Hopeful Beginnings of St. Mary's is excited to celebrate Mothers' Day. While Mothers' Day can be a challenging day for many, Hopeful Beginnings believes it is an opportunity to reflect on the joys of parenthood. The agency is dedicated to maternal mental health and adoption services. They believe the best way to serve children is to care for and empower their caregivers. Services include free counseling for pre/postnatal perinatal mood disorders including postpartum depression and anxiety; grief and loss of a pregnancy; and/or general support transitioning to parenthood. Teen parents and local families in need are also supported with case management and a Baby Closet that provides baby essentials. Access to unbiased options counseling is what makes the agency truly unique as Hopeful Beginnings will be there to support mothers and families regardless of which of the three options for their pregnancy is chosen.
The agency has been in existence since 1887 when it was founded as a home for unwed mothers in Chicago. Thankfully, the world has changed much since then, but Hopeful Beginnings is still in existence to answer the call of caring for all birthing people, including mothers, and helping families thrive. Natalie Rodriguez, Hopeful Beginnings Executive Director acknowledges, "Parenthood is never easy, especially for those dealing with socioeconomic challenges. We are so excited to be supported by the Palatine Public Library this May." The library will be holding a drive for the Baby closet which provides essential items such as diapers, formula and clothing to any family expressing need. Other May events include their second annual walk on May 21st.