“Group has helped me to be a better mother by helping me to make better choices 4 my family and be a stronger person all together.” D.B.
“I am 19 years old. I started going to the pregnancy center when I found out I was pregnant with my son. He is now 2 years old. Being a first time mother was hard. … if you need assistance try Open Arms Pregnancy Center because they helped me, and I’m sure they can help you too!”N.B.
“Well the pregnancy center helped me out while my kids were little. I got clothes and needs met through the center when money was tight and the support groups helped me connect with girls with the same child issues. So ya, the center helped me.” R.S.
Moms’ Support Group is an opportunity to meet with other young moms and share problems, concerns, and successes. It’s an opportunity to meet new people and develop friendships. It’s a chance to discuss topics of interest to young moms, get a break from the routine, and share time with friends that understand about your children. It’s a place to receive material resources, experienced advice, and encouragement for the struggles of parenthood. It’s an opportunity to improve your parenting skills while enjoying yourself. If you are pregnant or have a child under 3 and would like to check it out for yourself, you are invited to join us Thursdays from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.
“Group has been very helpful not only with getting the things I need for both my babies but also with emotional support during hard times.” A.B.
Some moments during a moms’ support group meeting
This 4 1/2 minute clip is part of a discussion about rent and housing, an issue of great concern in many young mothers’ lives. The mothers join in, sharing ideas and information.
The following YouTube video highlights some of the critical issues for expectant mothers. The issues are complex, but the treatment in the media is worth thinking about. At the end of the video you have the option of telling us what you think about a few of the issues that are addressed. You’ll also have the chance to leave a comment and get some dialogue going.
In the middle of May, one of the regular members of Group suddenly found herself and her family homeless. Her husband lost his job and they were unable to pay for an apartment, so the family of 5 ended up sleeping on the living room floor at her mom’s house. Read the rest of this entry..
During the months of January, February, and March we had 5 new girls start coming to our Mom’s Support Group who had all found out that they were pregnant. We had some lively discussions about pregnancy, birth, and newborn care. Things seemed to be going well but within one week, Read the rest of this entry..
Just before Christmas one of the girls called me to ask if I knew of any programs that might help her save her car from being repossessed. She is a young, single mom with one child who is trying to support her little family with as much work as she can get and her hours got cut. I didn’t know of any programs to help her, but I know the supporters of Open Arms. I let a couple of people know about the situation, and within a few days, people had donated just the amount she needed to save her car. I am glad to know that even in these days when we hear so much about what is wrong with the world, that there are good people out there who care about people they have never even met. Thank you to those who gladly gave to help this young mom.
Much to our great disappointment, the 4th of July parade was cancelled due to bad weather. We were all prepared and excited about the event but it just didn’t work out. We had planned to use the parade as a way to get advance notice of our walk-a-thon out to the people in the area in hopes of increasing the interest in our big event.
Fortunately, it didn’t rain on Labor Day this year! The 5K run and the walk were a big success. We had 18 runners this year and many walkers. It was hot and humid but everyone seemed to have a good time anyway. These are the men’s and women’s race winners, Don Trask, Jr. and Angela Robinson. We had games, food, and activities for the kids before the event. After the event, 21 raffle winners were selected and received their prizes. We look forward to the next run/walk on Labor Day of 2015.
Our landlord, Dennis Keller State Farm, got all new signs and a new sign post from national headquarters, and our sign got taken down. The board of Open Arms decided that since new signs were needed, it was a good opportunity to change to a new logo. Watch for our new signs and for our new logo on our business cards, posters, and brochures. Still the same people, the same services, and the same desire to be of service to those around us.
The official statistics for 2013 are in. Open Arms Pregnancy Center had 693 client visits from 65 different clients during the year. Some of these young women came in only once but several came to Support Group and some came in for individual conversation during the week. It was a great year, with 3 young women receiving the support and encouragement they needed to be able to make good decisions about their pregnancies and with several
A lot has been happening at the Center in the lives of several of the girls. A depressing conversation about finances and Christmas at Group the night before Thanksgiving really touched my heart. I decided to put out an appeal for assistance for one girl in particular to supporters of the pregnancy center. I had no idea what kind of response I would get when I asked for information on any programs still available for help with Christmas. The response was so great that I had to turned some people away because more than enough had been pledged for her. I shared a second situation, so that people who didn’t get to be involved in the first one could still be involved, and again the response was overwhelmingly great. The request was forwarded and forwarded again and again until even people in other states had heard about these girls and offered assistance. Over 50 emails came in asking for more information about the situations and for what was still needed. When the things were brought in, in almost every case, more was brought in than what we were told was coming. When it was all over, the response was so awesome that the girls were totally blown away. It was wonderful and heartwarming to be even a small part of this great experience.
Our Annual Run for Life 5K and walk was scheduled for Labor Day, but due to torrential downpours, we rescheduled for the following Saturday. Unfortunately some people could not change their plans and were not able to attend. Those of us who participated had a good time. We added a couple of new activities this year that were very well received, and we still raised quite a bit of money to benefit Open Arms. Thank you to everyone who came to participate or to help Read the rest of this entry..
We have had a lot of activity at Open Arms recently. We have had good attendance at Group and several new clients coming in for assistance. The highlight of the last couple of months was walking in the 4th of July parade at Augusta. We had about 10 of the clients plus children and extended family members show up and walk with us this year. We had a great time and were able to pass out business cards to many young families to get the information out into the community. We hope to have more of them come in and use our programs and resources.
One of the girls was told near the beginning of her pregnancy that her bleeding was because the placenta had partially detached and that if it came loose, both she and the baby could die. She was considered very high risk and was monitored Read the rest of this entry..
Intro to a thought-provoking video
The following YouTube video highlights some of the critical issues for expectant mothers. The issues are complex, but the treatment in the media is worth thinking ... [Read More]