I was here in 1988 I had a daughter her name is Anwanette Renee hill, but I gave her up for adoption I think they changed her name to Morgan please help me locate her thank you Cheree mckeen
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.
In 1966 St. Anne's cared for me. The Sisters were helpful; the special classes provided skills and helped the time pass. The young women at the home were wonderful people and I pray their story is as happy as mine. I gave birth to a daughter on my actual due date and I relinquished her for adoption. Almost forty years later we found each other and we have an incredible, loving relationship. My husband welcomes her as his own; my sons also know her and her family. St. Anne's was partly responsible for this loving relationship due to their example of faith and unconditional love. Thank you St. Anne's.
I lived at St. Anne's from January 1985-August 1985. It was a wonderful experience during a life-changing part of my life. I finished high school and received my diploma, I received counseling, and guidance regarding my choices as a pregnant unmarried teen.
When I think of St. Anne's Maternity Home, I have fond memories. During those difficult months St. Anne's provided love, support, knowledge, and friendship. I was only 15 years old when I arrived on my birthday week, I then turned 16. I was so scared, but the funny thing is that I bumped into one of my friends from my high school. We didn't have a clue that we were in the same predicament. We hugged, and cried. I was able to continue my junior year. I was encouraged to stay in school. Since I kept my baby girl, I was also taught how to care for a newborn. I gave birth to a healthy baby girl April 10, 1981. That baby just turned 30, and I am so proud of her. She is a teacher, and just gave birth to a beautiful son this past Feb. 2011. I was able to graduate high school, and graduate from college. My husband and I have 5 daughters, and we will be forever grateful to St. Anne's. They also treated my husband (then boyfriend) with respect and encouragement. He too, finished high school, and graduated from college with B.A. and Masters from USC. Thank you St. Anne's we love you!!!!!!!
I was at St Anne's at the age of 15 from Feb. - April 1982 when I gave birth to my son and gave him up for adoption. The staff at St Anne's was very supportive. This difficult time in my life was made easier by being there.
During the 70's, I had the wonderful privilege of working at St. Anne's in the Social Service department. I continue to be in touch with a number of the young women who were there during that time; they have blossomed into mature and giving women who would be in a very different place today were it not for St. Anne's. It was duirng this decade that St. Anne's experienced a change to housing and caring for more and more wards of the court. Today, as I serve as a Board Member, I see how wondrously the lives of young women and their children, who might otherwise be caught in the downward spiral of poverty, drugs and a destructive lifestyle, are given choices that offer life to them and to those around them. St. Anne's has made, and continues to make, monumental strides in the care and support for growth on all levels for the women, children and families served. In addition to caring for those actually housed at St. Anne's, St. Anne's has become a vital component in its neighborhood--reaching out to those in need and truly making a difference in Los Angeles.
I would like to share my experience as a volunteer from two prospectives.
The definition of volunteer is two fold, those you are serving " the attendees" and "the organization" however ultimately it is the cause.
Saint Anne, provides a phenomenal service to the young girls who would generally have no place to turn.
Speaking from a personal experience I was fortunate to be accepted to Saint Anne it turned what some would say the end to a pointual future to life long positive experience. By offering me a safe and nurturing enviorment to live along with econamic skills and job training.
I walked in as a girl with little to no future and walked out a young women with potential. So my volunteer efforts stems from what I was exposed to durning my stay at Saint Anne being surrounded by the continuous generosity of other with no agenda.
It is amazing to see the positive growth in the area of programs and projects that Saint Anne offers.
I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with all levels of Saint Anne staff members possess, integrity, professionalism and sincerity.
I will continue to volunteer and will take great pride in doing so.
