I was 15-years old in June 1989 when I entered St. Anne's Los Angeles. I stayed until August when I had my baby boy. I put my son up for adoption, which seemed to be the best decision at the time as I had no support at home. I've been looking for him ever since to no avail. I've always been extremely thankful to St. Anne's and the supportive staff for their guidance and assistance with making such a difficult decision at such a young age. I am still searching for my son till this very day. I've never got the chance to thank St. Anne's and my case worker, Alberta Folk.
I was a resident of St. Ann's in 1968. I don't know how my daughter and I would have survived without their loving care. The facilities, healthcare, Nuns and support were wonderful. I was so well taken care of and even able to finish High School while I was in residence. They helped me through the adoption process and found a loving Catholic home for my baby. During such a difficult time, it was such a blessing to be at St. Ann's.
While volunteering there, I couldn't help but notice the professionalism and genuine concern and care for the young women at St. Anne's-in particular, the Development Department. With hearts full of compassion, they make sure their needs are met, both in the material and spiritual sense. They have a genuine desire to help these ladies become self-sufficient members of society and approach their difficult task of raising money in these difficult economic times with such passion and a genuine belief in what they are doing. I highly recommend volunteering or donating to this worthy cause.
As a follow-up to a previous review over a year ago, I would just like to say how impressed I am with the evolution of this organization. This organization very easily could have been lost with changing times; however, it has risen to the occasion over the years. St. Anne's continues to grow along with and for the community, and I will happily continue to volunteer here for years to come!
St. Anne's holds a special place in my heart as I was born there -- let's just say quite some time ago. Because of my connection, and in my quest to connect with my past, I began getting to know the organization over the last couple of years. I have volunteered at a few of their events and have discovered a great group of people who are making a significant impact in the community. One of things I am most impressed with is St. Anne's acknowledgment and willingness to change with the times. At the time that I was born, it was essentially a safe place for unwed mothers to carry, deliver and adopt out their children. My birth mother was treated well while there.
I now see a place where young women can continue their education, gain useful employment skills, and get their feet firmly planted on the ground -- all while carrying, deliver and KEEPING their children. St. Anne's provides a safe and productive opportunity for these young women and their children, which inevitably impacts the surrounding community.
I've sincerely enjoyed working along-side the employees and other volunteers at fundraising events, and definitely continue to do so in the years to come!
I stayed at St. Anne's in the early 70's. I was from an abusive home, 15 years old, alone and pregnant. St. Anne's was a safe harbor where I was treated with respect and compassion. St Anne's enabled me to continue my schooling uninterrupted and I ended up graduatiing BEFORE my class. I'm so grateful for St. Anne's and the individuals that dedicated their time and energy to helping me and steering me in the right direction. My experience was also the very first time another adult explained to me that my abusive father's actions weren't my fault and that I could stop the cycle by learning to make different choices. Saying thank you would never be enough but know that not only did I raise my son successfully but I brought 5 other children into the world and adopted another. I've been married for 33 years, was a stay at home mom, and later worked outside the home, when my children were old enough to enjoy the time apart from me. I've spent a lifetime learning how to make healthier choices than my parents did. I am one of your success stories and remain extremely grateful for the part St. Anne's played in my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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I am an adult adoptee who was born in 1964 and My birth mother lived at St. Anne's during her pregnancy. From all the letters and documents that I have found it looks like she and my adoptive parents were thoroughly cared for and helped along the way to what they needed. I am glad such a place was available for an unwed mother who needed a place to belong. Writing in gratitude, E.C.
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I have been volunteering at St. Anne's and been a member of various boards for a dozen years. I can truly say this is the best run non-profit organization that I have ever had the pleasure to work with. The staff are caring professionals and the programs that they provide for these young women and their families are exemplary. As a mental health professional myself, I can see how much the staff have helped their clients in all aspects of their lives.
I resided at St. Anne's in 1990. I was a scared, pregnant 15-year-old. There I received better parenting instruction than I would have at home. Not only that, I received spiritual guidance as well. The counselor there equipped me with the tools I needed to go back to high school. I was advised that getting my education was important, not only to myself, but to my son's future. She put me in touch with the director of the Parent/Infant program at Santa Monica High School, and as soon as my son turned 6 weeks old, I was back in high school. The encouragement that I received during my stay there laid the foundation that I needed to be a productive parent. While my son's childhood was not perfect, he was always well cared for, because of the guidance I received at St. Anne's. The lessons learned at St. Anne's continue to guide me as I raise my two daughters, ages 9 and 11.
I currently hold a Bachelors and Masters degree in Sociology. I will be returning to school soon to pursue a doctorate degree. My son, Christian, now 20 years old, serves in the United States Air Force. Tomorrow, after just 5 months of service, he will be promoted to Airman First Class.
We are one, among many, of St. Anne's success stories!
I lived at St annes with my son Michael from 1996 to 1997 . I was 17 and my son was 16 months when we came to St annes. I learned many things about how to be a good mother . I met some wonderful people , staff , volunteers and residents . I made some wonderful lifelong friends . I wasn't used to many rules when I went to St annes and had a hard time with that then but looking back I really appreciate it . As a child my parents set very few guildlines and St annes gave me that . I also was able to graduate high school ontime which wouldn't have happened if it weren't for St annes . I am now 32 with 4 wonderful kids and my son Michael is a great teen at 16 . Thanks St Annes
What a valuable organization St. Anne's proved to be. As a teen, when I first learned that I was pregnant, I was devasted, shocked and believed it was the end of the world for me. My dream of going to college was shattered due to an unexpected pregnancy. My intention was to get away and have my child peacefully. Not only was I placed in a safe and educational environment, but also had the opportunity to experience the miracle of carrying a baby with other expectant mothers and not be looked down on since I was a pregnant teen. I remember my first day at St. Anne's I cried since it was first time being away from home and didn't know what the future would bring. Because of the unique organization of St. Anne's , I was well prepared to face the challenges of being pregnant, being a young mother and also being a teenager. Because of St. Anne's I had the opportunity to make good choices for myself and for my baby. I now have a wonderful career in Human Resources and my baby is now 24 years old planning her wedding and preparing to graduate with her Master Degree in Education. I am truly grateful for my experience at St. Anne's.