Historic In-Depth Pregnancy Resource Report
Spotlights Contributions of Heartbeat Affiliates
Heartbeat International is proud to partner with Family Research
Council and other life-affirming pregnancy center networks in the
release of the groundbreaking joint services report, A Passion to
Serve, A Vision for Life.
"This report shines a light on the positive contributions of pregnancy
centers, maternity homes, adoption agencies, and pregnancy help medical
clinics," said Heartbeat International President Peggy Hartshorn, Ph.D.
"These faith-based community organizations, 40,000 volunteers strong,
brighten a woman's future with the support she needs to bring new life
into the world. This is one of the greatest volunteer service movements
in the history of our country."
"We are pleased that this report spotlights ten Heartbeat International
affiliates through stories that demonstrate sacrificial acts of love
and service. These frontline lifesavers are strengthening their
communities one heart at a time," said Hartshorn.
This combined services report, available at APassiontoServe.com,
traces the history of concern and care for pregnant women in this
country. It presents in detail, through statistical summaries, case
studies and client stories, the extraordinary social service
contributions made by pregnancy resource centers, detailing how centers
are meeting the needs of women, youth and families.
Executive director of one of the spotlighted Heartbeat affiliates,
Vivian Koob said, "The clients served by Elizabeth's New Life Center
are overwhelmingly young, unmarried, impoverished, under educated, and
minority. Elizabeth's New Life Center offers emotional support, medical
information, spiritual direction, educational classes, material
assistance, prenatal care, and mentoring at no cost to the client."
A former client whose poignant story in the report showcases one of
Heartbeat's Oklahoma affiliates, Kendra Howerton said, "If it weren't
for Stillwater Life Services, I honestly do not know where I would be
today. The staff, board, and volunteers at this pregnancy center
invested a great deal into my and my family's lives. The results of
their investments are priceless."
The report also includes endorsements from public figures such as U.S.
Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) who said: "The success rates and national
expansion of these pregnancy care centers are a testament to their
invaluable work in the lives of communities and individuals over the
years. These networks provide services that are often unavailable
elsewhere to expectant mothers."
According to Hartshorn, "The pregnancy resource movement is dedicated
to empowering women with life-affirming alternatives so abortion is
unwanted now and unthinkable for future generations."
Contact: Virginia Cline
Source: Heartbeat International
Date: September 30, 2009
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