In conjunction with the Diocesan of Orange Respect Life Month campaign during October, Bishop Kevin Vann designates Oct. 4, 2020 as Respect Life Sunday, on which the diocese celebrates its 26th annual Pennies from Heaven Campaign.
Since 1994 the Diocese of Orange has been collecting funds to support local Respect Life shelters, clinics, and centers that give immediate and long-term care to Orange County women, men, and families facing unexpected pregnancy. This collection is one substantial way that our diocese promotes a culture of life in our community.
These donations also serve as an opportunity for parishioners to participate in formation around life issues and practical efforts to help our neighbors affected by threats to the life and dignity of the human person during Respect Life Month, especially during this time of additional challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This year, funds raised will support the following Respect Life organizations.
Located in the city of Orange, Casa Teresa’s goal is to help women who have chosen life for their baby by providing a temporary home. They also provide group counseling in childbirth, nutrition, parenting, mental health, finance, educational aid, job training, and spiritual guidance.
HORIZON PREGNANCY CLINIC
Located in Huntington Beach, Horizon Pregnancy Clinic is a God-led nonprofit that provides free and confidential pregnancy medical services to include: pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, an education/mentor program (Earn While You Learn), options counseling, Reality Check – a sexual integrity program, White as Snow – and a post-abortion recovery program.
Located in La Habra and Santa Ana. Life Centers are pregnancy resource centers offering free self-administered pregnancy tests, infant and maternity supplies and clothing, client advocacy, and medical referrals. The La Habra Life Center has now become a pregnancy clinic. Now that they are a licensed medical clinic, they are able to provide ultrasound exams.
Mary’s Path provides safe and loving shelter for girls under age 18 with crisis pregnancies. There are many programs for the girls designed to help them develop maturity, responsibility, self-esteem, ensure the health of the mother and child, develop skills, and set future goals.
OBRIA MEDICAL CLINICS
Obria Medical Clinics are fully-licensed community care clinics providing professional medical consultations, pregnancy testing, limited obstetric ultrasounds, STD testing, HIV/AIDS testing, abortion education, well-women care and prenatal care.
PRECIOUS LIFE SHELTER
Located in Los Alamitos, the Precious Life Shelter provides both emergency and transitional housing, food, and safe living conditions for homeless women in crisis pregnancies. The shelter aids needy women ages 18 or older regardless of race, creed, financial or marital status.
VIETNAMESE HOT LINE
These 24-hour hotlines with trained client advocates that offer
free client advocacy, self-administered pregnancy testing, infant
supplies and medical referrals to Vietnamese pregnant women in crisis.