus women have earned awards to attend the college of their choice through Jeanette Rankin scholarships. These offers are for women pursuing a four-year degree. The Foundation hands out about 15 scholarships a year, with the amount of the award dependent on financial need. No, Jeanette Rankin Foundation scholarships are not targeted at moms, but if you’re a mom 35 or older, you qualify to apply for a scholarship from the Jeanette Rankin Foundation.

The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund
http://www.mmmf-grants.org/
The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund gives 20 scholarships each year to 20 women around the world who want to return to earn a college degree. The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund is sponsored and run by the World Bank, and awards educational grants to women from North America as well as some developing countries around the world. To earn these awards, a woman has to plan to pursue graduate studies that benefit women and children’s health worldwide. That means the main criteria is an essay and phone interview to establish a woman’s commitment to improving the lives of underprivileged women and children. These awards are worth $12,000 a year toward college costs, and are renewable for four years.

SWE Scholarship
www.swe.org
Women who are enrolled in a program focused on computer science, engineering or engineering technology may consider applying for an SWE scholarship. There are several different scholarships and grants awarded each summer to prospective students who are either sophomore, junior, senior, or grad students in an accredited program. The financial support options include endowed scholarships, corporate-sponsored scholarships, and grants.

Emerge Scholarship Program
www.emergescholarships.org
The Emerge Scholarship program has been helping women pay for a college education since 2001. The program is designed to help women who have already had significant real-life experiences such as stay-at-home mothers, women who are considering switching careers, those who graduated from high school years ago and did not have the opportunity to attend or finish college earlier in life, or who otherwise are non-traditional students. These scholarships are generally not awarded to those who already have received financial aid, and funds can only be applied toward tuition and fees rather than supplementing living-related expenses.

Patsy Takemoto Mink Scholarship for Low-Income Women
www.patsyminkfoundation.org
This scholarship program was founded in 2003 by Congresswoman Patsy Takemoto Mink. Throughout her career, Congresswoman Mink has worked to promote education and support resources available for low-income women and their children. Her foundation provides financial assistance to low-income women enrolled in a higher education program or a specialized training program. The number of awards and the amount of the awards will vary from year to year. In 2012, five scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each will be awarded.

Sister Thea Bowman Foundation
https://theabowmanfoundation.org/scholarships/
The Sister Thea Bowman Foundation is an example of a group dedicated to a specific cause; providing funds for single African-American mothers to attend the College of St. Mary. That college, located in Omaha, Nebraska, works closely with the Sister Thea Bowman Foundation to hand out plenty of scholarships to young black single moms who want to better themselves. You can find similar organizations at colleges all over the country.

Scholarships For Moms
www.scholarships4moms.com
Scholarships for Moms is a scholarship program that is available to single or married women who are mothers or who are pregnant. Essentially, any college student or prospective college student who is a mother may apply. The program will award up to $10,000 in money to be used for higher education costs to the recipient of the scholarship. The scholarship application can also be completed online at the above website.

P.E.O. Sisterhood
www.peointernational.org
P.E. O. Sisterhood has been providing women with the financial assistance they need to attend college and improve their lives. Scholarships are mostly awarded to mothers. In addition to scholarships, the organization also helps mothers fund their college education through grants and loans. In total, this organization has provided over 77,000 women with financial assistance, and this assistance has totaled over $200 million dollars over the past 150 years.

Women’s Independence Scholarship Program (otherwise known as WISP)
www.wispinc.org
WISP is designed to help women obtain the money they need to attend college and earn a higher education degree. The program is suited for survivors of domestic abuse from an intimate partner such as a spouse or a boyfriend. The program prefers to award scholarship funds to those enrolled state community colleges, state colleges or universities, and technical or vocational schools. Those enrolled in other programs may also apply. The application for the WISP fund as well as more information about this program may be found online.

United Negro College Fund
www.uncf.org
The UNCF is designed to help African Americans, including mothers and expectant mothers of African American descent, obtain funds needed to attend college and work toward a higher education degree. Some scholarships are sponsored by specific corporations including Intel, Google, and others. More information about the different scholarship programs available can be found on the UNCF website at the UNCF website.

American Association of University Women
www.aauw.org
AAUW offers scholarships, grants, financial awards, and fellowship opportunities to women across the country. The organization aims to promote equal education for all women, so it is a great resource for funding higher education endeavors made by women with children or who are currently pregnant.