I lived at St Ann's from Nov 1993 to fed 1994 when I gave birth to a beautiful health baby boy at Queen of Angels Hospital. I did give him up for adoption through Holly Family. I was 15 and I would say of the 100 girls there 50% where the same age me, only one other gave up her child for adoption, it was very hard and sister Claire was my Angel and prayed with me and helped get through that rough time. I loved having my Dr appointment right on sight. Now that I have three other children I appreciate how easy that was. I would do it all over again and not change a thing. I made some great friends and being with girls going through the same thing was the best. God is Good Thank you St Ann's for being there for me
Christine Wilson White
Hi, my name is Dana Ramey, I lived at St. Anne's Maternity home in 1986. My baby boy (Darius) was born at Queen of Angels Hospital on December 7, 1986. The time I spent there was a soothing, quiet time for me. I was afraid before I got there, but Mrs. Crusor, the Housemothers and the Sisters took good care of me. I remember going to my prenatal appointments in the same building, taking the parenting classes, going to the group counseling meetings with Mrs. Crusor and working on my high school diploma at the school directly across the street (can't beat that). Mrs. Crusor was wonderful and I still often think about her. I remember how calming it was having the Nuns around, knitting, walking around and talking to us. I will NEVER forget the cafeteria, it looked like The Sizzler... : ) Oh, man, all that good food!!! I think what I will always remember is that it was a safe place to be. To this day, I always seek safety and serenity and I'm sure St. Anne's instilled some of that in me. I hope that St. Anne's revelance is recognized and rewarded. For some girls, it was the only stable environment to be experienced and savored. My son Darius, is 24 yrs old, in his 5th year in the Navy, stationed in Everett, Wa, a wonderful young man, I am a proud Mama. God is good. I currently work in the medical field as a Medical Coder, I am self sufficient, have a great family, wonderful friends, healthy and I love God. How great is that?
My name is Julie Brady. I was fortunate enough to have found a home at St. Annes in March through June of 1982. I was in my senior year of High School when I became pregnant. Abortion for me was not an option, but neither was remaining at home during my pregnancy. My mother was supportive but the decision was made that my grandparents and aunt would not be told, nor any of my friends. This secrecy was difficult and the lies we told to explin my absence even harder but I was so lucky to be welcomed in a place where I could just be free and open. It was scarey to leave home but still a relief when I got there. From the moment I walked through the St. Annes doors I felt at home. My wonderful Social Worker Sandra Crusor along with Nurse Menor, Sister Anthony Claire and Sister George, the rest of the wonderful staff and the girls were a great support system and have remained in my memories in a positive way. The classes both in parenting and in vocational training were really great. I remember my first night at St. Annes we went to see a Polish dance team. It was during Polands solidarity time and it was so thrilling to be there! I loved that we were able to use the pool and the kitchen. I remember the last night I was at St. Annes my mother had brought me brownie mixes and a group of us were giggling in the kitchen like any other teenagers at a slumber party. There was a "store" in the basement with donated maternity clothes where we could go shopping . I remember my room and roommate, Toni, so well.
My pregnancy had a sad end. I had made the decision to give my daughter up for adoption and had picked a wonderful family with the help of Catholic Family Services. The counselor I worked with was so kind to me. Unfortunately the day before my due date it was discovered that no heart beat could be felt. I was not alarmed in that 17 year old everything will be ok in the end kind of way. I was sent to Queen of Angels Hospital for an ultra sound and the next day my mother was called in. Mrs. Crusor and Nurse Menor told us that my baby would be still born. I was taken to St. Annes and my labor was induced. Unfortunately the umbilical cord had wrapped around her neck as she shifted. She was a beautiful baby, I know because the doctor insisted I see her and he was right. I hasve always been greatful to him for that. The love and support I received from the St. Annes staff was so comforting. Even at that time I had nothing but gratitude for the hospitality and kindness I had received there and as the years have passed the pain of my loss has eased and all that remains is a good memory of the few months I was cradled at this wonderful institution. I had a rough few years after my St. Annes experienc, a marriage that could have been better and unfortunately, or fortunatel;y actually, that ended in divorce, but am now a Social Worker myself and the proud mother of 3 grown sons and a grown daughter and am a grandmother as well.
I have been back to St. Annes once several yaers after my stay. It looked so different even then but the feeling was still there. I plan to make another visit soon.
Though my experience ended in sadness at the time, I thank from the bottom of my heart every loving person who cared for me while I was there, and am greatful that St. Annes is still there ready to give a home to those who need it.