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Blessed Margaret Of Castello Home For Crisis Pregnancies

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Causes: Health, Reproductive Health Care, Reproductive Rights

Mission: The Blessed Margaret of Castello Home for Crisis Pregnancies, founded in 1986, is the longest continually active crisis pregnancy home in the Delaware Valley. It is a residential home for pregnant women offering support, guidance, and physical security in a loving atmosphere, throughout a woman’s pregnancy. Our services are free of charge. The Blessed Margaret Home offers love and support in a stable environment. We provide everything you need to deliver and to begin a new, independent life with your baby. We provide food and a secure and comfortable place to sleep and enjoy the companionship of other women, who are also preparing for motherhood. We also offer: Pregnancy counseling and classes Infant care and parenting skills training Nutrition and life skills classes Pregnancy tests Family intervention Housing referrals Adoption information and referrals Maternity and baby clothes Relationship counseling referrals Addiction counseling referrals All services are provided free of charge, thanks to donations from generous and loving supporters. ** You may also receive services such as diapers, clothes, etc as an outside client if you are not in need of residential services**

Results: We have assisted close to 2,000 women in our over 30 years of service and have provided a healthy start in life for nearly as many new infants.

Community Stories

37 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I learned about this wonderful organization through a friend. Over the last few months, I have received support in the form of diapers, wipes, clothing for my four year old as well as my new baby (the list goes on). The staff is kind and always willing to lend an ear. I have never felt judged because of my socioeconomic status and I can say with certainty that this organization is the real deal. I look forward to our next meeting.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Blessed Margaret of Castello Home for Crisis Pregnancies is the definition of what it means to give, assist, help, counsel, advise, support and guide without expectation. I became a resident of the home
mid-August 2019, while 10 weeks pregnant, primarily living out of my vehicle. I was referred by another organization (Marlene) with Hope Pregnancy Center, whom ensured me Blessed Margaret would provide as much support as possible to have a safe and healthy pregnancy. I contacted the organization by phone, explained my circumstances and received help almost immediately. The staff at Blessed Margaret were the driving force to my successful transition from the home. Eileen, Megan, Regina, Roz and a host of board members and volunteers provided support where necessary. I appreciate all the assistance I received through my good and bad days. Initially, all I really wanted was a hot shower and a safe place to lay my head...they provided so much more, and I will forever be grateful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I been on this place two times in 2012 was the first time and it was a very good experience the people over there was very helpful and now I'm been having help again 10 months ago and make me feel even more comfortable than the first time it's a very good place to go when you are pregnant and need help
I only can say thank you for everything.

Jessi Aguilar De J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I really don’t know where to start. This place has helped me so much. Anywhere from material stuff to find a friend and a person who is willing to listen to you and to help you in anyway they can. I have been coming here since I was pregnant with my second son and he is about to be one. And I can tell you that I’m so sad that the program ends when they turn one. I have found more than I expected. It’s amazing to feel that someone actually cares for you and your situations. I absolutely love this place I love all the girls and I will recommend it to my family, my friends and anybody that I can help to connect to this program.

Client Served

Rating: 1

The absolute worse place i have ever stayed. I stayed here in 2016 and was kicked out for not attending a house meeting. I told the director I had a meeting for permanent housing that same day and would not be able to attend weeks in advanced. When I got back I had to pack my stuff because I was being suspended for a week. I was told I had to call in a week to see if I could come back. I was 7 months pregnant with no where to go. I had to call around for a ride, I asked if I could sit on the porch while I figured things out and was told I could not be on the property. I had to sit on the side of the road and there was no sidewalk in the scorching hot son while I tried to find someone to take me back to Philly. On top of that I had to sign this yellow form we signed daily stating I was there even though I was getting put out so they could collect money for me even when I was not there. I worked while I was there and had to walk over a mile to work again with no side walk, the staff did not transport you unless they felt like it. Living there you had to buy your own food and cleaning supplies and share with everyone else. There was an entire basement full of baby supplies and the director never gave us anything but she would give a ton of donations to outside people and then call us downstairs to show us off to outside people to brag about how much was being done for us. I felt this place was extremely racist and misleading, they treated the young black women who were there like garbage because they were at a disadvantage. I hope this place is under new management because the director and the staff were truly terrible people. I never felt so oppressed in my entire life.

