Crisis Care

Angelcare Opens New Facility as a Local Haven and Resource

Writer / Julie Yates
Photography / Cybil and Brandon Studios

After several years of careful planning and gathering of necessary funds, the faith-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Angelcare is opening its doors to provide a safe haven to pregnant/homeless teen girls who have lost the support of their family and friends.

The mission of the home is to provide education and support to young women aged 13 to 19 who are facing a crisis pregnancy. Physical, emotional and spiritual needs are addressed, to prepare both mother and baby for the future ahead of them. 

The newly built, 9,000-square-foot structure, located at 289 Pleasant Street in Trafalgar, was the vision of Founder Rita Norwood. Shortly after the foundation and walls of the basement were poured, she lost her battle with cancer. Now, more than six years later, her dream has come to fruition. A grand opening ceremony complete with a ribbon cutting was held on October 15.

According to Yadi Garcia, president of Angelcare, the home has the capacity to offer space for 12 residents, and they are initially starting with three individuals. Procedures are being put in place and constantly evaluated for adjustments that need to be made. However, the house is just one facet of the organization.

Off-site services will continue to be offered with the help of doulas, other health professionals and volunteers. Qualifying individuals are mentored through participation in counseling sessions, and classes in life skills and parenting. In addition, prenatal classes, postpartum counseling, child safety classes and social-services resources are available.

“We serve the most vulnerable age group of pregnant girls in our community,” Garcia says. “Girls facing a crisis pregnancy often fall victim to abuse, drugs, malnutrition and homelessness. Someone aged 20 and over can usually fend for themselves. But these homeless teens have not only lost their support, but they have also lost hope. We want these young women to know that an unplanned pregnancy doesn’t have to mean her young life is over. We want her to know that she is valued and loved – that Jesus loves her and has a plan for her life, and that he offers her a hope and a future for her and her baby. At Angelcare we choose life for the baby and the mother.”

“To prepare them for a bright future, we help these young moms with their education, finding a job when feasible, coaching them on interview skills, and creating a resume,” Garcia continues. “Additionally, we will teach them life skills like banking and budgeting, cooking and cleaning, gardening, etcetera. Often some of these girls come from situations where they are without any role models. The simplest things we take for granted, such as how to make a bed, may need to be taught to them.”

Garcia shares that some of the girls don’t even have a bed. Angelcare was made aware of a young mother-to-be that was eight months pregnant and was sleeping on the floor. She was using buckets as a dresser. The organization was able to facilitate the delivery of a bed for the teen’s use.

“Sometimes, in our very own backyard we see the living conditions of a third-world country,” Garcia says. “We get calls from hospitals, the police, fire departments and schools. They inform us of girls that have no other support other than couch surfing, or living in a homeless shelter or even a car.”

Angelcare serves Johnson County and the surrounding areas. The only other home like theirs in central Indiana is the O’Connor House in Carmel.

“Right now our greatest need is monthly support,” Garcia says. “We exist through the donations of churches, businesses and Friends of Angelcare. Keeping our program going is the hard part. It costs $100 per day for each girl.”

Angelcare holds two fundraisers per year. A motorcycle rally held in honor of their founder, Rita’s Ride, has been held annually each fall since 2012. Throughout the years, the event, which includes lunch and giveaways, has acquired several community sponsors and in-kind donations from area businesses. A second event will be held in the spring, featuring a banquet as well as a live and silent auction. A tentative date has been set for April 18, 2024.

Friends of Angelcare is a huge support to the organization. Interested individuals can become a member of this group by going to the website and clicking on the “Donate” button. The option is given for various dollar amounts, and individuals can make a one-time gift or set up a recurring donation to be given in a timeline of their choice, such as weekly, monthly, biannually or yearly.

The organization’s presence on social media raises awareness that it exists and has services to offer to teens facing a crisis pregnancy. Posts on Facebook and Instagram offer inspirational quotes plus practical information. The official Angelcare website offers information about the organization and a list of services offered.

“Angelcare is the first line of defense in the battle of teen pregnancy,” Garcia says. “Our mission is to save two lives. Christ came to give us hope, life and a future. A young mother can do more than just choose life for her baby. She can choose life for herself as well. We want both to have more than just hope. We want them to have an abundant life and a bright future.”

For more information on services provided, volunteer opportunities, and to donate,

visit angelcareinc.org. Also visit them on Facebook and Instagram.

Angelcare’s mailing address is: P.O. Box 1454, Greenwood, Indiana 46142. They can be reached at 800-604-LIFE (5433), or at info@angelcareinc.org.

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