Our History and Mission 

Mission Statement

Embrace the sanctity and dignity of life by nurturing pregnant and parenting women. EAS partners with multifaith congregations and community organizations to provide mentoring support, education and practical assistance to women and their children.

EAS is a multi-faith based local non-profit organization whose mission is to embrace the sanctity and dignity of life by nurturing pregnant and parenting women.  EAS provides a wide range of support and practical assistance to low-income women, including mentoring, domestic violence, employment counseling, tutoring, computer training, and monthly educational meetings. EAS was founded in Springfield, Illinois in 1996. The EAS Central Office is housed on the St. John’s Hospital Campus. Mentoring and educational programs serve women and children in the Springfield and Litchfield communities. 

Our program starts with Elizabeth Seton herself, who was a pioneer in Catholic education and charity. The EAS Program is named for Elizabeth Ann Seton, a woman who moved from great wealth to extreme poverty, marriage to a prominent shipping merchant to the isolation of a single mother. Throughout her life, she witnessed to the ideal that women deserve a good education and chance for a fulfilled life. She used her personal resources to establish several schools, orphanages, and hospitals. Her entire life was devoted to serving women and children.  Her work and inspiration have driven our mission and goals, but we could not be where we are today without the help of our dedicated staff and our board members.

Building Stronger Communities,

One Mom at a Time