Patrick and Mary Dirk, and their daughter, Lorrie Dirk Brown, are long-time supporters of Mary’s Path. Lorrie also serves on our Board of Directors. They have agreed to speak with us for our inaugural feature introducing supporters of Mary’s Path. Thank you for your support of Mary’s Path these years,
Who Are Our Residents?
The majority of the teen mothers we serve are currently in the foster care system.
Most of our clients have experienced some kind of trauma – homelessness, neglect, abuse – and come to Mary’s Path as a safe haven.
Are between 12 to 21 years old and represent the spectrum of those in the foster care system both long term (life-span) or recently entered.
Why is Mary’s Path Important?
We are 1 of only 4 residences in all of California that serve this vulnerable population.
Residents of Mary’s Path are learning to be mothers, in addition to learning to be adults.
The overarching focus of our residents remains consistent – Family. All want or need a family or are suffering severe trauma from loss or lack of family.
For pregnant and parenting teens Mary’s Path provides a safe harbor to heal, become a nurturing parent, and discover academic and workplace potential.
More than 1,100 teen moms and 700 babies have resided at Mary’s Path over the course of our 27-year history.
It Does Take A Village
Mary’s Path receives support from government agencies, foundations, associations and houses of worship, and caring individuals with gifts large and small. We could not provide a nurturing home for the teen moms and babies entrusted to us without this help.
2020 was a challenging year for us, as for many nonprofits. Costs to serve our teen mothers and their babies have increased by 30% in this pandemic and we urgently need to raise funds to close the gap. Will you support us with a donation today?