Sanctuaries for Life
Sanctuaries for Life (SFL) program works to build a network of medical, tangible, emotional and spiritual assistance to women that make a life-affirming decision after facing an unintended pregnancy. This is accomplished through coordinating affordable prenatal/ labor delivery care, and linking to other support services such as food, rental/utility assistance, housing, mentoring, etc. Formerly the Birthing and Care program operated by the Archdiocese of Washington, Sanctuaries for Life now provides clients with greater access to the many programs and social services of Catholic Charities.
More resources are available on the Archdiocese of Washington's Sanctity of Life website.
Intake: Calls and walk-ins welcome Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Assessments will be made at that time to determine who qualifies for services.
For women who are pregnant: We offer qualifying pregnant women affordable prenatal care as well as labor and delivery services through three area Catholic hospitals: Providence, Holy Cross and Georgetown. Referrals are made to other prenatal programs for those who do not qualify. If needed, we also connect women who are pregnant to additional services, including housing, food, maternity and infant clothing, spiritual support and guidance, educational programs and rental and utility assistance.
For life affirming agencies: We offer life affirming agencies in the DC/Maryland area a network of additional resources that support a pregnant woman's decision to carry to term, including emergency food, rental assistance, housing programs, and immigration legal assistance.
Get Involved In Our Work
Volunteer: We welcome volunteers who share our pro-life philosophy to assist staff with clerical work.
Donate: Your generosity will help us continue providing life affirming and life supporting services to women and infants in our community. Please donate directly to our work.