HISTORY OF WHITE ROSE WOMEN'S CENTERS

Our Vision in the words of Fr. Joseph Neilson, OCD

St. Joseph’s Helpers of Dallas, Texas Inc. dba White Rose Women’s Center was established in loving service to Our Lord Jesus Christ and Our Blessed Mother. We wish to see those dear two in every mother and child in need, and to befriend and help them as best we can, just as St. Joseph cared for Mary and her divine child.

We wish to rescue unborn children in danger of abortion by supporting their mothers in every way possible, so they will not take the false road offered by modern society, a path that leads to death, despair, and grave injury to the mother’s soul.

St. Joseph’s Helpers will always be a Catholic organization doing its work of charity within the bounds of Catholic moral principles. Its members will always reverence the legitimate authority of the Church. We recall the words of Our Lord that are encouraging and full of great responsibility for us: “And he that shall receive one such little child in my name, receiveth me” (Matthew 18:5) and “as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:40). This vision of faith is before us always as the driving and guiding force of our work.

Whether in our care for the mothers and children we meet, in our service of the poor at our door, in our love and loyalty towards the Church, or in our trust in divine providence to provide all we need, we joyfully take St. Joseph as our model and patron.

Our History

Fr. Joseph Neilson, OCD would quietly pray in front of abortion mills wherever he lived.  He had already founded St. Joseph’s Helpers of Oklahoma City and St. Joseph’s Helpers of Little Rock, when he was assigned to these cities, to provide help to the mothers and babies for whom he was praying.

After being assigned to Dallas, he would spend time praying outside of the Routh Street Women’s Clinic, and in early 1985 he noticed a vacant office space for rent in the same building. With the assistance of the pro-life community in Dallas, Fr. Neilson leased the space! St. Joseph’s Helpers of Dallas, Texas was formed.

Shortly thereafter, Fr. Neilson met Bob Pearson, a developer in Hawaii who had personally helped many women struggling with crisis pregnancies and had successfully helped start pregnancy resource centers in different states, including one in Fort Worth.  Pearson convinced Fr. Neilson that although the pro-life movement was extremely successful in reaching women who needed help to have their babies, no one was actively reaching out to those who wanted an abortion, and whose baby was truly at risk.  However, a woman seeking an abortion almost certainly would not approach an organization named St. Joseph’s Helpers, and to be more effective, a second name would be needed.

At that time Fr. Neilson was reading a book about an organization called the White Rose Society from the World World II era.  The organization was formed by a group of Christian medical students in Germany. They ran an underground movement to denounce the terrible atrocities being committed by the Nazi regime and to encourage non-violent resistance.  Seeing the similarities between this noble effort and the pro-life movement’s struggle to save innocent lives, Fr. Neilson incorporated these ideals into our own White Rose, which officially opened on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, on May 13, 1985.

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OUR MISSION IS TO SAVE LIVES!

St. Joseph’s Helpers is a Catholic lay apostolate and non-profit organization that is dedicated to saving lives.
We offer comprehensive care to women at three Dallas area White Rose Women’s Centers.

CENTRAL

CENTRAL

214.821.6292 Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 9am-4:30pm Saturday: 9am-1pm Material donations accepted at this location

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CENTRAL

214.821.6292
4313 N. Central Expressway Dallas, TX 75205
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 9am-4:30pm Saturday: 9am-1pm
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GREENVILLE

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GREENVILLE

214.221.7711
8499 Greenville Avenue Suite 201 Dallas, TX 75231
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 9am-4pm
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WALNUT HILL

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WALNUT HILL

469.232.9472
7430 Greenville Avenue Dallas, TX 75231
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 9:30-3:30pm
Material donations not accepted at this location