By: Vilmaris DeHoyos
When working with the WIC program (Women Infants and Children), I have come to realize how many women of all ages and life situations feel trapped and helpless due to an unsupported pregnancy. The lack of familial support and limited number of established marriages translates to one of the most beautiful experiences God created becoming a time of stress and anxiety. While it is true that the government provides financial aid, food and public housing assistance to those in this situation, I have witnessed first-hand the shortfalls to this type of aide. Working with WIC limits my serving capabilities which is why I feel the need to stress the importance of Expect Hope’s mission and it’s a vitality in the Morris Heights section of the Bronx. A residential program like this will be able to meet the social, emotional and spiritual needs of the women in addition to their daily physical needs. More than anything I want to address the importance of the opportunity to encourage these women to choose life, not just in making the initial decision, but instructing and enabling them to effectively parent their treasured child.
As I look around, listen, and observe, I hear women speak about how pregnancy is an inconvenience, a tragedy, a burden or something that has marked them with shame. On the contrary I’m reminded of the scriptures from Psalm 139:13-16. “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” What better way for the body of Christ to respond than to be able to hold out this Hope to women in need and point them to the creator and sustainer of life.
As a supporting member of Expect Hope, I look forward to witnessing the transformation in each individual and their journey to being able to “anticipate a future that is different than their past.”