The YWCA’s MotherLove is a comprehensive program for pregnant and parenting teens. The goals of the MotherLove Program are that pregnant and parenting teens stay in school, access higher education and vocational training, develop the skills and knowledge needed to become strong parents and delay another teen pregnancy.

MotherLove provides direct service and one-on-one case management to  30 pregnant and parenting teens, including academic goal setting, access to prenatal care and community services, financial management and parenting skills. MotherLove serves an additional 70 parenting teens with once-a-month 'Lunch Bunch' meetings at area schools.

Case management and one-on-one counseling. Each participant meets with a staff member for at least one hour each month for individual case management. 

Home Visits to help participants provide healthy, nurturing homes for their children.

Monthly Lunch Bunch meetings, held at 7 area high schools. Participants are provided with a healthy lunch and receive pregnancy prevention education, information and links to community services, and share stories or seek advice from each other in an atmosphere of inclusion and acceptance. Lunch Bunch is open to any pregnant or parenting teen regardless of enrollment in the MotherLove program.

Evening Group Meetings for enrolled participants provide additional opportunities to hear guest speakers from partnering agencies and to discuss relevant issues in a supportive, group setting.

Thanks to Our Funders
The MotherLove program is made possible with support from the City of Asheville, NC Dept Health and Human Services - Women's Health Branch - Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative, Landwirth Foundation, Preyer Family Foundation, YWCA donors, and the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County

For more information, contact Holly Gillespie, coordinator of MotherLove, by email at or by calling 828-254-7206 x 104.