FALLBROOK – In 2023, at 1,040 client visits, Hope Clinic for Women (HCW) provided over 4,620 free services valued at more than $678,000. Women's services included pregnancy tests, maternity and infant resources, ultrasounds, abortion pill reversals, parenting classes, and mentoring.
In June 2023, HCW initiated new fatherhood programming for dads and dads-to-be that included weekly coaching visits and a monthly Guy's Night Out event where all coaches and dads met for pizza and wings, hosted special speakers, or held a corn hole tournament.
All client and patient services were at no cost to them. Staff and volunteers offered time and resources as they established long-term relationships with their clients and patients, most often engaging with them after their pregnancies, until their child turns 2. At that point, moms and dads could join HCW parenting and other support groups.
HCW especially enjoyed hosting group events for their clients and patients that prepared them for the birth of their first child, that celebrated the birth of that child, that offered postpartum and pregnancy loss support and that allowed their clients and patients to meet each other so they could share common experiences.
At Thanksgiving, HCW hosted a Momsgiving and at Christmas they hosted a Joy Shop where families could pick two toys for each child in their family for Christmas. HCW also partnered with a recovery center providing diapers and Christmas gifts for the children who were in the process of reuniting with their mothers. All of this was made possible by a very caring community.
A highlight of each month was when HCW partnered with WeLuvSanDiego who provided thousands of free diapers and other personal care products on the second Tuesday of each month in the parking lot of LifePointe Church at 221 N Pico Avenue in Fallbrook.
A service vital at HCW in 2023 was their referral services. They have a volunteer who weekly updates local services and seeks new ones that clients express need for. HCW referred their clients and patients to local agencies and organizations that could provide resources that they do not offer.
They did not want their moms and dads to fall through the cracks because they did not know where to go for services, especially in the first trimester when the need for support is the greatest and the risk for medical issues needing immediate attention is most important to detect and refer for care. HCW's First Three Initiative seeks to make first trimester services affordable (no cost), available (to be open as many hours as possible) and accessible (with the staffing needed to provide the services the clients need).
Hope's annual fund raising and friend raising events, the annual Baby Bottle Change for Life Campaign that kicks off in January and continues through the year, the Gala in March, Hope Walks in June and Hats in the Garden Tea and Auction in October along with committed donations from individuals, corporations and churches help fund day to day operations at Hope.
For more information about how to support HCW as a community member or how to train as a volunteer, those interested may attend a monthly Vision Tour at Hope Clinic for Women located at 125 E Hawthorne St. in Fallbrook on the last Monday of the month at 3 p.m. by calling to reserve a spot at 760-728-4105 ext. 10.
More information may be found at http://www.hopefallbrook.com.