As an advocate for women’s rights and supporter of mothers and families in need, Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex and the Archewell team celebrated the women of Harvest Home by creating a pop up baby boutique, hosting lunch from a female owned restaurant, and making a donation to the organization.
Harvest Homes helps provide housing, mental well-being support, and classes to expectant mothers who have faced tremendous challenges including domestic violence, substance use and homelessness. Since being founded in 1985, Harvest Home has supported over 600 pregnant women and their children.
The LA County Health Department reports that each year 5,000 women are homeless at some point during their pregnancy. And, in the city of Los Angeles, there are currently less than 70 shelter beds available for women who are pregnant and in crisis. Of these, Harvest Home provides 28. This means that each year thousands of women lack housing and supportive programming during one of the most critical times in a mother and baby’s life.
Homeless pregnant women need more than just a bed and a warm meal. They need specialized interventions designed to increase mother and baby’s physical, emotional, and spiritual well being. Harvest Home’s programs were created with these unique needs in mind. #MeghanMarkle