Newark maternity home aims to give new moms safe home, life skills


As she was earning her degree in social work, Mary Dow saw a need for safe housing in Licking County for single, pregnant women. 

Two years after completing her degree, Esther’s Place of Grace opened in Newark with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday.

“It was my burden for women who have unexpected pregnancies and are single and unsupported by whoever — family, friends,” Dow said in a recent interview with The Advocate. “Just to have that safe home environment. A lot of women come out of abusive homes, relationships, couch surfing, homelessness. It (the home) should provide that in this area and give them a chance to parent and be safe and learn some parenting skills, learn some life skills, get their education a little bit further, and get a good job.”

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