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Project
Defending
Lifes
Pregnant and
Parenting
Resource Guide
Project Defending Lifes Pregnant and
Parenting Resource Guide
TABLE OF CONTENTS
First Things First!.........3
Housing Resources......3
Emergency Shelters.....5
Clothing/Food Assistance.....5
Maternity Clothes and Baby Items
Assistance with Food
Childcare....10
National Resources
Local Care
Other Tips for Affordable Childcare
Child Support
Abuse or Neglect
Insurance...12
Insurance for Low Income Families
Insurance for Your Child
Adoption....13
Adoption Resources
More Information on Adoption
Private Grant Programs
Other Places to Look for Help.16
Local Non-Profit Agencies
Dental Resources
Local Food Bank
Community Churches and Religious Organizations
Federal Assistance Organizations
Legal Assistance........18
Rental or Utility Assistance..........18
Counseling Resources.......18
Other Helpful Organizations.......20
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Project Defending Lifes Pregnant and
Parenting Resource Guide

First Things First!
Congratulations youre a mom!
First call Lovelace hospital (505)727-5365 for Medicaid
enrollment.
Go to WIC office listed on pages 6-7.
Come to parenting class on Wednesdays 5:30-7:00 PM for
further assistance. Dinner and Childcare provided.

Housing Resources
CoAbode:
http://www.co-abode.com
CoAbodes mission is to provide support and services that
connect women raising children alone. Thru this connection,
single-parent women families pool their finances and resources
to improve their living conditions for themselves and their
children by sharing a home. CoAbode was founded on the
principle that two single moms raising children together can
achieve more than one struggling alone. Through a variety of
community-based programs, CoAbode provides single mothers
with affordable housing opportunities, specialized support
groups, educational scholarships, community outreach and
involvement as well as referrals to vital resources designed to
make parenting a child alone easier, healthier, and more secure.

Healthcare for the Homeless
Non-profit organization that can help with finding housing
(505)843-7611.

Safe House
Domestic Violence shelter and Transitional housing. For more
information call (505)247-4219.

St. Martins Hospitality Center
Drop-in Center, Transitional Housing, Rental Assistance. For
more information call (505)843-9797.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families:
http://www.tanf-benefits.com
(TANF) helps provide housing and cash assistance to women
who are in need. It is a government run program provided in all
states.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Renting:
http://www.hud.gov/renting/index.cfm#assistance
HUDs mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive
communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is
working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the
economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality
affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for
improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable
communities free from discrimination; and transform the way
HUD does business.

Catholic Charities USA:
http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/
Catholic Charities USA provides service to people in need, to
advocate for justice in social structures, and to call the entire
church and other people of good will to do the same. Catholic
Charities works with individuals, families and communities to
help them meet their needs, address their issues, eliminate
oppression, and build a just and compassionate society.
For more information call (505)724-4670.

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Emergency Shelters
Barrett House
(505)243-4887 103000 Constitution Ave. NE
Joy Junction
(505)877-6967 4500 2
nd
St SW
Albuquerque Opportunity Center
(505)344-2323/344-4340 715 Candelaria NE
Interfaith Hospitality
(505)268-0331 Appointment Only
Haven House (DV Shelter)
(505)896-4869 Call First
Womans Housing Coalition
(505)884-8856 3005 San Pedro NE
Noon Day Ministries
(505) 246-8001 101 Broadway NE
Section 8/Public Housing
Alb. Housing Services
(505)764-3900 1840 University SE
Bernalillo County Housing Authority
(505)314-0200 1900 Bridge SW

Clothing/Food Assistance
Maternity Clothes and Baby Items
Motherhood Maternity
6600 Menaul Blvd NE 87110
(505) 872-4048

My Best Friends Closet
2801 Eubank Blvd NE
87112
(505) 298-4099


Savers
3300 San Mateo Blvd NE
87110
(505) 702-8787

The Tot Shop
6200 Coors Blvd NW 87120
(505) 898-4444


Childrens Store Galore
4801 Montano Rd
NW 87120
(505) 890-1772

Childrens Rotating Closet
9723 Menaul Blvd NE 87111
(505)433-429

Baby Brianna Ministry
4012 2
nd
St. NW 87107
505-401-2704

Birthright
3228 Candelaria NE
(505) 262-2235

CareNet
9809 Candelaria NE,
Building 1-A 87112
(505) 880-0882

People Helping People
505-615-1951

Assistance with Food
WIC (Women, Infants and Children)
The Purpose of WIC is to insure 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.
Stanford WIC Office- Standard Public Health Office
1111 Stanford NE Albuquerque, NM 87106 (505)841-4173

