Why do we support them?
The Sixth Commandment. Exodus 20:13, “You shall not murder”
Claris Health is a non-profit organization on the Westside of Los Angeles whose mission is to empower individuals to make informed pregnancy and sexual health choices. Originally it started in the early 1970s by a small group of women who were inspired to offer life-giving options and support to women and men in Los Angeles as a response to Roe v. Wade. It was only supposed to be a temporary service because the landmark legalization of abortion was expected to be overturned shortly. That has yet to happen. The need for their services has only increased over the years, eventually leading them to become an accredited medical center more capable of offering a range of holistic services.
Their mission is to empower individuals to make fully informed pregnancy and sexual health choices. How do they do this? By offering help at every stage:
Before pregnancy: Claris offers sexual health education, youth mentorship, health screenings, and STD/STI Testing and Treatment.
During Pregnancy: Claris offers pregnancy testing, options education, group prenatal care, case management, and community resources.
After Pregnancy: Claris offers pregnancy loss support for miscarriages and abortions, adoption support, professional therapy, and parenting education and resources.
Many free abortion clinics and pro-choice counseling centers in Los Angeles exist, but Claris Health stands in opposition as a light for the gospel, addressing people's needs in a holistic ministry, and they do it for free.
To learn more about Claris Health, visit them at www.clarishealth.org
For Claris Health, success is measured in many ways, but chief among them is determining how many women in Los Angeles who are facing unintended pregnancies does Claris equip to make fully informed decisions. 2018 was a record-breaking year for them, with an almost 25% increase in patients served!
To see this growth continue, in September 2018, they launched a group-centered prenatal program at their Inglewood location to help serve women at great risk for infant mortality and other adverse health outcomes. They expect this initiative to transform the pregnancy experience of more than 100 mothers annually, while also positioning Claris as a go-to recommendation for newly-pregnant women. In addition, Claris added new satellite locations (in other states) for Reality Check (a youth mentoring program) and expanded into new churches and schools in Los Angeles County. Their community partner list grew to over 160 partners, which is giving them more access and a voice in the community.
Heading into 2019, Claris plans to launch a mobile medical unit as a satellite Claris facility. This custom vehicle will visit locations in LA that are known for having poor access to medical care and a high mistrust of the medical community. For far less than the ongoing costs of a brick-and-mortar facility, and with considerably more operational flexibility, this unit will allow them to provide targeted health screenings and medical care. It will also serve as a funnel for patients seeking ongoing care to transition from outlying communities into their permanent locations in Inglewood and West Los Angeles. As well they are working to build a YouTube channel to reach young people around the world and build stronger partnerships with the local church, specifically to provide services to those in the congregation that may need help or healing.
- Pray for wisdom and favor for the mobile expansion project.
- Pray for unity among the staff team, strength during challenging seasons, and provision for each family represented.
- Pray for protection, specifically as our presence increases in the community and attacks rise from abortion advocate groups.