Target: Martha Ryan, Founder of the Homeless Prenatal Program
Goal: Applaud Martha Ryan for reaching out to pregnant homeless women
Homelessness in the United States has been an issue for some time, with the homeless population rising and falling every single year. No city is more notorious for its homeless population than San Francisco. Despite the programs and money being spent to lighten the population, it only gets worse. While many different people are seen on the streets, homeless pregnant women are the most vulnerable. With few options for health and child care, many give birth to unhealthy babies, which becomes even more of a burden.
Recently, Martha Ryan established the Homeless Prenatal Program, which offers services to pregnant, single and impoverished women. The program provides housing to low-income and homeless families, prenatal care, health care for mothers and children, and classes that help deal with the stress of having a child while building a community. Other services include mental health care, substance abuse rehab and escaping domestic violence.
Since the program’s creation in 1989, it has grown to offer newer programs and help the growing rate of homeless families in San Francisco. Ryan also hopes to stop the vicious cycle of poverty that repeats from generation to generation, and help families to help themselves rather than always depending welfare. Ryan is also helping out taxpayers by helping these families. The cost for an average family in the program costs less than $5000, whereas San Francisco spends more than $7000 alone for every homeless individual.
Ryan’s program is not the only one to help pregnant and single mothers, but it is sadly one of the few. Other cities and states tend to have underfunded, or sometimes nonexistent programs for homeless or impoverished families. With more press covering Ryan’s program, one can only hope that this will spread across the country, and provide prenatal care to the homeless pregnant mothers as well as services to lift families out of the dark hole of poverty.
Dear Ms. Martha Ryan,
San Francisco is rather notorious for having a high homeless rate, despite having certain programs to help those out of poverty, women and children still suffer the most. You are certainly one of the few to reach out to the most vulnerable homeless, pregnant women.
With the efforts of the Homeless Prenatal Program, the future for these families looks brighter. There are so many more single and pregnant mothers on the streets, and it is unfortunate that there are very few choices for them. This program now needs to be national, not only helping those in San Francisco, but all over the country.
[Your Name Here]
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