Pregnancy & Parenting Support

PREPARES – Pregnancy and Parenting Support – is a program initiated by the bishops of our state in 2014. It began as a conversation about how to live out our Catholic teachings about the value of all human life and the prerequisite to protect and help those in need. In other words, the bishops sought to “walk the talk” regarding the intrinsic connection of life and justice. 

PREPARES was devised as a parish-based program that would assist young, vulnerable families in need during the first five years of their child’s life. The goal is that pregnant women and families without adequate resources can obtain essential resources through our parishes. 

Ways to Help

Support PREPARES by donating to the OPEN YOUR HEART APPEAL by mail or online at

Become a trained PREPARES volunteer at a local Catholic parish as a FAMILY COMPANION or SUPPORT GROUP member for Moms and Dads. Both opportunities provide practical, emotional presence and support to families in need. 

Sponsor a parish based NEEDS DRIVE to collect and distribute food and household needs or a CLOTHING CLOSET accessible to PREPARES families. Establish a parish TRAVELING CRIB for the collection of baby essentials. Provide age-appropriate PREPARES BAGS filled with infant and child items such as diapers, wipes, blankets, toys, and books. 


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