Northeast WIC Office- Northeast Heights Public Health Office
8120 La Mirada NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505)332-4850

Northwest Valley Public Health Office
7704 2
nd
St. NW Albuquerque, NM 87107 (505) 897-5700

Westside Public Health Office
6911 Taylor Ranch Rd NW, Suite C-11 Albuquerque, NM 87120
(505)899-8574

First Choice Community HealthCare- North Valley WIC Office
1231 Candelaria, NW Albuquerque, NM 87017 (505) 345-8181
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First Nations Community Health Source
5608 Zuni SE Albuquerque, NM 87108
(505)262-2481/6532/6531/6535
Southeast Heights WIC Office- Southeast Heights Public
Health Office
7525 Zuni SE Albuquerque, NM 87108 (505)841-8929

First Choice Community HealthCare- South Broadway WIC
Office
1401 William St. SE Albuquerque, NM 87102 (505)764-0271

South Valley WIC Office
2001 North Centro Familiar SW Albuquerque, NM 87105
(505)873-7416

Alamosa WIC Office
6900 Gonzales Rd. SW Suite J Albuquerque, NM 87105
(505)831-4245

Catholic Charities Resources and Referrals Food Boxes
Storehouse
106 Broadway SE (just N of Central) (505)842-6491
Hours 8:45 AM to 11:30 AM, Tuesday thru Saturdays; need
ID for adults and birth certificates for children under 18
years of age. Food and clothing once a month. You can also
register for the PNM Good neighbor fund 12:30-3:30
Tuesday thru Friday.

Rio Grande Presbyterian Church
600 Coors NW (505)831-1143
You need a picture ID (Drivers License or State, School or
Military ID) for each adult.
If children are in the household, please bring a copy of each
childs birth or baptismal certificates, school enrollment
form or other certification of parentage. Hours 10:00 AM to
2:00 PM (you should get there by 1:30 PM) Monday,
Wednesday, and Friday.

Project Share
1515 Yale SE (505)242-5677
Project Share, with the help of its wonderful sponsors and
volunteers, provides a hot, nutritious meal six evenings per
week (closed Wednesday) from 5pm 6pm. They welcome
anyone who is hungry to join them for dinner. The facility
is located at 1515 Yale SE between Kathryn and Gibson.
Calvary Chapel
4001 Osuna NE (505)344-0880
Call for food pantries in your area.

Love Inc.
8011 Central Ave NE (505)255-5683

Highland Food Pantry
417 Palomas SE (505)256-1682

Salvation Army
501 Broadway SE (505)247-2460
Hours 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Monday thru Friday.

First Unitarian Church
3701 Carlisle NE (505)8841801
Hours 1:00 PM Wednesdays.

St. Michaels & All Michaels Church
601 Montano NW (505)345-8147
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Hours 9:00 AM-10:00 AM Tuesday morning. ID proof of
residence and check in with volunteers.

St. Johns Episcopal Cathedral
318 Silver SW (505)247-1581
Hours 9:00 AM Tuesday morning. Clients have to register
before hours 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Monday- Friday. Tuesday is
pick up day. 87102 areas only.

Albuquerque Rescue Mission
525 2
nd
St SW (505)346-4673 ex.230
Contact James Patton.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly
known as Food Stamps.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
helps many low-income households buy the food they need to
stay healthy, productive members of society. SNAP Benefits
are simple to use when you purchase food products at your
grocery store.
The Federal Government sets the rules for who qualifies
for SNAP Benefits and determines the amount
of SNAP Benefits that you can receive each month. The
Human Services Department (HSD) will help you determine
whether or not you qualify for SNAP. This normally depends
on how much money you earn each month, and it also
depends on what you own.
For students: if eligible, the SNAP program will help pay
your grocery bill so that you and your child can eat well
while you attend school.
Eligibility for Students:
o Must be a single parent who has a child under age
of 6 in the home
o The applicant may not have over 2,000 in cash or
bank account assets. Student loans do not count
as assets.
For more information or to apply visit
http://www.hsd.state.nm.us/isd/fs.html

Childcare
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.

