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From the desk of Marla Brown, CEO
CEO, Pregnancy Aid Clinic
Dear PAC friends,
I absolutely love this time of year because it gives me another opportunity to remind our staff, clients, volunteers and donors how THANKFUL we are for them. For me, the season of Thanksgiving is always reminiscent of family, good food and the promise of a new year. It’s a time that I look forward to being with loved ones and creating beautiful memories. Yet, it is also a time I need to remind myself how foreign these thoughts are for many of our clients at PAC. The women and men coming to us are typically not looking forward to the upcoming months of cold weather without a place to stay, lonely and stressful holidays and uncertain and unpredictable futures.
The families seeking help from PAC need the most basic gift - hope. They typically have not had a strong support system. Their life circumstances and family experiences are very different from yours and mine and they want to know what it’s like to feel part of something that matters. The good news is that our mission is continually becoming a well-known resource and support center for many families.
We’ve had several clients refer to us as their “family” and place where they know they can go “without judgement.” Pregnancy Aid Clinic is an educational facility that gives families a framework of how to be good parents and positively impact the community. We begin by helping them understand options and then give them good decision making skills through classes like those included in our 10-10-10 series. Our evidence-based parenting classes also give our clients an opportunity to earn things for themselves and their families which helps establish both a sense of responsibility and pride for the participants. And our Nurturing God’s way program supplies spiritual fulfillment for those clients desiring more purpose in their lives.
We truly believe that we can positively impact change in our communities by planting seeds of hope every day. You help enable this with your prayers and support. You are the reason we had 874 babies born through our clients in the last 12 consecutive months. It is you who are helping to push the pendulum further for us by supporting pro-life initiatives and agendas in your churches and community. Never doubt the impact you are having on the lives of the women and families we serve at PAC. Our fall fundraiser at the Georgia Aquarium was a huge success and will enable us to continue saving more lives according to God’s plan in 2019.
I want to wish you and your family the happiest of holidays this year. Remember to always be grateful for the gift of family. And continue to pray for those who do not understand or know the feeling of how to truly love or be loved in this life.
Donors impact lives!
The Power of “Gracelets”
Tracey Beals, a parishioner at St. Peter Chanel, created a grassroots ministry of making beautiful blessed bracelets. But not just any bracelets, we like to call them “gracelets” for the impact that they have had in our clinics. Tracey gets together with several women’s groups, originally formed through the CHRP program, to make bracelets and unite in the 3-S’s: Spirituality, Service and Socializing. The bracelets are prayed over, blessed by Msgr. Rao and delivered to our clinic with the intention of going to clients that need a little boost of support. Once given a bracelet, the client writes down their prayer intentions that go back to these phenomenal women groups for prayer.
Our clients have really embraced these small tokens and reminders that they have someone out there praying for them and their unborn. We have had some inspiring client stories that have come out of gifting “gracelets.” Client B was struggling with making a decision about her pregnancy because her mother and boyfriend were very negative and telling her she “needed” to abort her unborn child. After receiving the bracelet and letting her offer up prayer intentions, she realized that there were positive people that were supporting her and her choice for life. She immediately felt uplifted. She felt hope. And sometimes that’s all that our clients need... just a little hope. It’s through God’s grace, and the grace of these women, that a tiny little life was saved that day. Client B is just one example of how these pretty little reminders can change an attitude and make a client in need feel special and deserving of God’s grace and compassion.
Client D came to us broken and looking for help. Her boyfriend accused her of cheating and made her come have a pregnancy test. The young woman tested negative, but revealed in her counseling that she had been beaten to the point of breaking her hand. That day, again through the grace of God, FBI Special Agent Towns was in the clinic sharing information with our staff about uncovering potential clients that may be or have been trafficked or abused. She was immediately notified and went to speak to the client. They worked together to create a plan to get her out of the situation. Client D really struggled. One of our Client Advocates gave her a “gracelet” and told her that if she left her situation there were people praying for her and support her. She was very touched and put it around her broken hand. They all prayed together. We hope that the reminder on her hand gave her the courage to stick to the plan and get to a safer place the following day. She needs all of our prayers to be brave, stand up for herself and never return to that relationship.
Thank you to all those involved in Tracey’s bracelet ministry. You are changing and saving lives. We are so grateful for you!
