“I wondered why somebody didn’t do something. Then I realized that I am somebody,” is a saying that is decoupaged on a rock on my desk. Marion Stocker, the founder of the Society for the Preservation of Human Dignity (PHD) put this saying into action when she felt empathetic toward unmarried women who felt that abortion was their only option. In 1971 she started a hotline in her home. It was the first pregnancy help center in Illinois.
Today PHD provides counseling and support services to over 700 clients and their immediate families. Their counseling services include: pregnancy support, 0-3 parenting skills, crisis intervention, grief and loss of a child/pregnancy, pregnancy decision making, post adoption, post abortion and postpartum depression. They support their clients through services such as pregnancy planning, pregnancy testing, childbirth preparation, community linkage and referral, baby and maternity closet, mom and tot classes and educational opportunities through their library and classes.
PHD also has a prevention arm called, “Motivate.” It includes a program which focuses on healthy sexuality and relationships for adolescents and learning the power of abstinence, one program which teaches parents how to talk to their children about sex, another program for parents of toddlers and preschoolers and an anti-bullying character education program for grade school students.
Finally, PHD offers a Baby Closet which distributes baby food, clothing, formula, diapers, winter coats and layettes. Each layette provides a baby’s needs throughout their first 9 months of life. More than 80% of PHD’S clients are at or below the poverty level and receive items from the Baby Closet for free. But this could not be possible without donors. PHD is one example of an organization that would benefit from a baby shower. For more information about this organization please visit their website at www.sphd.org.