Oakland Post December 21-27,2011
By Lenora Williams
Support Casa Vincentia Shelter for Young Pregnant Women
As holiday bells are ringing Casa Vincentia a home for homeless pregnant women ages 18-25 is in need of financial donations to maintain their home for desperate women and their unborn child. Some argue the right to life but little talk about how that translates into a formula for everyday life. Right to life and a right to homelessness can be one in the same for these young women. What about them, young women who choose life over abortion? The young women at Casa Vincentia choose to have their babies; where they learn as the Director of the home says, “Being pregnant is not an illness, it is a temporary condition.”
Mother Mary’s baby lay in a manger in a stable because there was no room in the Inn. Casa offers the manger and a home for homeless pregnant women who have been told there is no room in any other home for them. These women like Mary need shelter. Who can help? This is a season of giving, a wonderful time to open our hearts to a worthy cause, homeless pregnant women. Casa Vincentia is an excellent nonprofit program and it is in need.
Welcome to Casa Vincentia a former convent for nuns attached to Saint Cyril’s School, now known as Millsmont Academy School. Sister Maureen Webb established the shelter 25 years ago. Her vision was to have a home that offered an alternative to women having to choose abortion or homelessness. Ms. Barbara Jackson has been the Executive Director for the past17 years. Even though there has been a changing of the guard the mission has remained the same. Casa Vincentia offers the women a nurturing, loving and caring environment. Their motto is “Welfare is a stepping stone not a restingplace.” Therefore, it is mandatory that the women continue their education, job training or seek employment. The women enter the shelter at anytime during their pregnancy and remain approximately 2-8 months after the birth of their child. This shelter promotes healthy pregnancies and babies. Casa has a successful history of healthy births. Their most recent baby born December 18,2011 weighed 9 LBS; 8oz. Casa also helps young mothers in the community who a rein need of baby items and/or referrals.
We are asking corporations, churches, businesses and individuals to make a tax deductible donation in any amount to help Casa Vincentia to continue their essential services to help homeless pregnant women.The shelter consistently receives new baby cribs, clothes, and baby care products; they are donated by churches and nonprofit organizations throughout the year. The interior walls and floors of the shelter are taking care of by carpenters, painters and others who donate their time and resources. Due to lack of funds Ms. Jackson is the only paid staff person, therefore, we are also asking that anyone with grant writing skills to donate time to help her secure at least one staff person. She is also in need of a person(s) to assist with updating Casa Vincentia’s Website.
There is no greater gift than the gift of giving.The young women and Casa Vincentia are in need of your financial gift.
Send your gift to: Casa Vincentia, 3210 62Avenue, Oakland, CA 94605. For additional information please call shelter director, Barbara Jackson at (510) 729-0316 or send an email to Casa Vinentia@yahoo.com