Reina’s Story

The following story comes from Several Sources Shelter in Englewood, NJ.

My husband and I found out we were pregnant in December of 2013. At the time, I wasn’t authorized to work in the United States and my husband’s job barely provided for the two of us. We sought out help, but had no community to support us or the baby. We wanted to be parents, but knew it would be better to wait until we were financially stable.

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We felt like we had no option but to scheduled an abortion for the following week.

When we walked toward the clinic, my husband pointed out a blue bus that said it could give us “hope” and supplies for our baby. A woman then approached me and asked if I wanted a free ultrasound and help with my pregnancy.

At first, I didn’t believe that the woman was going to give me these things without asking for anything in return. She smiled and assured me that she simply wanted to help me and my baby. My husband suggested that we see what they could do for us, so we walked across the street toward the blue bus.

With each step, my attitude towards my pregnancy and my baby began to change. I became overwhelmed with excitement thinking about seeing my baby for the first time.


I sat down on the exam bed and my husband sat right next to me, holding my hand the entire time. The nurse began the ultrasound and our little baby popped up on the screen. We couldn’t take our eyes off of it!

Seeing our baby on the screen did give us hope and we are so thankful for the support and love we received on the bus.

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