Welcome to Mchenry 1st Way

Pregnancy Support Services


In The News


In the NW Herald

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  • We are now Partners of the St. Paul Diaper Bank

    St. Paul's Diaper Bank
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    for more information


  • If you are in need of Transportation to our location, contact PACE 847-364-PACE

Do you need a speaker?

  • We have speakers who are available for high schools, churches and organizations in McHenry, IL county

What's New?



  • 35th Anniversary of 1st Way Open House for all supporters and past clients was held on December 6, 2013.   

  • Winner of the Handmade Queen-Size Quilt was drawn at the Open House, December 6, 2013.

  • Connie Freund will be stepping down as Director, come January, but will continue to participate in all areas of 1st Way’s mission.  Please come and celebrate with us the blessed opportunities we have had in serving over 10,000 girls and women these past 35 years and also to thank Connie for her many years of service.



Current and Future:

To Our Supporters:
  • Fundraisers being held at this time are Baby Bottle Boomerang in area churches

  • For further information contact:

Connie Freund, Director
1st Way Life Center
2020 W. Johnsburg Rd.
IL 60051
(815) 385-2999
Fax: (815) 385-0314


Our Mission ...

To provide loving assistance, emotional and financial support for women and girls who find themselves in a crisis

The  Essence of 1st Way is love ...

  • We believe that the most important commodity we have to offer pregnant women and girls is ourselves

  • We offer love and understanding to all who call upon us for help

  • We believe in the sanctity of life:

    • The life of the baby as well as the mother

  • We further believe that there is never a reason to offer destruction as an answer to an unplanned pregnancy

At 1st Way ...

  • We are a person-to-person organization based on the belief that no problem is so great that it warrants destruction of an innocent life

  • If you decide to keep your baby, we are prepared to offer you support in various ways including a baby layette containing many things a new baby needs such as:


We'll be your guide to ...

  • Free and confidential pregnancy testing

  • Information on pregnancy and fetal development

  • Ongoing counseling and emotional support for support for clients and their concerned family members and friends

  • Parenting classes

  • Shelter homes for expectant mothers

  • Referrals to resources and other agencies

  • Maternity and baby supplies

  • Adoption information

  • 24 hour hotline

  • Support, friendship and love as you go through an extremely emotional time in your life

Contact Phone ...

  • (815) 385-2999
  • (800) 848-LOVE (5683)

Donations ...