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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 childcare 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 Web site. Local departments of social services can
also provide information about the program.

Local Care
Cuidando los Nios Day Care (505)843-6899
Title 1 (APS program for the homeless) (505)256-8239
State Care Assistance (505)814-4800
Aging and Long Term Care 1-800-432-2080

Other Tips for Affordable 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.
Inhome childcare
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.
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.
The Steps are:
The babys father calls 1-800-619-KIDS to receive
information on how to acknowledge paternity.
You and the babys father will then visit (list state child
support department)
This website may be helpful:
http://www.supportkids.com/.

Abuse or Neglect
Child Protective Services (505) 841-6100
Children Youth and Families Department (505) 841-4800

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 isaffordability! 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 and you will need
the confidence in knowing that insurance is there to protect your
assets.
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Insurance for Low Income Families
NM Human Services Department's Medical Assistance Division
(505) 827-3100 (local Santa Fe)
Toll free: 1-888-997-2583

UNM SE Clinic for Self Pay
(505)272-5885

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 familys gross
income must be below 200 percent federal poverty level (FPL)
for the children to get CHIP coverage. Generally, a familys gross
income must be below 133 percent FPL for children age one to
five years to get Medicaid.
Find more information by calling 1-877 KIDS NOW or go to
http://www.insurenewmexico.state.nm.us/NewMexiKidsandTee
ns.htm. You can apply online or through your state benefits
office.

Adoption
Not all women choose abortion simply out of selfish reasons.
There are times when a pregnant woman knows that she is not
ready to parent or would not be the parent her child deserves.
Adoption offers a wonderful solution to this problem she can
place her child into a family that is ready to care for him or her.

Adoption can not only be rewarding for the child & adoptive
parents, but also for the birthparent. Adoption is not the way it
once was parents that place their child for adoption are now
able to seek legal help and a support system prior, during & after
the placement. This allows for the birthparent(s) to experience
healing from the placement & continue to better their lives.
Birthparent(s) also make the decision as to who will be adopting
their child. They can even meet the parent before making the
final decision. How much contact post-placement they want with
the child is also up to the birthparent(s) they can have as little
as no contact or up to scheduled visits with their child.
The act of adoption can be a daunting experience but also one
that the birthparent can look back on with joy knowing that they
did the best they could for their precious child.
Check out Adoption Resources and FAQ's here.

Adoption Resources
All of the following resources can help provide you with more
information regarding adoption and help guide you through the
adoption process.

Catholic Charities:
catholicharitiesusa.org or (703)549-1390
They 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.

AdoptUsKids:
adoptuskids.org or (888)200-4005
They raise 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.



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Bethany Christian Services:
Bethany.org or (800)BETHANY
The nation's largest adoption & foster care agency that cares for
women facing unplanned pregnancies and orphans living on 5
continents.

Lifetime Adoption:
faithfuladoptionconsultants.org or (678)559-2164
Assist African American couples wanting to adopt and birth
mothers seeking African-American families.
Faithful Adoption Consultants - Adoptive parents of six, Courtney
& Emeory Lott assist parents through their adoption process.
FAC provides one of the most extensive and up to date lists of
financial grant and loan info.

Lifesong for Orphans:
lifesongfororphans.org or (309)747-3556
Bringing joy and purpose to orphans. They help establish much
needed adoption funds at churches & provide adoption grants &
interest free loans to prospective adoptive parents.

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,
Sallys Lambs

will meet the physical, emotional and spiritual


needs of birth mothers.
F.A.Q.s about Adoption can be found at
http://www.ichooseadoption.org/info.php

Adoption Assistance Agency:
Contact Colleen Leseberg at 505-263-0457 or email
info@adoptionassistance.org
More Information on Adoption
tax-credit.adoption.com: Information on federal tax credits and
subsidies.
Affording Adoption: Information on adoption grant and loan
programs.
Adopt Us Kids : A nationally coordinated listing of children in
foster care that are awaiting adoption.
Adoption Council: Information on adoption agencies
nationwide.
Birthmother Support: Organizations that provide resources
and support to birthmothers re-listed below.

Private Grant Programs
Gift of Adoption Fund - Financial assistance grants to adoptive
parents
Brittany's Hope - Grants are connected to a specific child
awaiting a home.