Talbots Women’s Scholarship Fund
www.talbots.com/scholarship
Talbots Women’s Scholarship Fund is provided annually through Talbots Charitable Foundation. Only the first 1,000 applications are considered each year. Of these 1,000 applicants, five scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $10,000 and fifty scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000. These scholarships are designed for non-traditional female students. Only applicants who graduated high school or earned a GED at least ten years prior to the application date are considered.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
www.hsf.net
The HSF awards up to $15,000 in free scholarships for Hispanics attending or who plan to attend, two or four year colleges and universities. The average award is $2,500 for those attending 4 year universities and $1,500 for two year community colleges.

Denny’s Single Parent Student Scholarship
http://www.dennyshungryforeducation.com/

Denny’s Single Parent Scholarship gives $ 500 to 1500 to single parent students. Applicants must be of Hispanic origin, have a 3.0 or above GPA and must demonstrate financial need.

Lifetime Adoption Foundation
http://lifetimefoundation.org/scholarships/
They offer educational scholarships in deep appreciation to birthmothers who have chosen adoption for their children. They have enabled others to experience the joy of becoming parents and created futures, not only for those families, but also for their children, for a lifetime.

State-Specific Scholarships

There are several scholarships in Washington that are available for pregnant or parenting students. To learn about other scholarship opportunities, contact the financial aid office (or business office) at your local college or university, and ask about any scholarships for single parents. Go online to search for more scholarship offers for pregnant students and single parents. Learn more about scholarship opportunities in Washington (state) at http://checkoutacollege.com/getstarted/payingforcollege.aspx

Adoption

Adoption Resources

Making the decision to place your child in a loving home is a difficult and courageous choice. We support you in whatever decision you make to give you and your child the best future. As you think about your options, we encourage you to contact an adoption agency. The following is a list of licensed adoption agencies in Spokane, Washington. This list was retrieved from AdoptionServices.org: http://www.adoptionservices.org/domestic_adoption_agencies/adoption_agencies_washington.htm

Antioch Adoptions Spokane
723 W Indiana, Spokane, WA 99205
Phone: (509) 328-2700

 

 

 

 

LDS Family Services
100 North Mullan Road, Suite 202, Spokane, WA 99206-6848
Phone: (509) 926-6581
Fax: (509) 921-1375
Toll-Free: (800) 528-1704

 

More Information on Adoption

National Council for Adoption
www.adoptioncouncil.org/
The National Council for Adoption provides a wide variety of information and resources for birthparents as well as prospective adoptive parents. On their main website, you will find legislation, research, training, upcoming events, and more. On their iChooseAdoption site, you can learn about adoption, watch testimonial videos, read stories, find a nearby adoption agency, and more. To contact NCFA, call (703) 299-6633, or email ncfa@adoptioncouncil.org.

Catholic Charities
http://catholiccharitiesusa.org/
Catholic Charities provide options counseling, adoption placement services including: foster care, international adoption, special needs adoption and interstate adoption. They also provide post adoption services as well as search and reunion services. Call Catholic Charities: (703)549-1390

AdoptUsKids
http://adoptuskids.org
AdoptUs Kids raises public awareness about the need for foster and adoptive families for children in public child welfare system. Recruit foster and adoptive families and connect them with children. Call AdoptUsKids: (888)200-4005

Bethany Christian Services
http://bethany.org
The nation’s largest adoption & foster care agency that cares for women facing unplanned pregnancies and orphans living on 5 continents. Call Bethany Christian Services: (800) BETHANY, or fill out the online contact form: https://www.bethany.org/main/contact-us.

Lifetime Adoption

www.lifetimeadoption.com
Lifetime Adoption assists African American couples wanting to adopt and birth mothers seeking African-American families. Call Lifetime Adoption: (800)923-6783

Faithful Adoption Consultants

http://www.faithfuladoptionconsultants.com/

Faithful Adoption Consultants provides one of the most extensive and up-to-date lists of financial grant and loan information. Jessica, Laura, and Courtney assist parents through their adoption process and provide helpful answers to your adoption questions. Email the FAC team at info@faithfuladoptionconsultants.com, or call (678)559-2164.

