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Birthline of San Diego County Inc

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Causes: Health, Reproductive Health Care, Reproductive Rights

Mission: irthline exists for the sole purpose of assisting pregnant women and women with small children. We are a pregnancy support service, and we help every woman who calls on us. Single or married we assist them to have their babies rather than opt for abortion.

Results: We exceeded our goal for the 18th annual Walk for Life walkathon, our main fundraiser. We are focused on acquiring more grant funding and corporate sponsorships. We have won several grants this year from local women's organizations. We will be hosting the annual Christmas Party for our clients December 12th. We are focused on securing sponsors for a "Client Resource" room of computers and all things to enable our clients to become self-reliant in ONE visit. We seek sponsors to secure a larger building to house our growth, which will enable us to help even more of our disadvantaged wee neighbors and their families.

Target demographics: low-income women with children 0-5 years old in San Diego County

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,000 women and their families and sometimes extended families = well over 5,000 yearly

Geographic areas served: San Diego

Programs: Food, counseling, health and parenting education, referrals to medical, sobriety, housing, education and employment.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Birthline is an outstanding organization that supports and offers families in need so many things. They provide counseling and referrals for child care, medical insurance, jobs, education, parenting classes, domestic violence, County services, legal aid, food and clothing resources. In addition they offer emotional support and friendship to the families they serve. The volunteers are truly dedicated to the families they see.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Birthline is a wonderful source for families in crisis in San Diego County. The volunteers provide Counseling and referrals to many organizations that can help with Medical insurance, child care, education, jobs, housing and many other resources. They also provide food, clothes, diapers and friendship to families. I am a recently retired Public Health Nurse. I am now a volunteer with the Birthline because of the wonderful care and support that they gave the clients I referred to them. Jeanne

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Birthline is a great resource to the community. It helps women and young children by providing them with clothing, books, etc. It is staffed by volunteers who love what they do. It's an honor to be a member of the team.

Mary Ann F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!"

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Birthline is an organization helping women and children of the San Diego community. Having seen the amazing work they do firsthand, I know how appreciative the clients are that this organization is there to give them not only basic needs like food and diapers, but also referrals to help them acquire other desperately needed resources. Birthline helps women that just need to make ends meet on the occasional month or women that are homeless and need much more. And in the process of their much-needed assistance, the volunteers of Birthline exhibit an overwhelming amount of care and concern for their clients. I have been blessed to work alongside these women and pray for their continued success.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Birthline is made up of all volunteers. They are dedicated and loving and willing to share love in all situations. I volunteered there for only one year but I was amazed at the sincere effort they showed to everyone no matter what the circumstances. I keep them in my prayers daily.

Rosie S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered and supported Birthline for many years. It has helped many mothers thru difficult times. It is totally staffed by volunteers and we have no paid personnel. We supply to mothers with children under 5 with emergency food, formula, used clothing, diapers, etc. and referrals to various agencies. I am proud to associated with this organization. Rosie

MoSanDiego

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Birthline of San Diego has been a SOLID pillar of the San Diego community run soley by volunteers for OVER 33 years. A group of compassionate and dedicated women provide not only daily provisions (diapers, food, formula, clothing/shoes) to the poorest of poor women and their children 0-5 years old. Birthline also advocates a better future for these families with a plethora of social services: counseling, education, medical, employment, housing and much, much more. Your financial donation/inkind donation helps over 2,000 women a year who would otherwise have no source of assistance because their families and or the baby daddy has abandoned them. We listen, guide and advocate for these women and the future unborn residents of San Diego. Heads down assisting the clients has been our focus; However, it's a new era of change, and communicating the word out to the community to tour and advocate for this gem is NOW. It's time that more individuals join the coalition already supported by many schools, government representatives, churches and women's organizations. Donate your apperal, money or your time, just get involved.