January 1, 2016, Central, VA: The Paul Stefan Foundation (www.paulstefanhome.org), which operates 2 maternity homes in Orange, VA and a Regional Maternity Housing and Educational Center for the State of Virginia, in Central Virginia, announced today that the organization has now cared for, loved and assisted almost 180 women and newborn babies as PSF celebrates its tenth year anniversary this Easter season. The Paul Stefan Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving and caring for needy, homeless and abandoned pregnant women before, during and after the birth of their children.
"We are so blessed to provide pregnant women in need of a place where they can focus on the birth of their babies and not have to worry where they will stay, where they will get their next meal, or whether they have support all throughout their pregnancy and after the birth of their baby," said PSF CEO Randy James. "Many of the women we assist come to us desperately in need. Some have been abandoned; some just need a place to stay: one young woman was pregnant and living out of her car. There is a real need for maternity homes nationwide," James continued.
The Paul Stefan Foundation (www.paulstefanhome.org) was founded in 2006. It was inspired by the tragic death of Paul Stefan James, the newborn baby of Randy and Evelyn James who died less than an hour after birth. With the help of their Parish Priest, Father Stefan Starzynski, a founder of the PSF and currently the organization's Spiritual Advisor, the James' set out to turn their grieving into something serving the common good.
"The Lord closes one door and opens another," says Evelyn James, The PSF's Director of Homes. "We still grieve and mourn Paul's loss every day. But we believe that while God called Baby Paul home, he was also inspiring us to establish homes for pregnant women in need and care for them and their newborn babies," James said.
The Paul Stefan Foundation maternity homes work closely with state and local social service agencies and Catholic Charities and Crisis Pregnancy Centers, combining a powerful and comprehensive unit that helps pregnant women who are often scared and need help. The PSF also helps these women find jobs, build their careers or finish their education.
"There is Room at the Inn," says Father Starzynski. "What we find is many of the women just need a loving, caring place to stay. A place where they know they can rest comfortably, have their babies and get themselves back on their feet again when they are ready. It is remarkable how time flies and we are very blessed to have had the opportunity to help over 180 women and babies," added Father Starzynski.
CEO Randy James says the organization's goal is to open at least one Regional Center per year in neighboring states over the next five years. "The biggest challenge we face is not caring for the women and their babies, it is finding affordable locations acceptable to Regional Maternity Center needs such as access to hospitals and public transportation. But where this is a will there is a way and we intend to double in size over the next few years, God willing," James said.
To arrange an interview with Randy, Evelyn or Father Starzynski, please call 540-854-2300.
To donate and help these women and babies please send your tax-deductible gift to:
P O Box 754, Locust Grove, VA 22508 or go to donation page