About Us

PREPARES is a statewide initiative of the Catholic Bishops of Washington State. We provide pregnancy and parenting support and activities, serving all families from pregnancy to their child's fifth birthday. All are welcome to participate in the free support that PREPARES provides.

PREPARES supports the commitment to the sanctity of human life, especially in its most vulnerable early stages. It seeks not only to assure healthy births and avoid the tragedy of abortion, but also to provide emotional support to nurture healthy and flourishing relationships that uphold the vision of the family as the essential unit of society.

History

The Catholic bishops of Washington State enthusiastically created and launched the PREPARES initiative at the Cornerstone Conference in 2014.

The first of its kind in the United states, PREPARES creates the capacity within every Catholic parish, other faith communities, and collaborating agencies across Washington State to assist pregnant mothers, fathers, and their families by walking with them on the journey from pregnancy to their child’s fifth birthday.

With the PREPARES Initiative, the Church is able to provide a highly visible, concrete and integrated demonstration of its commitment to uphold the sanctity of human life in its most vulnerable early stages. It seeks not only to ensure healthy births and avoid the tragedy of abortion, but also to provide tangible material, psychosocial and emotional support to nurture healthy and flourishing parent-child relationships that uphold a Catholic vision of the family as the essential unit of society.

Mission Statement

PREPARES, sponsored by the Catholic Bishops of Washington State and open to all people, provides services to pregnant mothers, fathers, and their families by walking the journey from pregnancy to the child's fifth birthday.


PREPARES Orientation

PREPARES is now able to provide our PREPARES Orientation online! Our orientation is a three part introduction to PREPARES and will offer you an in depth overview of PREPARES, ways to volunteer, and how to get PREPARES started in your community. If you find yourself interested in volunteering with PREPARES please check below and contact your nearest PREPARES Area Coordinator.

PREPARES Orientation - Part 1 of 3 - Introduction to PREPARES History and Mission
PREPARES Orientation - Part 2 of 3 - Examples of PREPARES Ministries
PREPARES Orientation - Part 3 of 3 - Getting PREPARES Started in Your Community