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Aren’t You Just Another Program? What to Expect When Enrolling?

There’s no short list of to-dos if you find yourself pregnant in unplanned circumstances. You may be wondering: What makes our program different?

Our program exists to serve our clients with a combination of practical services and 1-on-1 relationships in a compassionate, pressure-free environment.

Filling the Gap of Pregnancy Support 

Our unique program is here to fill the gap for those who are pregnant who may feel they have nowhere else to turn during an unexpected pregnancy.

Unconditional Support

You will be matched with a caring volunteer mentor who commits to meeting regularly as long as you need support. You determine the frequency you’re comfortable with, with no pressure from your mentor. 

Relationships look like true friendshipmeeting for coffee, going for walks, or attending appointments or going to a community resource together so you have the support you deserve.  The relationship can continue after pregnancy if you want!

Tangible Gifts and Resources

A Friend for You maintains relationships in real ways, like sending cards on the holidays and providing meals you pick out after pregnancy! Fun, surprise gifts are mailed during your pregnancy for encouragement.  Everyone loves a surprise card or package in the mail, right?

Beyond the relationship, your mentor can help connect you with essential services like prenatal care, housing assistance, etc. 

How Do I Qualify for this Program?

There are only two requirements.  If you’re pregnant and are willing to meet regularly with your mentor, then you can join. 

We will identify your immediate needs and provide resources or referrals to address those.

Then we’ll explain the program more in-depth and answer any questions you have. We want to listen to you to hear your concerns or needs.  If you want to join, we will then connect you with someone within 24 hours.  

We will email you information about your mentor, a picture, and a gift to welcome you to the program even before your first meeting! 

Next Steps

Every woman deserves to feel supported and loved during her pregnancy. The combination of emotional and practical support of our Friendship Program is designed to ensure no one has to undergo this experience alone. 

Contact us today to learn more!

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Without Support, How Do I Raise a Child?

One of the biggest concerns you may have dealing with an unexpected pregnancy is the lack of support available in your life.

You may be worried because your partner left or will leave when they discover your pregnancy. You may not have a network of extended family or friends ready to help.

The good news is that you don’t have to face this alone. There are many resources available and people who will support you—all within your community.

What Kind of Support is Available to Me?

Many programs and resources are in place nationwide to empower those who are pregnant and those with children to finish school, pursue their careers, and continue with their lives and dreams.

Some of these programs and resources include: 

  • Government Assistance: this can range from programs to pay for medical care to programs that assist with proper nutrition and basic necessities for your pregnancy and beyond.
  • Nonprofits: Many nonprofits help pregnant women thrive with programs aiding in life skills and career building as well as material resources you may be looking for. More than that, they provide a strong support network of other women committed to seeing you succeed.
  • Schools: Many schools understand the changing needs of their students and have specific resources to allow pregnant women or young moms the ability to continue their education and career goals. 

Getting Support from A Friend for You 

With all the options and opportunities available, it can be challenging to know where to start. The good news is we can help and connect you to material and professional  resources you need.  

The team at A Friend for You knows what it’s like to be facing an unplanned pregnancy and can match you with a friend to support you throughout your pregnancy.

Wondering what having a matched friend might be like during this time? Read a few of our client stories.

You’re not in this alone. Contact us today to learn more about our program.

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6 Practical Ways to Support & Help Your Friend Who Is Pregnant 

It’s common to want great friends. Friends who care about you, spend time making sure you’re doing well, and who genuinely want you to succeed. Friendship is a wonderful thing, and we all strive to have great ones. However, sometimes it’s hard to figure out how to practically show you care when someone you value is facing challenges.

