PHD is a non-profit organization
dedicated to providing professional
counseling, education, and support
services to anyone facing
issues relating to pregnancy
and its continuing challenges.
The foundation of PHD is the common belief that every human life is sacred. We are a unique organization comprised of donors, staff and volunteers who treat clients with respect in a non-judgmental, confidential, caring manner.
We minister to our clients, affirming and nurturing their wholeness of life by recognizing their physical, emotional and spiritual needs through professional counseling, education, and other support services.
We provide accurate information to our clients so they can make an informed decision based on fact. We do not refer for abortion, but are sensitive to the circumstances that would lead an individual to make this decision. We offer post abortion counseling to begin the process of healing.
We serve women and their families through the stages of pregnancy and the first three years of a child’s life, regardless of race, age, creed, economic or marital status.
As we journey with our clients we strive to preserve their dignity as individuals, give them opportunities for growth, and renew hope for the future.
1927 - 1983
PHD Founder - Marrion
PHD began in 1968 as a one woman operation in Mrs.
Stocker's home in Rolling Meadows. Marion Stocker launched PHD in response
to a tragedy that touched her deeply.
Her son's college roommate had fathered a child, and he
was willing to accept parental responsibility. Arrangements had been made
for the couple to marry with financial assistance from the young man's
Without his knowledge, the girl had an abortion and the
young man was distraught. "There must be a better way to help young women
in crisis," Mrs. Stocker thought and PHD was the answer. Marion felt if
this young woman had been given the opportunity to talk about her fears
and be treated with love and understanding that possibly there would have
been a different outcome for this young woman and her son's friend.
So Marion took out an ad in the classified section of the
Chicago Tribune that read, "Thinking of abortion? Let's talk
about alternatives." Her phone began to ring off the hook. Marion enlisted
the help of a group of women, concerned about the value of human life and
they banded together to offer substitutes for abortion.
In 1971 The Society for the Preservation of Human Dignity
was incorporated in the state of Illinois, making PHD the oldest crisis
pregnancy center in the state. Marion believed that a young woman with an
unplanned pregnancy was stripped of her human dignity when she was rushed
off to an abortion clinic without first being made fully aware of all her
own resources and the many community agencies which are available to help
her. Marion was determined to do what she could to preserve human dignity.
From this group of dedicated women, PHD has grown to be
what it is today. In the midst of beginning this ministry, Marion suffered
a great deal. She had several strokes, a bout with cancer and several
heart attacks. She went home to the Lord in 1983. Like her model, Mother
Teresa of Calcutta, Marion Stocker truly loved- as a special individual -
each person she came in contact with. Her philosophy, she said, is
reflected in a quote from A Gift of God, Mother Teresa's book of prayers
Every individual is special and important because each
individual represents Christ. There is always the danger that we may
just do the work for the sake of work. This is where the respect and
love and devotion come in - that we do it for God, for Christ, and
that's why we try to do it as beautifully as
Marion left us all with a great legacy. Not only was this
woman a visionary in her time, but a woman filled with faith and deep love
of God. She would joke with those that knew her best and say, "If you
think I have done a lot for PHD here on earth, just wait until I get into
Today, we follow this same philosophy Marion left to us.
We serve unconditionally and non-judgmentally, to share our gifts so that
those we serve can begin to realize theirs. The relationship that develops
becomes the foundation for nurturing the client to wholeness and new life.
Thank you, Marion, for being the person that you
are. We are all very grateful.