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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Christianity, Family Planning, Health, Human Services, Mental Health, Personal Social Services, Religion, Reproductive Rights

Mission:

Caris is a faith-based organization providing the emotional support and practical resources women need when facing unplanned pregnancies. Through free services, including professional counseling, medically accurate information and connection to community resources, Caris creates a safe environment where a woman can have hope and confidence about her pregnancy and future decisions.

 

Programs: Caris has four pregnancy clinics in the Chicagoland Cook County area. We counsel women, give them facts about abortion, adoption, and parenting and give them information on all options. Free pregnancy tests and ultrasound scans are offered, which enables the under-resourced to make informed decisions about the life of their child. We also connect our clients to parenting classes, and give referrals for doctors, lawyers, and other social services. Finally, in an effort to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies, we provide abstinence education in Chicago area schools, including Chicago Public Schools, as Caris Prevention Services.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Caris is the reason my son is here today. He is 4 years old now with a bright amazing future. Caris staff helped me achieve my goals & stood by my side with support when nobody else would. I am now a college graduate with my Associates & 2 more semesters left for my Bachelor's in Criminal Justice, working towards becoming an FBI agent. I would give my last breathe for a team like this. They are truly GODS ANGELS! And I thank GOD every single day for blessing me with this this GIFT! Thank you so much Cori Moschberger & Caris Staff........GeeGee

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Donor

Rating: 5

My interaction with the professional Staff at Caris is always an encouraging and inspiring experience. When I am fortunate enough to meet with them, I am able to hear the passion of their message and I am reminded why I partner with Caris. I've heard the testimonies of numerous women whose lives have been forever changed by the tireless effort of the Caris Staff. Many of these women looked to abortion as the only solution. Caris provides a viable alternative and gives these women the training, tools and resources to make them better parents. I really appreciate the overall supportive and positive stance that Caris takes as it relates to the controversial and divisive issues surrounding unplanned pregnancies. Women coming into the Caris Clinic are well aware of the difficult situation in which they find themselves. What these women need are answers and solutions. At Caris, these women find grace and support. It is an honor to partner with such a dedicated and talented organization.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely love CARIS and all that it stands for! I have been so blessed to witness firsthand how greatly CARIS has benefited so many lives. Some mothers who have received support from CARIS have taken the baton and are supporting other women in unplanned pregnancies. The staff members are sincere, compassionate, and highly knowledgeable in their field of expertise. CARIS is an organization that I am passionate to volunteer at, donate to, and tell others about.

9

Donor

Rating: 5

Caris is an organization that serves women and children affected by unplanned pregnancy. Since I began my volunteer/donor partnership with Caris in 2008, I have seen nothing but faithful observance of their mission and authentic dedication to the women and children they serve. Caris has intentionally set themselves apart from other groups who serve in this capacity, seeking to find better ways to love and honor their clients. They have been unendingly committed to the practice of understanding their clients' emotional and physical needs and faithfully determined to meet those needs on every level. I love Caris. They not only bring hope and joy to those they serve, they bring ME hope and joy with every experience I have with them.

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Throughout my time volunteering at Caris I was overwhemed by the warm, trusting and caring environment I got to be a part of. All of the staff was so supportive and passionate about making a difference in the lives of young girls facing unplanning pregnancies. I was so proud to be a part of such an amazing organization and hope to volunteer again in the future as time permits!

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Caris is a trusted place where any women who finds herself in crisis with an unplanned pregnancy can come and find support and encouragement. I appreciate the way Caris reaches out to, and cares for, each woman, not only with the goal of saving her unborn child, but also with the desire to help her in her struggles as well. Caris offers women technical support, counselling and the opportunity to join connection groups where a she can join with other women in a loving atmosphere and be supported through her pregnancy. I would gladly and confidently recommend Caris to any woman in need.

9

Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

Willow Creek Community Church has been privileged to partner with Caris for over s decade. During these years we have served with Caris and have been the recipients of their remarkable ministry. To be able to provide those in an unplanned pregnancy with a compassionate and professional place to receive assistance is a gift. Caris is vital to the communities and individuals they serve.

10

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have seen CARIS change lives firsthand - both through providing assistance and support for a 14 year old pregnant friend of one of my daughters and through watching the diverse ways the organization has supported women over the 20 years of my involvement with CARIS. CARIS respects the dignity and choice of pregnant women and assists them, through a counseling based model, as they walk through the uncertainty and fear surrounding an unplanned pregnancy. The many other support and connection activities insure a continuing interaction with women in need.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Caris does an outstanding job serving vulnerable women facing unplanned pregnancies. I serve with their employees, volunteers, and clients at our church and all of them affirm what I have seen--an organization that is designed to serve and empower women who are in need. Their president, Angie Weszely, is both professional and compassionate, and she and her staff are creative and thoughtful in their approach to a culturally divisive issue. Our church recently chose Caris as the recipient of our 2010 Redemption Project and our congregation supplied funding and over 150 tote bags full of resources for new moms. It was a wonderful blessing to be a part of their ministry.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CARIS helped me heal and help. I started hosting baby showers and connecting other groups to host showers, as well as adopt support groups. Seeing these BRAVE young mothers choose to have their babies has been such a healing experience for me. They have been empowered through the knowledge they receive in the first meeting with a counselor to the many weeks they spend in the support group. Caris helps the woman AND the baby. Not just Pro-life, but PRO-WOMAN. The organization helps these women see hope.