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blessedmargarethome 07/08/2020

I'm sorry you had a negative experience. I cannot comment on this specifically because I started here in 2018. I can say that the Home does not receive money for women to stay there and never has. We absolutely give residents baby items and assistance with food if they are not receiving SNAP benefits or don't have an income. Transportation can be provided if needed but we try to encourage the residents to be as independent as possible. We treat all residents with respect regardless of race. We have a diverse staff to provide services and take complaints very seriously. Please feel free to call me at 215-245-8039 to discuss further. Eileen- Executive Director

Client Served

Rating: 5

LOVE LOVE LOVE! They have helped me so much with clothes, formula and diapers. I so appreciate them and what they are doing for mother's! Thank you thank you thank you

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This non profit organization has helped me during the most difficult time for me. The members of the organization have been there for me for any questions I have had, for a conversation I have needed and also have helped me with baby stuffs throughout the first year of my baby. Thanks them my baby have had everything she has needed to grow up, and I a very good friend that has been there for me with her advice and her motivational words. I do not know how to thank them. For now I only hope that one day to be able to help with donations and why not to be part of them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They are all very good, caring people. They have helped by providing me with what my newborn baby has needed along the way and I am so grateful for all their help. They have helped an immense amount and even do weekly check up calls to ask if I am in need of anything.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was an intern at Blessed Margaret Castello Home for two semesters and it is a good experience for Health Promotion & Wellness majors. I was able to teach the residents in the home as well as counsel outside clients. The staff are very helpful and patient with their clients. They care about the women who come to them for help and do their best to supply them with the necessities they need for their children and themselves. They assist their clients with outside sources and follow up with their clients to ensure that they have received the extra assistance that they need. They are one of a kind.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love blessed Margaret. They were very nice and definitely very helpful being a single mom!! I wish it went longer than 1 yr. I'm gonna miss the staff very much!! And they're such caring people!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I loved going there they helped me so much n they are so nice and they always ask u how ur feeling and what's going on in your life and I liked that but if you need help this is the place to go they are amazing!!! This l you do much guys

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the mother of 3 kids. i want to thank all the staff at Blessed Margaret home for all the help and understanding they provided me during this prosses with my 3 kids. you are the best. thanks so much.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I moved into the Blessed Margaret Home November of 2018 while I was 3 months pregnant. I was previously living in my car for about two months. The staff was very accommodating and quick to move me in because of my situation. I enjoyed the classes that helped me become a great mom and I liked the one on ones with Megan when I could open up about things that were going on my life. We created a good bond to make it comfortable to live here. I was able to stay here after I gave birth until I found my apartment. The staff was genuine in their concern for me and my baby. Now I visit twice a month so that the staff can watch my daughter grow and we are able to talk. I still meet with Megan for one on ones and am able to get advice and ask questions about my baby and what to expect of the different stages until she is one. If you are looking for housing and are pregnant I 110% would recommend the Blessed Margaret Home.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an intern at Blessed Margaret, and truly ever since the day that I got hired the staff has been nothing short of welcoming and helpful. Being that this is my first experience in the field and outside of classes, it's terrifying because all you could hope for is accepting supervisors who strive to make you feel as comfortable as possible and reassure you that help is always available. I was lucky enough to have received that. The best part is that no matter who I am with while i work, every employee is equally as caring and willing to lend a hand as the next. I will be forever grateful to have begun my journey here and to have met all of the incredible individuals that I did. I look forward to seeing this company grow into everything that they have/are currently working so hard to make it become.

Client Served

Rating: 5

VERY VERY NICE PPL HERE LOVE HOW THEY WORK VERY HELPFUL GOOD SUPPORT THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR HELP

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been coming here since April of 2018 to this home. I've been getting help since I was pregnant and its helped me and my daughter a lot. The staff here is really nice and helpful. They have always been able to help me with what I need for my daughter.

