In major cities throughout the United States, it could sometimes seem as if the pro-life movement has been vanquished among the new-age thoughts and ideals that often percolate throughout the city. However, the pro-life movement is indeed present throughout the US, and is taking charge of creating a new pro-life population.
The Zoe House was established in 1998 by a group of Orthodox women living in the Cleveland area. Originally, the group was started out of a desire to show the pro-life community that the Orthodox Church in the US fully advocated and supported life. Zoe for Life earned its name from the Greek word ZOI, which directly translates into ‘life’. At, first the group operated out of members’ homes, offering supplies and support to women in need. Now, the group works to serve pregnant women in crisis by offering them counseling, materials, and the loving support they need to continue on with their pregnancies. Additionally, volunteers at the Zoe House are willing to help expectant mothers contact families that are looking to adopt.
The Zoe House recently took the initiative to invest in a new space near their former facility. The new facility is conveniently located, spacious, and easily accessible. This facility will allow for more material storage and will enable volunteers to more easily work on a one-story level. The organization also hopes to utilize this space to introduce medical help to their services. They plan to soon offer free ultrasounds to expectant mothers who might otherwise not receive one. Iryna Mahlay, a national board member with Zoe for Life, explains that offering ultrasounds at the Zoe House could ‘make or break’ a woman’s choice on whether to go on with a pregnancy. Iryna has been volunteering with the Zoe House since 1999, and has grown close to the organization through her strong pro-life beliefs.
In addition to its expansion in Cleveland, branches of Zoe for Life have been thriving throughout the country. In Detroit, Zoe feeds families in need and operates a ‘community closet’, a shared space in which women or men in need could borrow or keep materials. In Pittsburgh, parishes have begun outreach programs similar to Detroit’s community closet. Throughout the country, volunteers work with cases received through a national help line. The organization if growing nationally, and continues to touch many families in need.
The expansion of the Zoe House is one that will undoubtedly continue to strengthen the impact of the pro-life movement in Cleveland and throughout Northeast Ohio. Through organizations such as Zoe for Life, the pro-life movement will hopefully achieve its goal of ending abortion, euthanasia, and other cultures of death, and ultimately show the world the importance of the sanctity of life.