July 1, 2022

Resources for moms in need in central and southern Indiana

(En Español)

With the overturning of Roe v. Wade, it is the call of every Catholic now more than ever to help women in crisis pregnancies choose life for their children, to assist moms in need and to support the ministries, organizations and agencies that provide services for these women.

(Related: Accompanying moms is ‘where pro-life efforts need to go’ to help them choose life)

The following is a non-exhaustive list of such organizations in central and southern Indiana. Please consider supporting them financially, by volunteering or by donating goods according to their needs.

This list also serves as a tool for individuals and parishes to keep on hand for directing moms in need to helpful resources. (See a printable version of this list)

If you know of a life-affirming resource in the archdiocese that walks with moms in need (and in the case of pregnancy care centers, that does not advise on abortion) that is not listed here, please share that resource with Brie Anne Varick, coordinator of the archdiocesan Office of Human Life and Dignity, at bvarick@archindy.org, so the archdiocese can continue to build its database of resources to serve moms better. The Criterion will announce the resource list site once it has been created.


Abortion Pill Reversal

Adoption services for birth parents and adoptive parents

After-school Care

  • Terre Haute, Catholic Charities Ryves Youth Center, 812-235-1265, cutt.ly/Ryves

Anonymous Infant Surrender

  • Safe Haven Baby Boxes, 866-99Baby1 (hotline), shbb.org

Apartment/Rent Assistance

  • Jeffersonville Township Trustee Office, 623 E. Court Ave., Jeffersonville: Jefftwptrustee.com
  • New Albany
    • The New Albany Township Trustee office is working hard to help those in need in New Albany. For qualifying residents help is provided with late or delinquent utilities, rent, house payments, provide temporary housing for homeless, any life safety bill, critical medications, vehicle fuel, food, clothing, repairs on vehicles if it is determined a life necessity, and funeral cremations. The trustee’s office has an application process the state requires officer staff to follow and if someone qualifies help will be provided as needed.
    • David Brewer, New Albany Township Trustee, can be contacted at 812-948-5498.

Apply for & Enroll in Health Insurance (free assistance)

Education/Awareness

  • Right to Life Indiana lists the following counties/regions as having chapters: Bartholomew, Dearborn/Ohio, Fayette/Union, Hancock, Indianapolis, Johnson/Morgan, Lawrence, Rush, Scott, Southeastern Indiana, Southern Indiana, Wabash Valley and Wayne. Go to irtl.org/about-us/county-affiliation for contact information.

Food Pantries/Food education

Foster parenting

  • Firefly (the new name of the combined Children's Bureau and Families First organizations): https://fireflyin.org. Firefly supports foster parents as well as providing training to biological parents who want to improve their parenting skills and work on healthy relationship skills
  • Online resources for foster parents, administered by Indiana's Department of Child Services: https://www.indianafostercare.org
  • Indiana's Department of Child Services has a local officer for each region of the state to aid with foster care, adoptions, and family services: https://www.in.gov/dcs/contact-us/local-dcs-offices
  • Isaiah 117 houses are a welcoming place for children to go immediately after being removed from a home while a foster family is located. The organization began in Tennessee and has since expanded to other states, including Indiana. The homes within the space of the Archdioceses of Indianapolis are under construction, but they have program coordinators already. https://isaiah117house.com/indiana-homes
  • Boone-Hendricks-Montgomery Counties: under construction
  • Marion County: under construction
  • The Villages, villageskids.org
    • Bloomington, 812-332-1245
    • Indianapolis, 317-775-6500

