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.
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.
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
To volunteer at any of these events, please contact
Noel at 635-1103 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
June 30 – July 1 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- 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
- 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
- 1-2 people each day to help answer questions at the booth
- Donations to cover printing costs and registration fee
- 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
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!