Mary’s Shelter Gulf Coast in Elberta is the only residential facility for homeless pregnant adult women in Mobile, Baldwin, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties. Mary’s shelter was designed specifically for the purpose of housing homeless pregnant women and their children. Residents are allowed to stay at the shelter during the duration of their pregnancy and up to 6 months post delivery.
All residents participate in the Empower Me program, which promotes self esteem, independence, and self reliance by encouraging, engaging, and empowering participants through case management, counseling, education, vocational training, devotionals and supportive services. Every mother who is without a diploma is enrolled in the GED program. The program focuses on promoting healthy life styles, individual responsibility and accountability that fosters an understanding and acceptance of the roles and responsibilities associated with parenthood and community.
A dedicated group of volunteers from St Thomas by the Sea in Orange Beach founded MSGC in 2006. Since that time, the shelter has served 128 mothers, 48 toddlers and 77 babies.
Mary’s Shelter Gulf Coastis a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization funded solely by private and foundational donations and fundraising. The shelter depends on the generosity of our community to be able to provide services to our residents that transform desperate homeless pregnant women into nurturing independent mothers who are contributing members of society.
You can show your support for Mary’s Shelter Gulf Coast at Thunder on the Greens: 9th Annual Charity Golf Tournament. It’s happening Friday, August 15th atCraft Farms Golf Resort in Gulf Shores. It’s the kickoff event for the “FloraBama Shootout” as Thunder on the Gulf and Thunder Run Grand Prix come together. Sponsorship, volunteer and team opportunities are still available. Register online at http://www.golfdigestplanner.com/25201-thunderonthegreens
To learn more about Mary’s shelter and how you can help, please visit http://www.maryssheltergulfcoast.org/home.html