Mission & Vision
Saint Child is a 501c(3) organization serving the greater Portland Oregon community. Tax ID is 93-1212633. Saint Child is formerly known as The House of Ruth.
Saint Child exists to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of pregnant young women who are caught in a cycle of abuse, poverty and neglect, and who are seeking help in transitioning from poverty and hopelessness to sustainability and faith. By immersing them in a nurturing family environment, they will build loving, lasting relationships while they learn practical life skills, receive counseling, and gain support from a community of faith.
|Saint Child sees a community of people with the same heart and mind, united to support young pregnant women as their babies are given a chance for life. We work in conjunction with each community to break the generational cycle of abuse and neglect by providing a safe, loving and caring home. Saint Child exists to provide life, purpose and direction to each young mother while she makes a plan for her and her unborn child’s life. Ultimately, we change the world, one mother at a time.|
The life changing love of God that we have experienced compels us to share that love with the young women that walk through our doors in need of a new start in life. We will serve young women regardless of their faith background. However, we will not be ashamed of the faith in Jesus Christ that motivates us to serve and love them.
We share a deep concern and passion for those IN the womb as well as those WITH the womb, and so our programs are designed to bring wholeness to both.
We believe that families provide security, belonging and healthy human relationships. We will model and teach respect, honesty and nurturing in a family environment.
Whatever we have has been entrusted to us by God, and so we are accountable for using our time, money and talents wisely.
We believe that taking responsibility for one’s actions and living a moral life demonstrate integrity, and so we will act with integrity and encourage those in and out of the organization to do likewise.
Reaching young women right where they are at in life
Saint Child meets the needs of unsupported pregnant young women in our community. We are a Family Model home that provides stable, secure and nurturing residential care for young women ages 14-24 and their infants.
Every young woman in our care receives comprehensive services to help her prepare for the birth of her baby and plan for parenting or adoption. Basic components of our program are:
- Access to prenatal care: residents are assisted in establishing a relationship with an OB/GYN and keep routine medical appointments.
- Education: residents are encouraged to complete their high school diploma or get their GED through community-based educational programs.
- Employment: residents who have earned their diploma or GED are required to work or volunteer a minimum of 20 hours per week to gain job skills and develop financial resources.
- Childbirth preparation: residents participate in community based childbirth preparation classes.
- Counseling/case-management: residents meet weekly with a case-manager to create personal goals and address barriers, strengthen personal relationships and develop decision making skills.
- Parenting skills: new mothers are monitored and responsive support services are provided during those critical early months of mother/baby bonding.
- Hands-on life skills training to include budgeting, meal planning and preparation, infant and child developmental education.
- Spiritual guidance: residents attend church weekly and complete a biblically sound curriculum that leads them toward a personal relationship with Jesus.
Young women enter the Home at any point (up to 7 ½ months) during their pregnancy and may stay up to 6-8 months after their baby is born.
We are non-denominational and accept girls of all faiths. We also offer services to all races. There is no one turned away for lack of inability to pay our nominal monthly program fees ($200) unless we have no room for them or they do not qualify for our program.
**The exception to this would be non-compliance of the Family Guidelines or the inability to get along with the other residents or staff members.
By the time a birthmother leaves our care, she will have:
- Received a well-balanced diet and have been taught good nutritional habits (cooking, menu planning and preparation, grocery shopping);
- Appropriate clothing to ensure her physical well being (boutique, shopping);
- Had a medical program to meet her physical needs (routine doctor’s appointments, childbirth preparation and exercise);
- Made a decision concerning her child which would provide a loving and stable environment for her child, herself and her family (My Baby and Me);
- Addressed life issues and problems in her past (work with her family, change in lifestyle);
- Grown in her relationship to her family and her family in relationship to themselves and to her (parent conferences);
- Learned basic life and decision making skills, and set future goals (life skills workshops, individual planning);
- Continued her education (school, GED work, extra classes);
- Experienced living in a home that enhanced the building of life skills (upkeep and care of property, housework, etc.);
- If her choice is adoption – she will have received full comprehensive support through the birth and adoption process as well as receiving post support up to three months while living at Saint Child.
- Experienced the love and security of a family in a Christian family atmosphere, and been assisted in her early growth and development in a loving relationship with the living Christ (Bible studies, devotions, church attendance);
- Developed on-going appreciation for and skills in arts and crafts (craft projects, craft lessons, trips to cultural areas and activities);
- Experienced outings and trips which benefited her physically, emotionally, and/or spiritually (various outings, community events);
- Received on-site recreational activities which benefited herself and/or the family as a whole (inside games, planned parties and activities, outside yard games);
- Received instruction in parenting skills (parenting class, books);
- Had experience in financial budgeting (budgeting, checking accounts, baby budgeting);
- Developed a list of community resources that are appropriate (community resources and plans);
- Departed into a family structure or an independent life (future planning);
Key to the Program:
To provide an innate feeling of a safe, secure and stable home environment. These young women stay with us from 6 to 14 months at a time with all sorts of backgrounds – this is what separates us from other ministries in that we provide relationships and a support system, not just housing and care.
Our Educational Life Skills Program offers hands on experience such as meal planning and preparation for a family, Birthing and Parenting, budgeting and many other hands on skills for independent living and appropriate parenting.
This knowledge and “tutoring/mentoring” helps our young women break old survival habits and put in use the new decision-making skills they are learning. Many young women have not been taught these basic life skills due to abuse, abandonment and neglect.
We would consider the success of our Continuing Educational and Life Skills Projects by the attendance and participation of our residents. Initial success is achieved with each young woman taken off the street. Successful completion of this long term safe, stable and nurturing environment allows for transition into future successful living conditions as well as continued support in the area of educational opportunities. As these young moms are exposed to and experience healthy lifestyle practices, they learn the skills necessary for establishing their own sustainable homes through positive role modeling and hands-on participation.