Adoption-Share
If you are faced with an unintended pregnancy and are interested in knowing more about adoption, in a confidential, non-obligatory forum, we encourage you to join www.adoption-share.com today. As an anonymous member, you can gather adoption information without formal commitment, research families that want to adopt, and find out if this is the right option for you. For a more in-depth inquiry, “friend” an agency on our network and have your questions answered. Email your questions to info@adoption-share.com

 ADVOCACY

Adopted and Loved
www.adoptedandloved.com
Adoptedandloved.com encourages adoptees, adoptive parents, and birthparents to “celebrate beautiful possibility.” This website is a great resource for adoptive families and for families interested in adoption. Find stories, resources, and support at http://adoptedandloved.com/.

 

Private Grant Programs

Lifesong for Orphans
http://lifesongfororphans.org
Lifesong’s mission is to bring joy and purpose to orphans. Lifesong for Orphans helps establish much needed adoption funds at churches, and this organization provides adoption grants and interest free loans to prospective adoptive parents. Go online to lifesongfororphans.org, or call (309) 747-3556 for more information.

Gift of Adoption Fund
http://www.giftofadoption.org/
Every year, Gift of Adoption Fund assists over 600 hopeful parents who are qualified to adopt but need the last bit of financial resources required to complete an adoption. The Gift of Adoption Fund has granted over $3,900,000 to help change the lives of more than 1,300 children in need of families. For more information on financial assistance grants, please call toll-free (877) 905-2367, or email info@giftofadoption.org

Brittany’s Hope
http://www.brittanyshope.org/seedling/
Brittany’s Hope supports adoptions of special needs, older and sibling children by providing financial grants for special waiting children. Please call (717)367-9614, or email Info@BrittanysHope.org for more information.

Other organizations that can assist you with your financial concerns include:

  • Adoption Tax Credit: Information on federal tax credits and subsidies.
  • Affording Adoption: Information on adoption grant and loan programs.
  • AdoptUSKids: A nationally coordinated listing of children in foster care that are awaiting adoption.

Counseling

Pregnancy Options

ON CAMPUS

Gonzaga University Student Health and Counseling Center
http://www.gonzaga.edu/Student-Life/Health-Center/default.asp
Location: 704 East Sharp (Corner of Sharp & Dakota)
Phone: (509) 313-4052
Email: studenthealth@gonzaga.edu
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday: 8am-5pm; Thursday: 10am-5pm o General Services: http://www.gonzaga.edu/Student-Life/Health-Center/Services.asp
Pregnancy Testing is available through the Health Center.
Health Rides Services: http://www.gonzaga.edu/Student-Life/Health-Center/HealthRide.asp
Eligibility: Currently registered Gonzaga students are eligible for services. Students must present their Gonzaga University Student Identification card prior to each visit.

LOCAL SUPPORT SERVICES

For FREE, confidential support and counseling to help you in your pregnancy decisions, please contact:

iChoice – Mobile PRC
http://www.i-choice.org/
222 E Indiana, Spokane WA 99207
Phone: 509-462-4000
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/I-Choice/232239736967325?rf=111221692275581
Hours: Monday/Wednesday/Thursday 10a-6p
Services: Options Information, Ultrasound, STD Screening, Community Referrals, STD/STI Information

i-CHOICE/Life Services on Ash
http://www.lifeservices.org/
2659 N Ash Street, Spokane WA 99205
24/7 Helpline: (888) 486-HOPE (4673) or 509-327-0701
Email: info@lifeservices.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Life-Services-of-Spokane/275444792713
Hours: Monday/Thursday 9am-8pm, Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday 9am-5pm
Services: Options Information, Ultrasound, Material Aid, Adoption Support, Maternity Home, After Abortion Support, Parenting Classes, Parenting Support, STD/STI Information, Mentoring, Men’s Program

Catholic Charities- Childbirth and Parenting Assistance (CAPA) Program
http://www.catholiccharitiesspokane.org/capa-2
12 E 5th Avenue, PO Box 2253, Spokane WA 99210-2253
Phone: 509-455-4986
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Childbirth-and-Parenting-Assistance-CAPA-Program/484383195444
Description: http://www.catholiccharitiesspokane.org/capa-2

Abortion Pill Reversal

Many women who have taken the abortion pill experience regret. You are not alone. If you have changed your mind, there is help for you. Abortion Pill Reversal is a new medical procedure available to reverse the effects of the abortion pill and possibly save the life of your child. If you have taken the first dose of the abortion pill (RU-486 or Mifeprex®) and are now experiencing regret, it may not be too late. Reversal is most successful within 72 hours.

