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2013 BCA Mission project

BCA's mission project during the annual Little Rock workshop is "Baby Shower/party" at the Promise House Maternity Home, non-profit home in Little Rock, that provides quality medical care, shelter, food and education for unwed, pregnant preteen and teenage girls.

An unplanned pregnancy can be devastating to an unwed preteen or teenager and her family. Arkansas Baptist Children's Homes and Family Ministries seek to provide ministry to these girls and their families through the Promise House Maternity Home.

Since opening its doors in 1991 in El Dorado, Ark., Promise House has provided love and care to hundreds of unwed teens facing an unplanned pregnancy. Girls as young as 12 years old have found care at Promise House.

The home was relocated to Little Rock in 1999, in partnership with Baptist Health Medical Center, Little Rock, where the girls deliver their babies. Cornerstone Clinic for Women of Little Rock provides prenatal care for the teens, while pediatric services are made available through All For Kids Pediatric Clinic of Little Rock.

Residents attend classes at Little Rock Public School's Alternative school. At Promise House, classes are provided covering topics such as: prenatal information, newborn care and independent living skills. Counseling services are available. Adoption services are offered through Bethany Christian Services.

At Promise House, education is important as we prepare teen and preteen girls to become mothers. Classes are provided covering topics such as: prenatal information, newborn care and independent living skills. Counseling services are available. The girls are encouraged to participate in individual and group counseling sessions.

Residents come to Promise House through private placement by a child's parent or guardian, the court system and the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

Adoption services are offered at the Promise House through Bethany Christian Services.

The girls attend a local Baptist church. They are often involved in recreation activities, church activities and community events and outings.

"For 22 years, Promise House has provided pregnant teens and preteens access to wonderful prenatal medical and physical care. But even more than that, Promise House has been a beacon of hope, love and direction for many young ladies," said David Perry, ABCHomes executive director. "Because of this good prenatal care and emotional support many babies have had a much better start in life."

ABCHomes is a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, which has been ministering to children and families in crisis since 1894. Today, in addition to Promise House, ABCHomes operates two long-term residential care homes and three emergency receiving homes. Counseling services are provided in seven locations around the state.

BCA members are invited to participate in this mission project in one of three ways:

  1. Donate a gift for a baby OR a gift for a teenage residents. These gifts could be as simple as diapers and baby wipes. The teenage girls enjoy gift cards (Sonic, McDonalds, etc), mailing stamps, note pads, photo albums, scrapbooks, costume jewelry, etc.
  2. Attend the Baby Shower/Party on Friday 4 -5 p.m., at Promise House. The girls love to have visitors. They will be opening only the gifts for the girls. In addition, a BCA photographer is needed to take photos of the girls during the party.
  3. Give directly to Promise House. Donations will be taken up Friday.

For additional information, contact Stella Prather at sprather@abchomes.org.

POSTED: Feb 13, 2013 | Stella Prather, Communications Director, Arkansas Baptist Children's Homes - sprather@abchomes.org


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