Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Baby Steps

In a few weeks, I'm participating in the "Baby Steps" Walk for Life as a fundraiser for the Crisis Pregnancy Center and Hannah House Maternity Home in Bloomington. Before you click past this as "just another fundraiser letter," let me say that this is the most incredible non-profit I have ever had the honor of being a part of. I've volunteer for 4 1/2 years and have been on the board for going on three. I treasure the times I get to go and serve women and families, and I actually look forward to board meetings because the members are so dedicated to honoring to God.

If you already know about this ministry and just wanna go ahead and pledge for my 2-mile walk, just skip to the bottom after the stars. If you want/need to learn more about the ministry, please read this...

True to the name. this ministry serves women in CRISIS pregnancies: unsafe home lives, financial duress, emotional instability, or simply friendlessness. I have seen an incredible staff be more selfless and loving than any human being should be. The center provides free pregnancy testing and counseling (a major gift to the IU community), as well as support for families in the way of diapers, clothing, formula, etc... It provides life skills and parenting classes, and more than anything, a friendly face to talk to in the midst of life changing situations. The Hannah House provides safe lodging for expecting women and their babies, consistenty staffed with more of these Christ-walking people. The ladies are expected to learn to fend for themselves when there time here is over, working on GEDs, learning how to get jobs and how to run a household. The House holds up to 8 women and their babies. Indianapolis recently closed their maternity home, and our waiting list grows daily. We're currently a full house - with two babies to come into the world this week!

*****HOW TO HELP*****

1. Leave a comment with your pledge and the best way to contact you. I'll get in touch with you for the details.

2. Send me an email, rayjean@mail.com. Ask any questions you want, or let me know how to get back with you. This is a registered non-profit in its 21st year of serving. All giving in tax-deductible. You will get a statement in the mail!

3. Go online to learn more at www.cpcbloomington.org.

Please contact me by Wednesday, October 3.

Thank you for taking time to read this. For those of you who have given in the past, thank you so very much. Your generosity has changed lives - I am privelidged to have held some of those very lives in my arms!

Hope to hear from you soon!

Peace of God,
Denise <><

P.S. If you're in the neighborhood, you can also walk yourself and collect support for the event! It's Oct. 6. 9:30 a.m. at Clear Creek Christian Church in Bloomington. Breakfast and lunch provided; games and prizes, and bouncey toys all a part of the fun! Go online to register, print forms, and see tips for collecting pledges: www.cpcbloomington.org.


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