Call the 24-Hour Abortion Pill Reversal Helpline to speak to a medical professional: (877) 558-0333

Learn more about Abortion Pill Reversal athttp://www.abortionpillreversal.com, or on our informational page:PregnantOnCampus.org/Abortion-Pill-Reversal/.

After Abortion

Many women (and their families) experience a range of emotions after an abortion. If you are feeling sad, confused, frustrated, or angry, please know that you are not alone. There are organizations available to offer free, confidential support as you search for healing and peace after your abortion.

Life Services- Abortion Recovery
http://www.lifeservices.org/abortion-recovery-programs/
2659 N Ash Street, Spokane, WA 99205
Phone: 509-462-4000
Email: cindy@lifeservices.org
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm
Talk to someone who understands… Women and men process their feelings surrounding their abortion experiences differently. As with any grief, women often long to talk and express their feelings. Men instead often process emotions alone or through extracurricular physical activity. While neither of these bring closure or healing, they may bring a false sense of relief. We offer hope and healing for women and men dealing with the reality of a past abortion through a combination of methods.

i-CHOICE/Life Services on Ash
http://www.lifeservices.org/
2659 N Ash Street, Spokane WA 99205
24/7 Helpline: (888) 486-HOPE (4673) or 509-327-0701
Email: info@lifeservices.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Life-Services-of-Spokane/275444792713
Hours: Monday/Thursday 9am-8pm, Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday 9am-5pm
Services: Options Information, Ultrasound, Material Aid, Adoption Support, Maternity Home, After Abortion Support, Parenting Classes, Parenting Support, STD/STI Information, Mentoring, Men’s Program

Path of Life Ministries
http://spokanecares.org/index.php?org_ref=539
PO Box 31132, Spokane, WA 99223
Phone: (509) 444-9035
Email: sheriopol@outlook.com
Ongoing support groups for healing and recovery after abortion.

Abortion Recovery
http://www.abortionrecovery.org
Email: info@abortionrecovery.org
Phone: (866) 4MyRecovery (866-469-7326)
Abortion Recovery helps individuals and families overcome the emotional and psychological complications that are often experienced after an abortion. Recovery is often free, always confidential and is available to ANYONE affected by the loss of a child by abortion. Abortion Recovery gives you a sense of personal peace which heals internal brokenness, repairs relationships and brings back intimate friendships. Recovery gives a new beginning to life following an abortion. Call (866) 469-7326, or text (949) 378-5149.

Rachel’s Vineyard
www.rachelsvineyard.org
Phone: HOPE 4 ME (877-467-3463)
Rachel’s Vineyard weekends for healing after abortion are offered throughout the year in locations across the United States and Canada, with additional sites around the world. They also offer a 15-week support group model for Rachel’s Vineyard. Because of the emotional numbness and secrecy that often surrounds an abortion experience, conflicting emotions both during and after the event may remain unresolved. These buried feelings can surface later and may be symptoms of post abortion trauma. The program is an opportunity to examine your abortion experience, identify the ways that the loss has affected you in the past and present, and helps to acknowledge any unresolved feelings.

Project Rachel
http://hopeafterabortion.com/
Phone: (888) 456-HOPE (4673)
Project Rachel operates as a network of healing composed of specially-trained caregivers which may include priests, deacons, sisters, lay staff and volunteers, mental health professionals, spiritual directors, mentors, chaplains and others, such as medical personnel. These individuals, often working as a team, provide direct care to women, men and adolescents who have been touched by an abortion loss, enabling them to grieve, receive forgiveness, and find peace. Although most dioceses use the name Project Rachel, some programs are named differently. In addition to individualized counseling, some programs include support groups and retreats. Project Rachel programs can be found in about 150 Catholic dioceses in the United States, as well as in dioceses in other countries. Call the nationwide toll-free number (888) 456-HOPE (4673) during regular business hours (Eastern Time Zone).

Silent No More
http://www.silentnomoreawareness.org/about-us/
Find Abortion After-Care Programs: http://www.silentnomoreawareness.org/search/index.aspx
Silent No More Awareness is a Campaign whereby Christians make the public aware of the devastation abortion brings to women and men. The campaign seeks to expose and heal the secrecy and silence surrounding the emotional and physical pain of abortion.

 

Other

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Suicidal thoughts or feelings are sometimes experienced by women who have had an abortion. If this is happening to you, please get help immediately. We want you to know that there is hope for you, and that we care very much. For immediate intervention, contact National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800)-273-8255.