Here are practical ways to help you show someone who is pregnant some unconditional love and support. We want to help you be that resource they reach out to when they are in need, and that friend they KNOW they can count on: 

  1. Take her for a cup of coffee. Small acts of kindness go a very long way. Extend the offer to take a friend out to her favorite coffee shop and buy her favorite drink. It’s a small little gesture, affordable and won’t break the bank, and the friend will really appreciate the time and effort you’re pouring into the friendship.   It also gives her an opportunity for her to share her feelings, fears and emotions she’s going through while pregnant.  Dropping by with an inexpensive flowers or an offer to take a walk helps to support your pregnant friend.
  1. Babysit older children so she can take a nap. Small acts, we will keep repeating it. Even the smallest of offers like going to your exhausted friend’s house for a couple hours to keep the older kids busy while she naps will make her day. 
  1. Maybe practically help her with those chores that everyone despises and dreads doing? The laundry, the dishwasher, offering to grab some milk at the grocery store on your way over to her house… the list goes on.  Being specific in what you are offering helps her be more comfortable to say yes to your help.
  1. Remember her on holidays and her birthday – she may have no one in her life to say she is valued and loved. Small things… sound familiar? Just make a note on your planner or work calendar to reach out to her on these important days. To her, she needs to know she is remembered, valued, and thought of. 
  1. Ask her about her practical needs and support system.  Who is there to help her if there was an emergency besides you?  If she doesn’t have a lot of family or friend support, there are many nonprofits that stand ready and waiting to help provide material and professional resources and practical help to help her.
  1. If you don’t live immediately near her, a phone call or text to say you’re thinking of her may mean more than you know.  We’ve all heard from a friend at just the right moment and it feels life-giving.

No matter the situation, whether your friend is experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, looking for support during pregnancy, or in general resources during your pregnancy – our community is here for you!  

These practical suggestions may seem so simple, but they’ll add up to those around you and make all of the difference for someone who is pregnant to feel seen, heard, valued and understood.  A Friend for You is available to provide your friend emotional support, connection to community resources and encouraging gifts along the way. 

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Practical Ways to Be a Friend & Help Someone Who Is Pregnant

It’s common to want great friends. Friends who care about you, spend time making sure you’re doing well, and who genuinely want you to succeed. Friendship is a wonderful thing, and we all strive to have great ones. However, sometimes it’s hard to figure out how to practically show you care when someone you value is facing challenges.

Here are practical ways to help you show someone who pregnant some unconditional love and support. We want to help you be that resource they reach out to when they are in need, and that friend they KNOW they can count on:

  • Take a friend for a cup of coffee. Small acts of kindness go a very long way. Extend the offer to take a friend out to her favorite coffee shop and buy her favorite drink. It’s a small little gesture, affordable and won’t break the bank, and the friend will really appreciate the time and effort you’re pouring into the friendship.  It also gives her an opportunity for her to share her feelings, fears and emotions she’s going through while pregnant.
    • Think about this: How would you feel if you had a rough day and your friend texted you, asking the two of you meet up for coffee the next day, coffee on her? If it were us, we know it would be a great blessing – a great joy – and absolutely provide the light needed at the end of a long day. Friends help friends be better people!
  • Babysit older children so she can take a nap. Small acts, we will keep repeating it. Even the smallest of offers like going to your exhausted friend’s house for a couple hours to keep the older kids busy while she naps will make her day.
    • Maybe even those chores that everyone despises and dreads doing? The laundry, the dishwasher, offering to grab some milk at the grocery store on your way over to her house… the list goes on. See if there are any chores like that you can just do without asking for a pregnant friend in need.
  • Remember her on holidays and her birthday – she may have no one in her life to say she is valued and loved. Small things… sound familiar? Just make a note on your planner or work calendar to reach out to her on these important days. Even if you didn’t wake up knowing it was her special day, she doesn’t need to know that. To her, she needs to know she is remembered, valued, and thought of.

No matter the situation, whether you or a friend are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, looking for support during pregnancy, or in general resources during your pregnancy – our community is here for you! These practical suggestions may seem so simple, but they’ll add up to those around you and make all of the difference for someone who is pregnant to feel seen, heard, valued and understood.