Project Hope

Project Hope

For Pregnant and Parenting Girls and Young Women

Project Hope is a comprehensive program for pregnant and parenting girls and young women ages 12-25 that addresses the many needs of mothers in Chicago.

We empower girls and young women to work towards self-sufficiency, care for their child, and build a positive future for their family.

Our Services at a Glance:

  • Prenatal and parenting groups that focus on the relationship between mother and baby.
  • Regular home visits before and after the birth of the child.
  • Doula birthing services that support young mothers during labor and delivery.
  • Referrals to schools, housing, health agencies, job training and recreational activities.
  • Developmental assessments and infant mental health services for newborns.

Program Highlights:

  • 100% of Doula birthing assistance participants had a birth plan prepared prior to giving birth
  • 90% of expecting mothers had Doula-attended births

Who is Eligible?

Participants must be residents of Chicago’s West Side, age 12-25 at intake, with priority given to first-time pregnancies.

Meeting Times

  • Prenatal group every Tuesday, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Parenting group every Wednesday, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Support Our Mothers

If you would like to make an in-kind donation to Project Hope, common necessities include:

  • Diapers
  • New or gently used clothing for babies
  • Strollers
  • Educational toys
  • Formula
  • Car seats
  • Books
  • Breast pumps

“Project Hope has been a Godsend for me. I felt so alone when I found out I was pregnant but this program gave me the strength and confidence I needed and showed me that I could get through this and be the best mom possible for my daughters .” – Shakira Crafton

Project Hope by the numbers


maternal survival rate


average home visits each year


participants obtained a medical provider