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It is gift-giving season. So what does Care Net want for Christmas?

Just imagine – a young couple, forced to move, expecting a baby. They arrive in town late, and no matter where they ask, there is no room for them. This is the story of Mary and Joseph arriving in Bethlehem.

 

Now imagine YOU are struggling as a parent, struggling to provide just diapers for your infant. You feel alone. Then someone tells you of a place where you can earn diapers, clothes and formula by taking parenting classes. You can have someone to seek advice from one-on-one. You call to make an appointment and the woman answering the phone says, "Yes, we can help, but we don't have any appointments available for the next two weeks."

 

This was the situation at Care Net, so we built a second advocate room and are seeking more volunteers. But looking to the future, we see a problem: there are no more ways to add meeting rooms with our current facilities. The second room allows us to provide more appointments for now, but does not allow for growth beyond the current demand. We are praying for a place to grow in the future.

 

This Christmas season we don't want to say "no more room" to expectant and struggling parents. We want to plan for more women and men to come to us for help. Therefore, we ask you to consider a special year-end gift to help pay down our current mortgage. As of November 1, the remaining balance is $39,705. Paying off our mortgage allows us to explore more options to meet our space needs. We could consider an addition to our existing buildings or we could look for a different property that would meet the needs of clients better. Having no mortgage allows us to be serious about a search.

 

Donate here and type "mortgage" as the special designation when making a contribution online.

 

Thank you for seeing this vision and helping us be able to say "Come on in, there is room for you here at Care Net."

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Join us November 9 from 5-7 p.m. to celebrate 35 years in ministry!

Chippewa County Crisis Pregnancy Center opened its doors November 5, 1982. Our purpose: to reach women considering abortion with the message that they have another choice - life - and that they have support to raise that child. 

Since then, a number of things have changed. Our name changed to Care Net Pregnancy Center of the EUP. We added a Mart to provide for young moms' material needs. We added parenting classes to provide practical information to help women be the best parents possible. We added services for men to reach those feeling there is no way they can be a dad. And we opened a medical clinic to provide medical grade pregnancy tests and ultrasound confirmations of pregnancy. We moved from a little office space above another business into our own building. This year, we built a second advocate room to increase the number of clients we can serve. 

God is certainly at work! We pray daily to reach more abortion-minded women and men. We pray daily that we can show them another choice with support to make it through. And we pray daily for the opportunity to share Christ with them. 

35 years is a major milestone, but we know we would not be here without the faithful support of individuals and businesses of the EUP. We are completely donor funded. We do not receive money from the government, yet all of our programs and services are offered completely free to all clients. This is possible through the generosity and gifts of our communities. 

Therefore, come and celebrate with us what God made possible through you. Finger foods and drinks will be available. Staff will be on hand to discuss questions and share memories. The Mart and the medical clinic will be open for tours.

We look forward to seeing you, Thursday November 9 from 5 - 7 p.m.

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Knights of Columbus collect scrap metal to support Care Net's medical clinic.

In 2013, the area Knights of Columbus groups raised funds to match a grant from the MI State Knights of Colombus to provide Care Net with an ultrasound machine. 

Why is this important? It is estimated that 1 in 3 pregnancies end in miscarriage. A woman who receives a positive pregnancy test needs more information. She needs to know 

1) if she truly is pregnant.

2) if the pregnancy is viable and likely to continue.

3) her estimated due date.

A pregnancy test alone can't tell her these things. An ultrasound confirmation of pregnancy can. 

Since Care Net opened the medical clinic in January 2014, we have provided 37 ultrasounds free of charge to women and men of the EUP. 

The ultrasound machine was purchased with a 3 year warranty that ended January 2017. Although the ultrasound machine is still working well, the end of the warranty also means that regular maintenance on the machine is now an added expense to Care Net. Each regular maintenance appointment runs between $800 and $1000. And this does not include parts if something needs to be replaced. 

So Care Net asked the Knights of Columbus groups to help raise funds specifically for the maintenance and the eventual replacement of the machine. 

Knights of Columbus group #649 decided to raise funds through a scrap metal drive. October 31 through November 30, 2017, you will find several bins behind the K of C building at 2755 Ashmun Street. One will collect aluminum, one is for acid-based batteries, and one is for scrap metal. If you have any questions about what qualifies for each of these categories, call the Knights at 632-3653.

Take advantage of this great opportunity to clean out your garage AND support Care Net.

Thank you so much, Knights #649. Soo Evening News Article

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A great evening of fun, the Fall Auction helped raise money for Care Net's operating expenses.

Thank you to all who came to the Fall Auction at Brimley Area Schools on October 19. It was a great success and lots of fun! Norm Burton acted as the auctioneer, throwing in fun asides to encourage bidding on each item.  We had 57 bidders, plus more people in attendance. In fact, we had to set up more chairs to accommodate everyone.

Brimley Congregational Church and Brimley Baptist Church did a wonderful job decorating the tables and providing delicious desserts and coffee.

All the items available for auction were donated by individuals and local businesses. Because these items were donated, all proceeds from the evening directly support the ministry of Care Net. How much money was raised? $4632.50! Thank you to everyone for your generosity and for being an integral part of providing for this ministry.

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Join us in Brimley October 19 at 6:30 p.m. for Care Net's Fall Auction & Dessert Benefit. Hosted by Brimley Congregational Church and Brimley Baptist Church at the Brimley Area School Cafeteria, this is a great opportunity to come out, pick up some early Christmas presents, and support the ministry of Care Net.

