303 S. Sixth St.
Richmond, Indiana 47374
At Birthright, we understand the challenges related to unplanned pregnancies. We know that it can be an overwhelming and often scary situation. However, we also know that there is hope for the mother and her child. Birthright believes that “It is the right of every pregnant woman to give birth, and the right of every child to be born.” Birthright is here to be the friend that a pregnant woman needs as she navigates an unplanned pregnancy.Birthright is available to women for as long as they need us. We offer love, friendship, and support to women who are pregnant or think they may be pregnant. Birthright services are always free, non-judgmental and confidential. We can also provide information, referrals, and resources to help the woman help herself. Birthright is unique, and available 24/7 through our toll-free helpline. Birthright is not involved in any religious movements, political activities, or lobbying. Birthright’s focus is on loving the mother, reminding her that there is hope and ensuring she is not alone.
Thanks to all who walked with us to celebrate the gift of life!
Our deepest gratitutde for the many generous donations of time, talent & treasure!
You are a blessing to Birthright and all who walk through our doors!!!
Journey of the Heart Walk*
(article by Millicent Martin Emery @ the Pal-Item, a Gannet Company)
When pregnant women and moms of young children are in need, they turn to Birthright.
The all-volunteer organization offers women a variety of services at no charge, such as a pregnancy test, emotional support, a medical visit as well as maternity and baby clothes. Emergency supplies of baby food and formula, diapers and wipes also are provided.
Diane Angilella, director of the Richmond Birthright office at 303 S. Sixth St., says they have at least 2,500 office visits a year from local women.
Birthright is open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, but volunteers also are available by appointment at night or on weekends as needed.
“Anytime they want us, we’ll try to accommodate them,” Angilella said.
For those needing urgent help, a 24-hour Birthright hotline is offered at (800) 550-4900.
Birthright also provides local referrals for low-cost housing, social services, education, legal help or adoption when requested.
To raise money for all of that help, Birthright organizes one fundraiser each year, which is called the Journey of the Heart Walk. It takes place Saturday.
Registration is from 8 to 10 a.m. at Community Christian School, 500 Elks Road, and participants may make the walk through Glen Miller Park at their convenience. It’s offered rain or shine.
The objective of the annual event is to foster greater awareness of life issues and support local efforts to provide alternatives to abortion. It is a kickoff to October as Respect Life Month.
There is a special prize for youth group participation. The group with the largest percentage taking part — based on involvement, not the size of the group — will win a prize. Youth group members may walk; work by helping with set-up, registration or checkpoints; or bake cookies for the event.
Sponsor sheets for walkers to use in collecting sponsors and donations are available at Birthright or area churches. There is no “per-mile” pledging.
Volunteers are sought for Saturday’s walk and for the agency throughout the year. Donations of baby items also are needed.
Some in-demand items include preemie to size 3 diapers, wipes, onesies of any size, sleepers, receiving blankets, love blankets and quilts, and baby clothes and socks for boys and girls up to size 24 months. Other needed items include formula (both milk- and soy-based) and maternity clothes. Gently used, clean clothing is welcomed.
Angilella said some loyal ladies knit or crochet booties and blankets for babies.
“We have such a supportive group in the community,” she said.
*See photos of our "Journey of the Heart Birthright Walk" included in our Photo Gallery compliments of the Pal-Item.