Client Served

Rating: 4

It's a nice place to be and they help you with a lot of things. Its been a good thing for me since I got pregnant coming here because I have been acquiring a lot of information from Megan about my pregnancy.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a client for 8 months. My experience has been amazing. I have 4 kids and my friend recommended me to the Blessed Margaret Home for my kids needs and I come here every two weeks. It is helpful to receive diapers, wipes, and clothes here at the home.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am really thankful for all the help and the support they give me. They have helped me all through my pregnancy and after and I appreciate it. They help me with stuff for my baby. Thank God for this home and hope they continue blessing other people.

Client Served

Rating: 5

BMOC is a very comfortable and safe environment. Eileen is genuine and caring and was willing to answer any and all questions I had. She made me feel welcome and very supported.

Client Served

Rating: 5

For me I am grateful and everything is good. I am glad staff helps us with diapers and clothes for our babies. I have been coming to this home since 2010 when I was pregnant with my 1st child. I now have 3 girls and have been helped for all my children.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been coming here for 6 months and I am very pleased with the people who work here and the organization. I am very thankful for whoever started this program. God bless them and their families.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Blessed Margaret became a home for me when I had no place to go to. They accepted me, showed me love and supported me through my journey. As a first time mom, I was inexperienced and didn’t know what to expect, but Megan and Roz helped me by educating me. We had weekly classes and we were allowed to express our feelings.
While living in that home I felt so much comfort. The environment is very clean, the rooms are very spacious, it’s a full functional house and very importantly, the staff are amazing. They became family.
I felt at home during my time at Blessed Margaret. I know not so many of us like rules, but I think the rules at home were easy and reasonable. I enjoyed being looked out for. They really cared about our safety. I was called (checked up on) each time I was late and that made me feel good. At least someone cared for my safety.
I got supplies regularly from them. I got most of the things I needed for my baby and that saved me a lot money. BTW I still get supplies from them even after leaving the home.
I can go on and on. But I’ll like to emphasize on how supportive the staff are. They all became family to me. Megan is an amazing person she showed me so much love. And Eileen is just a beautiful soul, she’s selfless and honestly cares for people. Roz is a great person too, and the volunteers that came during the weekends are just a full bag of joy.
I loved my time there, and I’ll recommend this home for anyone who needs help and support. BLESSED MARGARET HOME IS A HOME AWAY FROM HOME.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am truly blessed to be able to go to Blessed Margaret Home and receive the essentials for my babies. The staff there are super awesome! I would totally recommend this organization to anyone that needs additional support for their family. I am extremely thankful to have them as apart of my support team.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Blessed Margaret of Castello home has helped me sooo much!!! anything I am in need of they are always quick to get for me including a car seat. And my monthly visits are something I always look forward too! Eileen and Meghan are great! thank you guys!!

Bobbe' Marie

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Since February 2019 I have been coming here since I found out I was pregnant. I enjoy coming here and talking about the pregnancy and the kids of how we are doing. It is a lovely place and they help us a lot.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Been coming here almost 2 months and it has been a good experience. Everything is going well for me and I am appreciative of the home. I am due in July.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been coming to the Blessed Margaret Home for the past nine months. I have received help with getting diapers, wipes, and clothing for my daughter. I come every two weeks and get to talk to a counselor about how my baby is doing and any problems that I may be having. I feel comfortable here.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I honestly do not know where to start! This home has been a BLESSING for my family. I have no idea where we would be without them. We are expecting twins in about 2 weeks and since my husband has been out of work they helped to get our family prepared for their arrival. We have had nothing but positive experiences with the home and everyone has been loving, caring, and helpful every step of they way. I really don’t know where we would be without the help and support of this whole nonprofit. We are truly greatful.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Of all the boards on which I have served, the Blessed Margaret Home has been the most fulfilling and fruitful. It is so nice when expectant moms tells us how "at home" they feel when staying with us - this is not an institution, it is a genuine Home where our mom-to-be guests can relax, be themselves, and converse with each other and the wonderful staff & volunteers. And after mom gives birth, they are welcome back with open arms as they prepare a happy and productive life with her new baby.
This is a nourishing and encouraging place!

