Project Gabriel, an outreach arm of Woman’s Choice Services of Lombard is working in conjunction with St. Thomas the Apostle in Crystal Lake to open its first chapter in McHenry County.
Woman’s Choice Services is an “Life Affirming Organization” that provides Crisis Intervention, Pregnancy Support and Post Abortive Care.
“We are a life center,” explained Sue Storka, one of the leaders from the DuPage County area.
It a place where girls and women who become pregnant would be encouraged to carry their babies to term.
“If a girl needs any type of support, they would be assigned to a church where trained member ‘angels’ will see to her needs until the baby is a year old,” Storka continued.
Through their outreach program. called Project Gabriel, they have created teams of “angels” that reach out to women in crisis.
Locally, led by Barb Ladd, the organization will initially operate out of the Little Christoper’s House behind the old St. Thomas Catholic Church.
The group of ladies describe their program as “a life affirming center,” providing pregnancy tests and much more.
Presently there are outreach locations in Lombard, Downers Grove, Hinsdale and Crest Hill. One is qualified as a licensed medical center with an ultrasound machine so a girl can be shown her developing baby.
With the Little Christopher’s location, McHenry County will have an outreach office helping to coordinate with local centers like Tri-County.
Since the goals of the Tri-County Pregnancy and Parenting Center behind the Route 14 McDonald’s and Women’s Choice are so similar, Wednesday morning a group met there to discuss possible cooperation.
The St Thomas Project Gabriel team, in an effort to source anticipated services for their clients, recently met with Tri County representatives.
It is anticipated that through collaboration clients will be referred back and forth based on need.
I was intrigued by the referral of girls to local churches to whom they might have a connection to teams of “angels” who provide “a loving relationship.”
Right now in McHenry county, that means Catholic parishes, but the two-hour “angel” training program may be opened to members of other churches as women at all churches obviously have the background to provide the “mothering” assistance which the program offers.
Agreement was reached to cooperate in being the “arms and feet of the body of Christ.”
The groundwork has been set for a united partnership for Life among Christians working together in Christ’s name for His purpose.