Other Places to Look for Help
Local Non-Profit Agencies
Every county has designated agencies that are established to
help individuals in times of distress. Local non-profit agencies
are equipped to assist single mothers with rent, utility bills,
daycare assistance, food, clothing and other necessities. Because
they will base the amount of your grant off of your assets and
other personal criteria, you will be required to meet with a
caseworker who will discuss their program and input your
information, including your earned income, proof of residence,
past due bills and dependent information. Local non-profit
agencies include:
Department of Human Services
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Department of Social Service - Provides WIC, food
stamps, daycare assistance and health care assistance
such as Medicaid and Medicare.
Transportation Assistance
Soup Kitchen
Rent assistance St. Vincent de Paul
Free or reduced meals for school-aged children

Dental Resources
Healthcare for the Homeless (505)242-4644

Local Food Bank
Food banks are commonly found in all areas across the nation
and can be accessed by anyone in their time of need. Donations
come from grocery stores, wholesalers, restaurant owners and
individuals. Once the food is brought in, volunteers sort and pack
food kits for families in need. Single mothers can apply with their
local food bank to receive assistance with obtaining food. In
many cases, single mothers who make too much money to
receive additional state or federal benefits are able to receive
food donations from food banks.

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.

Federal Assistance Organizations
When you have exhausted your options on a local level, or simply
require further help, there are a variety of federal programs
designated to help low-income families and single mothers.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) - A
federal assistance program that provides temporary cash
assistance and food stamps to single mothers and low-
income individuals, showing a need.
Low Income Housing Energy Assistance Program
(LIHEAP) - A federal assistance program that provides
assistance with energy-related costs, including paying
utility bills, weatherization procedures and/or energy-
related home repairs.

Legal Assistance
Legal FACS (505)256-0417
Law ACCESS (505)998-4529
Metro Court (505)841-9817
New Mexico Legal Aid (505)243-7871

Rental or Utility Assistance
HELP Housing (505)265-3714
John Marshall Community Center (505)848-1345
Noon Day (505)246-8001
Catholic Charities (505)724-4670
Salvation Army (505)872-1171
St. Vincent de Paul (505)346-1500
LIHEAP (505)841-2128
Quest Phone Assistance Medicaid 1-800-244-1111
Help New Mexico (505)766-4922
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Counseling Resources
Sophie M. Serna, LISW (Bilingual Psychotherapist)
2403 San Mateo Blvd NE Suite S-5
(505)844-1295

St. Joseph Home Visiting Program
(505)924-8000
Provides first time mothers, fathers, and primary caregivers with
support and education. St. Joseph is a non-profit community
health organization and all services are free.

Nurse- Family Partnership
(505)272-3364
Are you less than 28 weeks pregnant with your first baby? If yes,
Nurse-Family Partnership can help. To learn more about this
FREE program, ask your health care provider or call your local
agency listed above.

Birthing Project USA
877-812-7872 (Contact Megan)
Are you having a baby? Would you like a Sister Friend to help
you: Find a healthcare provider, make plans for your baby, be
there when you need someone to talk to? For more information
please visit www.birthingprojectusa.org.

Nurturing Networks:
1-800-TNN-4MOM
Nurturing Networks provide practical, life-saving services to
women facing the crisis of an unplanned pregnancy, including
education options to continue her pregnancy and the life of her
unborn child without sacrificing her own hopes and dreams.

Rachels Vineyard:
www.rachelsvineyard.org
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.
The program is an opportunity to examine your abortion
experience, identify the ways that the loss has impacted you in
the past and present, and helps to acknowledge any unresolved
feelings that many individuals struggle with after abortion.
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. Call their toll-free national hotlines: 877-HOPE-4-
ME or 866-482-LIFE

Project Rachel:
http://hopeafterabortion.com/
www.project-rachel.net (Albuquerque, NM) (505)831-8238
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 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. 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.

Abortion Recovery:
http://www.abortionrecovery.org
Abortion Recovery helps individuals and families overcome the
emotional and psychological complications that are often
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experienced after an abortion. Recovery is often free, always
confidential and is available to ANYONE impacted by the loss of a
child by abortion. Abortion Recovery changes your life
forever. It 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.

Other Helpful Organizations
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.

Stand Up Girl:
www.standupgirl.com
Stand up Girl connects 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 our
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.

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Helpful resource information.

Labor Systems Job Center
www.LaborSystems.com or 505-766-5678
Personal services, temporary services, and hospitality services.