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Client Served

Rating: 1

This shelter is not the best but not the worst. You cannot take naps here even if you work. You cannot have your phone past "bed time" which is 11o' clock. You have to pay for cleaning supplies and all toiletries for the house. You have to work until your due date or they will kick you out. You have to have foodstamps or give them 150$ in cash. You cannot show any anger or they will take it as attitude and write you up. They kind of bug you about getting along with the other girls even though we all have raging hormones. Oh yeah cant watch t.v until after 4 and you have to clean the house twice a week.

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blessedmargarethome 06/24/2019

The rules have been updated. We try to be accommodating to each women's unique needs. I would be more than happy to discuss your concerns. We require all staff and residents treat one another with kindness. Please reach out if you ever need support again. Eileen- Director

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Client Served

Rating: 1

This place is horrible. I wouldn't recommend anyone to go there. You will be better off sleeping in a dog house. The staff doesn't care and they dont try to help either. All they do is make unnecessary rules as they go. They even go as low as trying to start drama between the residents. This place gets no stars honestly but I had to at least choose one.

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blessedmargarethome 06/24/2019

I was not here at the time of your stay but I can assure you that most staff from that time period are not here anymore. We respect everyone that comes into this house. We are here to help if you ever need it. Eileen- Director

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Client Served

Rating: 1

This is the worst shelter ever! They will kick you out late at night with no where to go. They only like certain girls. The person in charge curses at us and gets really rude. I would really recommend a different shelter!!!!! They only give out rides when they want to! They will take advantage at the fact that your homeless.

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blessedmargarethome 06/24/2019

I am sorry you had a negative experience. I was not here at the time you were but I can assure you that no current staff would ever curse at you. We are here to help in a safe environment where you would be respected. Please reach out if you ever need support again. Eileen- Director

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This home does not provide food. They make you feel bad about going to a food bank when the fridge is empty. The fridge is empty more than often and they also tell us not to buy take out but on the other hand they tell us we need to buy cleaning supplies and our own toiletries to share. They charge 150$ to live here and make up rules and go by favoritism. Their website needs to truthful because they do not provide anything but a bed and once in a while baby clothes when they want to.

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blessedmargarethome 06/24/2019

I was not here at the time of your stay so I can only comment on the home since I started in 2018. We do provide food if you do not have an income or receive food stamps. Yes, we would encourage you to visit a food bank if needed. There is no charge to live here but you are required to buy your own personal items. We help our residents enroll in school/ job search, register for benefits and provide numerous baby items such as diapers/wipes, formula, clothes, etc. Please reach out if you ever need assistance again. Eileen- Director

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I don't know who or what the previous reviewers were talking about. My time at the Blessed Margaret home was a godsend and I can surely attest that staff do the work out of their love and concern for the unborn and for mothers with nowhere to turn.

I was given advice,treated with respect and kindness. I had cozy shelter, rides to the store and parenting classes.

Now You have no control over your housemates but there's potential for great kinship if you're open and respectful. Blessed is an amazing home.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

The two ladies that currently run here make up their own rules and will find little things to kick you out. They suspend residents to give staff a break and also compare one person situation to the next. The staff are not supportive of residents only each other. Be better off in different shelter.

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blessedmargarethome 06/24/2019

I'm sorry you had a bad experience. I have been director here for a year and would never tolerate that behavior from staff. Our staff is respectful, caring and supportive. I require all staff and residents to treat each other in a kind manner. Please reach out if you ever need support again. Eileen- Director

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This home is horrible. They take people in manipulate them, tear them down, and then kick them out! The woman who runs it is in it for the money. Truly sad!

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blessedmargarethome 06/24/2019

I cannot comment on that time period but I can assure you the staff at that time are no longer here. Please reach out if you ever need assistance again. We are truly here to help. Eileen- Director

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