BULAWAYO, Friday, August 12, 1966 — St Clare’s Home, refuge for unmarried mothers and place of safety for girls in need of care, tells its story of compassion, protection and guidance in an illustrated brochure which has been sent to all members of the medical profession, ministers of religion and women’s organisations.
It is well-timed because the home’s annual meeting will be held today. The superintendent, Miss AE Sams, will address the meeting. In her report, already circulated, she says there was a substantial increase in the number of residents — a total of 61 girls passed through St Clare’s last year, but 11 of these came in towards the end of 1964.
Nine girls were from outside Rhodesia and two were “care and protect”, cases. Three of the nine girls who elected to keep their babies had since married. Twins born in the home last year were now settled in their own family circle.
The girls were mainly all teenagers or in the early 20s. Miss Sams records that “our first wedding of the year was a very happy occasion”.
There were also birthday celebrations, a 21st birthday, beetle drives, and various outings where the girls’ privacy was assured. The girls were grateful for the security and privacy given by the home, says Miss Sams.
They found time to study the true purpose of their lives. Many had been trained for suitable employment in special classes at home. They had now settled down in their own homes and in jobs, and had found new friends.
The treasurer, Mr FL Wigley, says in his report that the increased number of girls in the home last year was evidence that St Clare’s had become more widely known. He did not believe it indicated that the number of unmarried mothers was increasing.