Birthline provides emotional support, material assistance, referrals to other community resources for any pregnant woman, as well as women with small children.
We believe it is our obligation to encourage women to choose life and then support them in that choice.
We do this by offering our friendship, giving food, formula, diapers, clothing and referrals
to the community, including their own faith based church so as to help any pregnant woman, and women with small children.
Birthline offers hope and a helping hand to women and families often facing desperate situations. The volunteers encourage women to build a life for themselves and their families by connecting them with resources for education and job training, as well as helping them with immediate short term needs of food and clothing. The volunteers care very much about the women they serve and their children.
Since I've been volunteering at Birthline for a number of years, my only regret is that I'm getting older and will someday not be able any longer. Birthline is fulfilling for both the volunteer as well as the client, as they interact to find ways to solve problems. When a client says she is so thankful that we are there for her, it is the most wonderful feeling. And knowing that all donations go to provide services for the clients (there are no paid staff) makes it even more gratifying.
As a 10+ year volunteer of Birthline, I find it to be all I hoped for and more. It really does give its clients much of what they want and more of what they need. It is a life-saver for many. I also feel it is well worth the donations I give as well, since there is no paid staff and all the funds go into keeping it going all these 33+ years. When we take a picture of a mom and her new baby (one for our wall and one for mom) and present her with a layette of all new clothes and other items for her baby, it is a wonderful feeling, for us as well as for her.
My husband & I have been volunteering at Birthline Monday evenings for just about 2 years. This is the most amazing place. In particular Birthline welcomes everyone who has chosen to parent their children regardless of color, creed, citizenship etc. We see all kinds of needs come through the door and watch folks leave with real help & encouragement. Birthline is a blessing to clients & volunteers alike.
After twelve years of volunteering with Birthline of San Diego County, Inc. I continue to feel blessed to to work with so many wonderful people who serve women (and their children in San Diego) who are in turmoil. It is truly a privilege to work towards the common good of my sisters in Christ. MAF
I am a volunteer at Birthline and have personally experienced the saving power of this organization. We do more than hand out diapers and formula. Women come to us scared, lonely and desperate. They leave knowing that they are not alone. We care and these women can feel it. Birthline has made me a more caring person. I love being able to put a smile on the faces of these beautiful women.
My daughters Brownie troop earned their Bronze award helping Birthline. They saw first hand how their work and donations helped the mothers-to-be. It also showed them how difficult their struggles were, just providing the basic needs of their families. They do great work at birthline for both emotional and tangible support.
I am a volunteer at Birthline and am so proud to work with all the wonderful people and volunteers there. I teach full time at a college and volunteer on my lunch hour. I usually come there beaten down by all my work stress, but after spending an hour with the warm and awesome people there, I leave feeling uplifted and proud of the work I do and the people I work with. Susie Hutchins
Catherine Ewers started Birthright during 1979 in a garage behind the rectory at St. Jude's Shine in Southcrest. Catherine's philosphy was that every women has the right to have her pregnancy be a joyful time in her life. And, every child has the right to live. Seeking to expand on what she started with Birthright become Birthline of San Diego County in 1990 with centers in Clairemont and Chula Vista. In 1988 she was among six counselors from Birthright to be honored at the White House by President Regan during a meeting with prolife organizations. My 20+ years as a volunteer has seen amazing growth as Birthlne continues with inspired volunteers who counsel mothers with children who need clothng, food, diapers, formula, and resource references that include food sources, housing, medical, child care, legal, etc. Imagine the emotion when a mother places her baby in a volunteer's arms and says, "Thank you for helping me keep my baby!"