About Us

Our mission: to reduce the number of abortions in Delaware by half.

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Image from the Jordan Collection on Flickr

Our mission is simple: to reduce the number of abortions in Delaware by half.

A Rose and a Prayer is committed to developing a deeper respect for the sanctity of human life. We believe that through prayer, communication, and compassion, we can support pregnant women in crisis to make positive decisions for their futures and for their children.

We also know that grassroots and public awareness campaigns affect our culture every day by shaping our attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. Thus, A Rose and a Prayer employs communications strategies that can have a long-term, positive impact on the value Americans place on human life.

A Rose and a Prayer, Inc. has been formed for educational, charitable, and religious purposes under IRS Section 501(c)(3). Contributions are tax deductible.

Core Strategies

A Rose and a Prayer focuses on four core strategies in executing our mission:

  • The first strategy is to focus advertising and marketing resources on reaching women who are in crisis pregnancies. Our goal is to connect these women with crisis pregnancy centers that will help them make positive, life-affirming decisions for themselves and their families. We do this through a program called RoseLink.
  • The second strategy is to build consensus—and connections of trust—among community leaders. We conduct conferences and other programs for key political, religious, and cultural opinion-shapers and gatekeepers, as well as the public at large. We educate our audiences about the facts concerning abortion and other life-related issues. We arm them with persuasive arguments and techniques for building consensus in their own social groups. And we build sturdy interfaith, interracial networks for undertaking effective grassroots pro-life action.
  • The third strategy is to reach teenage students with pro-life messaging—especially teenage girls. We do this through our new Peer Evangelization Program, a proprietary, pro-life educational curriculum that we have developed specifically for use with high school students. This curriculum is near completion. Soon, it will be offered free of charge to interested teachers and administrators across the nation.
  • Finally, our fourth strategy is to empower the African-American community to address the tragedy of abortion. African Americans are disproportionately victimized by abortion, and in partnership with local African-American leaders we help to communicate, educate, and heal. We work directly with pastors of African American churches to raise awareness of the impact of abortion in their communities, to help women experiencing crisis pregnancies, to support new mothers, and to help those in need of post-abortive counseling. Our African American Advisory Board has been creative and steadfast in addressing this issue in a positive, life-affirming way.

Who We Are

A Rose and a Prayer Education Group is based in Wilmington, Delaware, and focuses on serving the state of Delaware and surrounding regions. A Rose and a Prayer was founded in 2005 by Delaware businesswoman Ellen Barrosse. Since 2005, A Rose and a Prayer has led several historic efforts that defeated Delaware bills that would have legalized embryonic stem-cell research and human cloning, rallying thousands of citizens to the cause. For her work, Ellen received the Benemerenti medal from His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in 2006. She is a member of the Cathedral of St. Peter Catholic in Wilmington, Delaware.

Ellen is a former president of the Perinatal Association of Delaware, a founding member of the Corporate Leadership Council of Catholic Relief Services, and a former chair of the Red Cross’ Clara Barton Society. She also chaired the communications committee for a diocesan capital campaign to raise $6 million to provide needy Catholic families with scholarships for their children to attend Catholic schools.

In 2006, Ellen founded the Delaware chapter of Legatus, an international organization of business leaders who strive to promote and practice the Catholic faith in their business, professional, and personal lives. Ellen continues to serve as the program chair of that organization.

In 2010, Ellen received the Msgr. Thomas J. Reese Award from Catholic Charities for her efforts to promote and restore the well-being of people.