How the Gabriel Project Works
Many mothers faced with crisis pregnancies feel abandoned by their families, the fathers of their babies, and their communities. More and more they are poor and in their teens. Some are homeless. Most feel afraid. For too many reasons abortion seems the only answer. Churches and pro-life service groups have sought ways to expand their embrace of women in crisis pregnancies. Now comes a way they can do so together…a way to combine the special power of prayer with a commitment to service…
The Gabriel Project.
The Gabriel Project is a Catholic parish-based ministry conducted under the direction of the Office of Public Policy & Social Concerns of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. When a call for help to the Gabriel Project hotline (800/910-2848) is received, the parish coordinator of the nearest participating Church, to where the mother lives, receives the referral. The coordinator contacts the mother and makes an initial assessment of her situation. A trained parish volunteer (angel) is assigned the responsibility for ongoing contact with the mother throughout her pregnancy and somewhat beyond. An initial meeting is arranged to further assess her needs and those of her preborn child. The parish community responds with love by providing spiritual, emotional and material support to help meet those needs..Through prayer and action the parish community assures the mother that she has their love and the love of Christ.
How to Become a Gabriel Project Volunteer Angel
The Archdiocese of San Francisco provides training for all volunteers who are interested in caring for a pregnant mother in need. A Gabriel Project angel fills the void left by missing family members who have abandoned this mother and her preborn child. The kinds of assistance may include:
· Friendship and emotional support
· Pastoral care and counseling
· Baby sitting
· Providing transportation
· Prenatal care
· Baby items
· Financial Assistance
information, see the link (above right) to the
The Gabriel Project of the Archdiocese of San Francisco (ADSF)
More than anything else, Gabriel Project churches embrace each pregnant mother who comes to them as their daughter, their sister, and their friend.