National Domestic Violence
1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)
National Domestic Violence provides anonymous and confidential help 24/7. Their website is http://www.thehotline.org/.

Other Places to Look for Help

Local Non-Profit Agencies

Catholic Charities Spokane 
http://www.catholiccharitiesspokane.org/
12 E 5th Avenue, PO Box 2253, Spokane WA 99210-2253
Phone: 509-358-4250
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Catholic-Charities-Spokane/117844471560026
Services: Childbirth and Parenting Assistance, Counseling, Food Assistance, Housing, Furniture Bank

Catholic Charities- Childbirth and Parenting Assistance (CAPA) Program
http://www.catholiccharitiesspokane.org/capa-2
12 E 5th Avenue, PO Box 2253, Spokane WA 99210-2253
Phone: 509-455-4986
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Childbirth-and-Parenting-Assistance-CAPA-Program/484383195444
Description: http://www.catholiccharitiesspokane.org/capa-2

Catholic Charities: St. Margaret’s Shelter
http://www.catholiccharitiesspokane.org/st-margarets-shelter
101 E. Hartson. Avenue, Spokane, WA 99202
Contact: Jodi Nelson
Phone: 509-624-9788
Services: Housing for up to 2 years, Case management, Life Skills classes, Kid’s Club, Homework Club, Parenting Assistance

Catholic Charities Spokane- St. Anne’s Children and Family Center
http://stanneskids.com/
25 W 5th Avenue, Spokane, WA 99204
Phone: (509) 232-1111
Online Contact Form: http://stanneskids.com/contact/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stanneskids
St. Anne’s Children and Family Center enrolls children 4 weeks to 6 years old. Please Contact us for more information. We hold New Family Orientations the first Monday of every month at 5:45pm for families interested in St. Anne’s. Any questions in regards to New Family Orientations please contact Jasyn Bourne at jbourne@ccspokane.org.

Catholic Charities: Furnishing of Hope
http://www.catholiccharitiesspokane.org/cc-furnishing-for-hope-retail-store
917 E. Trent, Spokane, WA
Phone: (509) 868-0062
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm

i-CHOICE/Life Services on Ash
http://www.lifeservices.org/
2659 N Ash Street, Spokane WA 99205
24/7 Helpline: (888) 486-HOPE (4673) or 509-327-0701
Email: info@lifeservices.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Life-Services-of-Spokane/275444792713
Hours: Monday/Thursday 9am-8pm, Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday 9am-5pm
Services: Options Information, Ultrasound, Material Aid, Adoption Support, Maternity Home, After Abortion Support, Parenting Classes, Parenting Support, STD/STI Information, Mentoring, Men’s Program

 

Local Food Bank

SEARCH FOR FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

Food Pantries.org
Foodpantries.org provides a full list of local food pantries. For a listing of Washington food pantries, see here: http://www.foodpantries.org/st/washington

Feeding America
Feeding America is committed to helping end the fight against hunger. For a listing of food banks in Washington, please go to: http://feedingamerica.org/foodbank-results.aspx?state=WA

 

Community Churches and Religious Organizations

Some community churches and temples have organized programs to help single mothers and individuals with low incomes. While the requirements may not be as stringent as local organizations, some churches may still want applicants to show documentation to receive assistance. Local churches often have programs in place to help women with shelter, rent payments, utility payments, clothing needs and food attainment. In addition to local food banks, many churches also have food pantries for members of the community that are in need.

If you know of a church or religious community (near a college campus) which offers support services to pregnant and parenting students, please provide information through our “Submit Campus Info” form.

Federal Assistance Organizations

When you have exhausted your options on a local level, or simply require further help, there are a variety of state and federal programs designated to help low-income families and single mothers.

Washington TANF and WorkFirst Program
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides temporary cash and medical help for families in need. Some families participate in the WorkFirst Program. The WorkFirst Program helps participants find and keep jobs. For more information about help in Washington, please go to http://www.dshs.wa.gov/onlinecso/TANF_Support_Services.shtml

Washington TANF and WorkFirst Program
General Information: (877) 501-2233

State Office:
Department of Social and Health Services
Constituent Services
PO Box 45130
Olympia, WA 98504-5130
(800) 737-0617

Low Income Housing Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
LIHEAP is a federal assistance program that provides assistance with energy-related costs, including paying utility bills, weatherization procedures and/or energy-related home repairs. Learn more about LIHEAP here: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/programs/liheap.