Material Resources

  • Parish Respect Life ministries (contact your parish office; listings at archindy.org/parishes)
  • Parish St. Vincent de Paul conferences: Many parishes or parish groupings have a St. Vincent de Paul conference with various offerings. Call your parish office or visit your parish website for more information. City/county councils are listed below.
    • Bloomington/Monroe County, St. Vincent de Paul, 812-961-1510, svdpbloomington.org
    • Brown County, St. Vincent de Paul, 812-988-8821, stvincentdepaulbrowncounty.com
    • Fayette, Union and Wayne counties, Tri-County Good Samaritans St. Vincent de Paul, 765-220-1572, cutt.ly/TriCountySVDP
    • Lawrence County has a St. Vincent de Paul Society. Their help line is 812-279-8555. They also operate a Thrift Store. They are a separate organization from the local parishes.
  • Bedford/Lawrence County: The Hope Resource Center - Hope Kids Closet - Second hand clothing and gently used items 812-275-2827
  • Clark County: Community Presbyterian Church Charlestown, IN 1370 Monroe Street Charlestown, IN 47111. D.I.A.P.E.R Project Open Wednesdays 1-4 pm helps families in need residing in Clark County, IN, provide essentials to their infants and toddlers. 812-256-5428
  • Indianapolis
  • New Albany, St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities Marie’s Community Distribution Program, 812-949-7008, stecharities.org/maries
  • Shelby County, St. Vincent de Paul, 317-395-7027, svdpshelby.org
  • Tell City, Catholic Charities Lifeline for Families, 812-547-0903, cutt.ly/LifelineForFamilies
  • Terre Haute, Catholic Charities Christmas Store, 812-232-1447, cutt.ly/ChristmasTH

Mental Health and Addiction Services

  • LifeSpring Health Systems, 460 Spring St., Jeffersonville, is taking new patients across our services — primary care, mental health, and substance abuse. We are now offering teletherapy and telemedicine to reduce the need to come in. New patients can fill out intake paperwork on the website www.lifespringhealthsystems.org or give us a call at 812-280-2080.
    • Services are provided regardless of the ability to pay, and accept Medicaid, Medicare, and primary insurance. Staff members can also assist with obtaining insurance. LifeSpring Systems serve 11 counties across Southern Indiana and have offices in each county — Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Jefferson, Scott, Washington, Crawford, Orange, Dubois, Perry, and Spencer. Primary care offices serving all ages, are located in Jeffersonville, Austin and Salem.

For OB medical care during pregnancy

  • FQHCs are a federally-designated, specific type of healthcare provider location which offer sliding scale fees for patients who are low-income. There are several FQHCs throughout Indiana. A woman can find the one nearest her by using this tool from the US Health Resources & Services Administration: https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov

Pregnancy Care Centers (including free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and counseling that does not include abortion)

  • Bedford/Lawrence County The Hope Resource Center - Pregnancy care center and medical clinic 812-275-2827 www.hoperesourcectr.org free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, counseling, and parenting classes in Bedford and Mitchell IN
  • Bloomington, Women’s Care Center, 812-330-7021, www.womenscarecenter.org
  • Clarity (Columbus, Greensburg, Nashville, North Vernon, Seymour, Shelbyville): claritycares.org
  • Henry County Pregnancy Care Center - 415 South Main Street Suite A New Castle, IN
    https://hcpcc.org 765-529-7298
  • Indianapolis:
  • Lawrenceburg, Pregnancy Care Center of Southeastern Indiana, 812-537-4357, pregnancylawrenceburg.com
  • Terre Haute, Crisis Pregnancy Center of the Wabash Valley, 812-405-4463, www.wabashvalleypregnancy.com

Post-abortion Healing

Shelters

  • Bedford, Becky’s Place (Catholic Charities Bloomington), 812-275-5773, beckysplacebedford.org
  • Indianapolis, Holy Family Shelter (Catholic Charities Indianapolis), 317-635-7830, cutt.ly/HolyFamilyShelter
  • New Albany, St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities: maternity home program, women and children shelter, affordable supportive housing, domestic violence transitional program, 812-949-7305, stecharities.org
  • Terre Haute, Catholic Charities Bethany House, 812-232-4978, option 1, cutt.ly/BethanyHouse

WIC

  • Jeffersonville WIC, Healthy Families, Family Support Services, 1302 Wall St., 812-288-4304

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