“An Evening for Life”
Aaron (PAC Board Member) & Lisa Bartlone
Gina Philips (Director of Medical Services), Marla Brown (CEO) & Tamara Bourne (PAC Board Member
Bottom row L to R: Lynn & Gary Kuehl,
Glen & Clare Schelhammer, Nancy Donovan.
Top row L to R: Jerry Bisig, Tina & Roger Vernier, Peter Donovan
L to R: MaryLynn & William Llop (PAC Board Chair), Christine (PAC Board Member) & Joe Trovato, Deacon Gary (PAC Board Vice Chair) & Liz Schantz
Karen & James Sheehan
Donald & Scarlett Ordner
Below: Bardeen & Bill Dunphy & family
Our largest fundraiser to date.
Fr. Neil Dhabliwala (PAC Board Member) led prayer
Danny & Queenie Ross & friends
Harp sponsor Point to Point Land Surveyors table guests in prayer
William Llop (PAC Board Chair) with Toni & Warren Stoughton (PAC Board Member)
Greg & Marla Brown (PAC CEO) & family
The PAC family wants to thank all our sponsors
and guests for a successful event! God bless you! (Missing from photo: Kim Rielly)
New ways to give ...Financially
#iGiveCatholic is a way of identifying Catholic organizations for Giving Tuesday, the national day for giving. On the day after Cyber Monday, you will be encouraged to give financially to your favorite organizations. We hope you choose us! For more information please go to igivecatholic.org.
We are relaunching our Prayer Warriors program. This is a monthly e-publication that lists special prayer intentions for PAC clients and friends. Go to: pregnancyaidclinic.com and click the shield on our homepage to sign up!
We have set up a wishlist on Amazon so that you can shop online and have things delivered directly to our clinic. We will update it periodically with the items that are needed for our boutique and clients. Go to the donate page on our website and click the link. Or use this link: http://a.co/gk6L0ek
Don’t forget to list us as your Amazon Smile charity of choice!
Sharika Jackson Client Advocate
Sharika joined PAC in October as a Client Advocate in our Roswell Office. She has extensive experience working with various populations in the mental health and social services fields. Sharika has provided case management, psychosocial rehabilitation, and parenting skills to pregnant women, adolescents, adults and families affected by trauma, homelessness and mental illness services within various sectors.
As a result of having experienced trauma at a very young age with the sudden loss of her mother, in addition to having her daughter while attending college, Sharika feels that she is able to have a good understanding of clients that she sees. Sharika has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology from Louisiana Tech University. She finds that not only her education, but her experience with various populations has also enhanced her skills in order to better serve client’s needs.
Sharika, who attends St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church in Atlanta, believes that her life experiences have led her to her passion for working with families. Faith is what she stands on for continued strength. She hopes that through her work with clients, they are able to gain hope, ultimately allowing them to have faith to endure parenting or placing their children.
“Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and the evidence of things not seen,” Hebrews 11:1
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• Holy Trinity, Peachtree City of Jesus, Atlanta
• The Basilica of The Sacred Heart of Jesus, Atlanta
• St. Andrew, Roswell
• Christ the Redeemer, Dawsonville
• St. Gabriel, Fayetteville
• Our Lady of the Assumption, Brookhaven
• St. Peter Chanel, Roswell anta
• Cathedral of Christ the King, Atlanta Knights Council #660
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• Holy Spirit Girl Scout Troop #18234 prayer cards 234 prayer cards
• Holy Redeemer school “Dress down day” and wn day” and
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• All Saints, Dunwoody: Party with a Purpose! event a Purpose! event
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St. Marguerite D’Youville, Lawrenceville: NOV 10-11 Holy Spirit, Atlanta: DEC 1-2
St. Catherine of Siena, Kennesaw: JAN 19-20
SAVE THE DATE
Give Families a Shot! Golf Invitational Tournament to support PAC
April 23, 2019
INTRO TO NFP CLASSES
(open to married and engaged couples) Forest Park: Thurs 11/29 @ 5:30pm Roswell: Mon 11/26 @ 5:30pm
Sign up at: pregnancyaidclinic.com/classes
To all of you who stand with us and our mission for Life...
Have a Blessed Thanksgiving! May the Lord continue to keep you and your families safe and joyful.
In His name we pray.
The mission of the Pregnancy Aid Clinic is to promote the sanctity of human life as recognized in the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. We accomplish this by empowering families in the Greater Atlanta area to make healthy life choices related to human sexuality by providing pregnancy confirmation and fertility awareness programs along with pregnancy and parenting educational support.