"Today I am still healing, I still cry, but I can honestly say I love life ... Abortion not only took my baby's life, but it almost took mine. I am thankful for the Church and Her ministry, for teaching me to love myself, and to live for God." ~ Molly

Project Rachel Post-Abortion Healing Ministry

Project Rachel is a healing ministry to help women and men struggling with feelings of sorrow, regret, grief, isolation or confusion after an abortion – whether the abortion was recent or many years ago.

Local confidential help is available to anyone and trained volunteers are ready to help you find peace and healing.  Options include individual guidance, retreats, a monthly support group, and referrals to clergy and licensed counselors.  If you feel ready to talk with someone, we invite you to call the confidential help line.

For local confidential help, please call the Project Rachel Helpline at 1-888-456-HOPE or email projectrachel@toledodiocese.org.  To learn more about Project Rachel, please visit www.HopeAfterAbortion.org.

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"Twenty-two years ago, at the age of 16, I had an abortion.  For many years following my abortion I suffered greatly.  I struggled with drug and alcohol abuse, troubled relationships, among many other things.  The greatest struggle was being able to accept God’s forgiveness and forgiving... Read more


At 22-years-old, I was pressured into having an abortion. I was a strong, good, Catholic young woman. I was not the kind of girl that found herself in this sort of situation. I lost hope, and I lost faith. I felt alone in the world. After months of struggling with the heartbreak of my... Read more


“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27 “My husband was on and off from his job. I was at home with my youngest son when he came home and wanted out of our... Read more

Upcoming Events:

Entering Caanan Retreat

The retreat is offered to help women who experience grief, anxiety, depression or guilt after an abortion to find healing and peace.  The event is open to women who have had an abortion recently or in the past.  The retreat will include Scripture reflection, prayer and an opportunity to connect with a support system.  The cost is $20 and includes lunch.  Scholarships are available, and pre-registration is required.

To register for the retreat or for more information about Project Rachel, please call 1-888-456-HOPE or email projectrachel@toledodiocese.org.

For upcoming dates and times, please go to catholiccharitiesnwo.org/event-calendar.

Additional resources:

“I would now like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion. The church is aware of the many factors which may have influenced your decision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was a painful and even shattering decision. The wound in your heart may not have yet healed. Certainly what happened was and remains terribly wrong. But do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope. Try rather to understand what happened and face it honestly. If you have not already done so, give yourselves over with humility and trust to repentance. The Father of mercies is ready to give you his forgiveness and his peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

To the same Father and to his mercy you can with sure hope entrust your child. With the friendly and expert help and advice of other people, and as a result of your own painful experience, you can be among the most eloquent defenders of everyone’s right to life.”

Pope John Paul II, Gospel of Life, 99


Our Mission

Catholic Charities makes real the love that God has for each individual person regardless of their faith or background by serving the poor, speaking for and assisting the neglected and forgotten, respecting and promoting life from beginning to end and nurturing and supporting individuals and families.

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