In 2014 Hope Pregnancy Care Center served more individuals than we ever have before. We served 269 people who came through our doors this year. That was 148 more than the people that came through last year. That number averages to 22 people per month that come to Hope Pregnancy Care Center.
We owe a great debt of gratitude to our volunteers who serve our clients faithfully every week. Our six volunteers who greet our clients gave us collectively almost 650 hours of their time this year. That does not count our Board Members hours who meet once a month, our yard and maintenance guy’s hours and our volunteers mentioned above who bring in a friend or a husband with them when their partner cant make it for some reason. We thank them all for a great year!
We hosted the Salvation Army’s Christmas gift pick up for the second year in row. There were so many smiling faces in the building for those weeks in December. We also want to thank all the Boy Scouts who continue to work on our Prayer and Reflection Trail. They have done a fantastic job! A most special thank-you to Dillon and your parents for all your work out there. We invite you to walk the trail and see for yourself what a great job they are doing!
Diaper ministry served 968 new born tushes, 1270 size 1’s, 1960 size 2’s, 3954 size 3’s, 4028 size 4’s, and 2672 size 5’s. We also had requests and were able to serve some preemie size tushes as well! Approximately 14,852 diapers were given to those who needed them this year.
Other items that were requested and we were able to help out with included but were not limited to:
baby bottles, baby wipes, baby shampoo and wash, bathtubs, bounce seats, blankets, socks and shoes, baby caps, baby blankets, strollers, high chairs, baby powder, baby lotion, baby beds, baby mattresses, cribs, mattress covers,, bumper guards,, baby sling, humidifier, breast feeding accessories, baby quilts, teething rings, high chairs, car seats, sippy cups, pack and play, stuffed animals and other items that folks have donated for us to give out to young families in need. We also gave out baby clothes from newborn to 18 months and maternity clothes for our young moms.
We also gave out at least six pregnancy tests and gave out information about pregnancy to those who requested information. We had some young ladies and their family members come in and watch some of our videos about pregnancy and caring for babies once they are here. We directed folks to local medical care, the health department and social services programs.
We talk and pray with our clients whenever they are in need and ask for it. We have given out many pieces of information with the most important having shared almost 50 Bibles and several salvation tracts for them to read and respond to.
Our demographics look very much like the 2013 census data with the majority of the people coming through our doors ae White Non-Hispanics with the second most declaring themselves as Two or more races.
Last but certainly not least, we thank God for continuing to bless Hope Pregnancy Care Center and our work here. He is our Lord and Savior whom we all seek to serve. We hope each person that comes through the door sees a little bit of Christ in the people we have here to greet them each week.
Linda Carmichael, Executive Director