Bucharest, August 14, 2020
In just two months, the campaign to fund a new support center in Bucharest for women in crisis pregnancies managed to raise more than 90% of its goal to set up and operate the center, as OrthoChristian previously reported. Now the new St. Helen Center is ready to open and operate.
cThe opening and blessing will thus take place on the feast of St. Constantine Brâncoveanu, his sons Constantine, Stephan, Radu, and Matthew, and his counselor Ianache, who were all martyred by Turks in 1714 for refusing to convert to Islam. They are the patron saints of the pro-life cause in Romania.
Alexandra Nadane, the Executive Director of the Association for the Support of Pregnant Women and the Family, launched the fundraising campaign for the new center after learning that the Association’s St. Alexandra Center for pregnant women and the family was receiving so many requests that it had exceeded its working capacity by 43%.
Hundreds of Romanians responded to the campaign, and the $24,380 needed to open the center and operate it through October 31, 2020 was raised.
“People’s love for pregnant women and their children excites, encourages, and obliges us to move ahead,” Nadane said.
The center, which aims to help about 1,500 women every year, is named in honor of St. Helen, “who gave birth to and raised a man who changed the face of the world, the holy Emperor Constantine.”
The Center is holding an open house from August 17 to September 17, allowing the donors and all those interested in its work to visit.