Pregnant on the Streets
Largely unseen, even invisible, pregnant women are part of the homeless population in the San Francisco Bay Area. Before COVID even hit, the problem was already escalating. According to the California Department of Public Health: "The number of homeless women giving birth in San Francisco spiked 74 percent from 2010 to 2015”. These women are living in cars, RVs, hotels, and homeless camp sites. I know because my wife Shawn was one of those women.
14 years ago, Shawn was homeless and pregnant. She lived in an RV and moved from motel to motel. As she describes it: "I felt desperate and very vulnerable. I was shocked to see the lack of resources for myself and for the baby I was going to have. But I kept calling and calling every day and finally something did open up at a hospital, where I could get in to actually get treatment. They allowed me to stay until the baby was born… it was very scary."
Not everyone is as lucky as Shawn though, and it’s sad, so we want to do something about it.
And we found something!
A film producer named Laura Ferro has been creating a documentary that chronicles the individual battles and personal victories of homeless pregnant women in the San Francisco Bay Area. And she has been working on this for three years. Shawn is also involved in this project, with her experience and personal story, she has been able to provide guidance to the documentary.
But production has froze because of money, if they can raise a few more thousand dollars, they will be able to finish and publish this documentary in 2021. We fully support this project.
If the issue touches you and you would like to do something to help, I highly recommend you checkout their go-fund me page (you can watch the trailer and see more details there).
God bless you and we love you,
David J Shearin
Pastor/Executive Director at Street Life Ministries