Fall Auction & Dessert Benefit

Handcrafted items, gift baskets, and homemade goods will be available for auction. Some items will be sold via live auction. Otherwise will be offered through a silent auction. Desserts and coffee are provided by this year's hosts, Brimley Congregational Church and Brimley Baptist Church. 

All proceeds of this event benefit the ministires and programs of Care Net Pregnancy Center of the EUP. Please join us for this fun event!

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An updated website - a new client advocate room - summer events and conference overview - 35th Anniversary Celebration - national statistics. God is certainly at work blessing Care Net Pregnancy Center of the EUP. Read our most recent newsletter to get all the details.

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We have had a busy summer full of events in the community and many client appointments. See what God is doing here.

Summer has been a busy time for us, both in terms of client interactions and community events. Since May 1st, we have seen 35 individual clients over 164 appointments. We have performed 5 pregnancy tests and 1 ultrasound. We have also had more people stop and request help with diapers and formula than we have in the past. When this happens, we try to help them but also try to get them started on our Earn While You Learn program, where they earn points to buy items from our Mart. We want them to feel the satisfaction of providing for their children themselves, rather than receiving free handouts or "charity." Due to your great generosity, we have been able to meet these needs because the Mart is well supplied.

Our summer events started off with our 2nd Annual Garage Sale held here at Care Net in our parking area and yard. The weekend of June 30th - July 1st proved to be drizzly and wet, but we still had lots of folks stop by and shop. All in all, we raised $2445 to help us through the summer.

July 4th Care Net had a "float" in both the St. Ignace parade and the Sault parade. It was fun to see all the smiling faces in both towns. 

Downtown Days/Sidewalks Sales at the beginning of August was another damp weekend, but also afforded a number of good visits. A couple shared information with us regarding Young Lives Camp. This is a camp for teenage moms, where a teen mom comes with a life coach and her baby, for a chance to do something fun - like camp! This couple volunteered at Young Lives Camp as babysitters, taking care of little ones while the young moms participated in activities. This sounds like a great resource we can not only share with our young moms, but might also be something you can get involved with. Check it out online.

Lakerpalooza was another fun day! We were able to interact with quite a few of the college students at LSSU and 57 took our survey! What did we learn? Most college students don't differentiate between a pregnancy resource center and an abortion clinic. They think we offer abortions as well as pregnancy and parenting support. We will have to work on getting the word out that we value life - the life of the mom, dad, and baby.

This week (August 29 - September 4) we are out at the Chippewa County Fair AND we have two folks at the Care Net National Convention. We look forward to seeing how God will use both of these events to promote the life HE gives in the EUP.

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Summer is a busy time for Care Net as we reach out into the community to raise awareness of who we are. We need your financial help and your time.

This is an exciting year for us as we celebrate a milestone anniversary - we have been serving women and men of the EUP and making an impact here in our communities for 35 years! But we also know the work we do is not finished. There are still women in the EUP considering abortion, needing support and encouragement, and not knowing where to turn.

One of the ways we advertise our services is by being visible during the summer when so many activities and events are taking place. This year we are lining up a number of events for which we need your help.

Your support comes two-fold. First, many hands make light work, and we need folks willing to be active at a these events, most especially at the Chippewa County Fair. Second, we need funding to ensure our presence at these events does not take away from the needs of our clients. Printing brochures, providing handouts and giveaways, and items for drawings all add up in cost. Our estimate is that we need $3000.

The back of this letter lists the events we are looking to attend this summer and the specific needs of each one. The second sheet of paper is a sign-up sheet specifically for helping at the Chippewa County Fair. Please look these over carefully and let us know how you are able to help this summer. I am also enclosing an envelope for your financial donation to offset the costs listed and other financial needs during the summer.

Again, thank you in advance for your support and encouragement. This ministry is only possible because of the network of people in the EUP that believe in the value of life. We cannot do what we do each day – meeting women and men facing unplanned pregnancies right where they are – without you. Thank you for making all this possible.

God Bless You,

Noel K. Rupprecht
Executive Director

To volunteer at any of these events, please contact
Noel at 635-1103 or by email at cnpcofeup@gmail.com

Garage Sale

June 30 – July 1 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Needs:

  • 4-6 people to help setup Friday morning, starting at 8:00 a.m.
  • 4-6 people to help take down Saturday evening, starting at 4:00 p.m.
  • Folks willing to help for 3-4 hours per day
  • Tables to display the items for sale

July 4th Parades in St. Ignace and Sault Ste. Marie

Needs:

  • 4-6 people to walk with the float/truck, handing out magnets and candy
  • Money or donations for magnets and candy
    • Magnets = $150/1000 custom magnets with our information on them
    • Candy: hard candy, suckers, or tootsie rolls. Please no chocolate as it melts.

Downtown Days/Sidewalk Sales

August 4-5

Needs:  

  • 1-2 people each day to help answer questions at the booth
  • Donations to cover printing costs and registration fee

Lakerpalooza

August 25

Needs:  

  • 1-2 people each day to help answer questions at the booth
  • Donations to cover printing costs and give-aways for the students
  • Donations for a tablet or similar item as a drawing prize for completing a survey.

Chippewa County Fair

Because so many volunteers are needed for this event, please see enclosed sign-up sheet.

Financial Needs: printing, giveaways and a tablet/similar prize for completing a survey

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Care Net Garage Sale June 30 – July 1. Volunteers needed!

Get involved at the second annual Garage Sale at the Care Net Pregnancy Center. We are accepting donations of items to sell. All items will be sold by donation. We also need tables to display items on and volunteers to help set up, manage and take down. If you have a couple hours to share, please let Noel know!

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