Region X – SEATTLE
Primary Liaison: WILLIAM KIM
Tel: (202) 205-4717; Email: william.kim@acf.hhs.gov
Alternate: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington

Washington: Rental Help
Department of Housing and Urban Development
http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/states/washington/renting
HUD helps apartment owners offer reduced rents to low-income tenants. To apply, contact or visit the management office of each apartment building that interests you. For public housing vouchers, call (800) 955-2232, or email pihirc@hud.gov for more information.

Birth Parent Support

Bethany Christian Services
https://www.bethany.org/
Bethany Christian Services is a global nonprofit organization that brings families together and keeps families together. Strengthening families for the well-being of children is our top priority. Our services include adoption, foster care, and pregnancy counseling. If you are pregnant and considering adoption, Bethany Christian Services will provide pregnancy support and help you make an adoption plan. Bethany Christian Services can also provide financial assistance for living expenses during your pregnancy (e.g. rent when you can’t work, food, transportation, utilities, or maternity clothes) and help with medical and legal expenses if needed. Call (800) 238-4269 for further assistance.

Sally’s Lambs
www.Sallyslambs.org
Their mission is to encourage and support birth moms facing unplanned pregnancies. By working with established pregnancy care centers, adoption agencies and with birth mothers directly, Sally’s Lambs will meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of birth mothers.

BirthMom Buds
www.birthmombuds.com
BirthMom Buds is a national web based nonprofit organization which provides support to pregnant women considering adoption as well as birthmothers who have already placed children for adoption through its website, toll-free support line, as well as many programs including the Pregnant and Placing Program, Buddy System, and Annual Birthmother Retreats. Visit BirthMom Buds on the web at www.birthmombuds.com, email at birthmombuds@gmail.com, or call toll free at 1-855-mybbud. Visit BirthMom Buds on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/birthmombuds

Embrace Grace
www.EmbraceGrace.com
Single and Pregnant? You are not alone! Get plugged into an Embrace Grace group in your local area. In the Embrace Grace program, you will make new friends in similar circumstances, receive a baby shower with NEW baby items, and be inspired and filled with hope by friends, leaders and God. To find an Embrace Grace group near you, go to www.EmbraceGrace.com or email info@iembracegrace.com.

Other Helpful Organizations

Other Helpful Organizations

Catholic Charities: Furnishings for Hope
https://www.ccsfb.org/
917 E. Trent, Spokane, WA
Phone: (509) 991-9345
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm
Catholic Charities Spokane Furniture Bank works to improve the lives of people in our community by distributing essential home furnishings to individuals and families in need. CCSFB was established to help fill a service gap for households that were either transitioning out of homelessness into stable housing, or low-income households experiencing an acute need. Before the Furniture Bank, many of these individuals and families had no furniture and were forced to sleep and eat on the floor. Since the doors first opened, CCSFB has provided furniture to over 3,200 households!

Option Line
www.OptionLine.org or (800)HELPLINE
OptionLine provides free and confidential counseling as well as accurate information about pregnancy and pregnancy options. While they offer information on pregnancy options, their centers do not refer women to abortion providers. Call 1-800-712-HELP or text HELPLINE to 313131.

American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists
www.aaplog.org
AAPLOG is an organization of 2,500 members and associates who affirm the unique value and dignity of individual human life in all stages of growth and development from fertilization onward. On the AAPLOG website, you can find the physician directory is available to assist those who wish to locate a pro-life physician. Each of the listed physicians have affirmed pro-life values. Find your nearest pro-life physician at https://www.aaplog.org/aaplog-physician-directory

Sally’s Lambs
www.SallysLambs.org
Their mission is to encourage and support birth moms facing unplanned pregnancies. By working with established pregnancy care centers, adoption agencies and with birth mothers directly, Sally’s Lambs will meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of birth mothers.

Stand Up Girl
www.standupgirl.com
Founded in 2000, this amazing website now reaches nearly 200,000 young people each month– over 2 million girls each year. Most guests remain on the site an average of 15 minutes, taking in phenomenal fetal development photography, life-like illustrations, remarkable video and a music room. In addition, the popular Forum, Blog and Chat Room features connect young women from all over the world who share their stories of hope and courage. Perhaps the most important component of the website is the real-life stories of girls facing their own crisis pregnancies and how the StandUpGirl.com team provides personal and individual guidance and concern to help them make a choice that both they and their baby can live with.