Believing in the sanctity of life and the innate value of each person, Hannah’s House is a maternity home that provides a safe environment, programming and support for the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of pregnant young women.
-Hannah’s House Mission Statement
The need in our community to have a safe place for pregnant teens to live during their pregnancy was first recognized by staff from Women’s Care Center. The vision of a maternity home became a joint project of Bethel College, the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne – South Bend, Saint Joseph Hospital in Mishawaka, and Women’s Care Center. A Board of Directors was formed from the sponsoring agencies, a home near the hospital was secured, and staff were hired. In 1993, Mother Care Home opened its doors to serve unwed teen mothers who were facing crisis pregnancies.
The home was given the new name of Hannah’s House in 1995 to symbolize the Biblical character Hannah, who greatly desired to be a mother. Catholic Charities came on board at this time to provide financial support and fiscal management until September 2000 when Hannah’s House became an independent agency. In 1997, Gurley Leep Automotive Family joined in with the original sponsors to support our mission.
The reputation of Hannah’s House has grown from a shelter for pregnant teens to an outreach ministry that provides a safe home, emotional support and programming to assist pregnant women of all ages in “getting their lives together”.
This positive image has resulted in increased referrals from community agencies, opportunities for media coverage and support from a variety of individuals, groups and churches within the community. Hannah’s House takes pride that it is funded solely by private donations and receives no government funding.
Hannah’s House is often filled to capacity; serving seven women and their unborn/newborn babies at any given time. Approximately 25-35 women live in the home annually.
At Hannah’s House, our commitment and passion to help those who choose life for their babies is a part of our daily life. This dedication inspires our staff and volunteers to instill hope in the women who seek our care.