Save the Date for the Annual Fundraising Banquet

Save the date for the 16th Annual Fundraising Banquet

Thursday, October 18, 2018 at the Doubletree by Hilton, Leominster.

Being a medical clinic is costly.  We do not receive any government funding.  Individuals, churches and businesses with a heart for those in need are our source of income.  All our services are free of charge and include pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, childbirth education and more.  Our clients have this to say:  “I felt comfortable and grateful for the caring staff.  This was a place where no one judged me.”  “I was glad to receive good and valuable information.  The atmosphere is warm and uplifting.  I was able to relax.  It was as though my counselor really knew me.”

We want to continue and you can help.

Kick off campaign for sponsors

Our banquet is three months away.  This is our kick-off campaign for sponsors.  Here’s the story:  Sponsorship levels are $500, $750, and $1,000.  These levels will receive third ($500), half ($750) or full page ($1,000) recognition in our program.  If this is too steep, a donation of $100 to $300 will place your name in the program as a friend.  Donate Today!  Go to www.friendsofcarenetfitchburg.org and click on donate.  Follow the instructions.  On the drop down menu choose “in honor” and type in 2018 banquet.  Thank you for support.

St. Edwards Holds a Virtual Baby Shower for The Center

And the gifts keep coming as we receive baby items from St. Edwards in Westminster.  Our vision is to create an environment where every human life is worthy of protection.  This is why we offer free ultrasounds along with free pregnancy and childbirth classes.  And, we are able to provide future moms and dads with much needed items as more and more churches hold baby showers for us.  And not only churches.  Businesses too, so thank you Avery Dennison for your donation to purchase items for our boutique.

The Choose Life License Plate supports pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes.  You can purchase your own Choose Life License plate by visiting your local Registry of Motor Vehicles or on-line at ChooseLifeMassachusetts.org

Great job Fitchburg Knights of Columbus

Harry Hakala, Dan Cucchiara and Cheryl Jarvis Cucchiara dropped of all the diapers, wipes and clothes they had collected the month of May.   A check is also in the mail from the 50/50 Raffle they did at the club for the Mother’s Day Breakfast. Thank you Joshua Champagne for your help selling tickets. The Fitchburg Council #99 also donated a $1,000 towards a new Ultra Sound Machine for the center this past year.

The Choose Life License Plate supports pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes.  You can purchase your own Choose Life License plate by visiting your local Registry of Motor Vehicles or on-line at ChooseLifeMassachusetts.org

2018 Juneteenth Event – Winner

A wonderful time was had by all at the Juneteenth event this past Saturday. We have a few pictures to share.

Gloria Rondon and Paula Butler, Care Net PRC staff, at the Juneteenth Event at Riverfront Park in Fitchburg on June 16th

Community Resource Officer Keith Bourne draws the winning name at the CareNet PRC bike giveaway.  Executive Director Gail Gardner is also in the picture. 

Community Resource Officer Keith Bourne and Executive Director Gail Gardner

The winners of the Care Net PRC bike giveaway pose with CareNet PRC staff at the Juneteent Event held at Riverfront Park this past Saturday.

Wendy Mattis and Gail Gardner with the winners of the kids bike

2018 Juneteenth Event – Bike Giveaway

Wendy Mattis, Care Net PRC and Andrew Weigel, Tomten Biketown

On Saturday, June 16th Care Net PRC will be giving away a new child’s bike. The bike will be at the Care Net PRC table at Riverfront Park in Fitchburg for the Juneteenth Event. The bike was donated by Tomten Biketown of Leominster. Seen receiving the new child’s bike is Wendy Mattis from Care Net PRC shaking hands with Andrew Weigel representing Tomten Biketown. Stop by our table and fill out your name as the drawing will take place at 5:00. An officer from the Fitchburg Community Resource Unit will draw the name.

Riverfront Park
51 Commercial Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420

2018 Coalition Training

It is an exciting time when we are able to gather with our co-workers from all over New England for a training.  Pictured are Rose and Laurie, Client Advocates, Gail, Executive Director, Aimee, LPN and Paula, Nurse Manager.  Wendy, our Director of Development took the picture.  We all met at Freedom Worship Center in West Boylston on May 30th.  Our teacher was Cynthia Hopkins, VP of Center Services and Client Care, Care Net headquarters in Virginia.  She gave us an introduction on how to be a “Pregnancy Decision Coach.”

“Jesus is our perfect example of qualities we want to emulate as we serve in the pregnancy center ministry.  His earthly ministry was characterized by many traits, including authenticity, acceptance, humility, and empathy.”  At the training we explored what each of these traits meant to us and how we would use them to bring compassion, hope and help to men and women facing unplanned pregnancy.

Choose Life Plate

Mark Conrad, facilitator, proudly wore his choose life plate t-shirt.  This training is underwritten by a grant from them.  If you don’t have a “Choose Life” plate it may be time for you to consider obtaining one.  It is a wonderful way to raise public awareness and  needed funding to support positive choices of Life, Adoption and Safe Havens for men and women facing unplanned pregnancies.

Spare some change to make a change

If you haven’t picked up a baby bottle to fill with change at your church, stop by the center and we’ll gladly give you one.

Annual Community Baby Shower

Aimee Martinez, Wendy Mattis and Paula Butler

The Annual Community Baby Shower Hosted by WIC and MOC was held at the Elks in Leominster on Wed. May 9.  There was a great turnout with many local organizations represented at tables.  Many wonderful gifts were raffled off throughout the afternoon.  At the CareNet PRC table we gave away beautiful hand-knit infant sweater sets to pregnant women.  Many guests to our table enjoyed taking pictures with our baby models.  Guests would hold the baby model that is the same size as their expected baby and take a picture holding the baby model in front of their stomach.  As always, we felt very welcome at this event and were happy to see familiar faces!  (picture includes Aimee Martinez, Wendy Mattis and Paula Butler).

Aldersgate Methodist Church Women’s Group gives Baby Shower

The Aldersgate Methodist Church Women’s Group gives a Baby Shower for Care Net PRC Fitchburg, MA.

What a joy it was to be with the Women’s Group at Aldersgate Methodist Church in Chelmsford, Massachusetts!  On April 21st the Aldersgate Women’s group gathered and hosted a baby shower for our CareNet Baby Boutique.  After a lovely luncheon and time of fellowship we gathered for a few minutes to hear all about CareNet PRC and how their wonderful gifts of baby items will help to stock our boutique at 515 Main St. in Fitchburg, Ma.  After taking pregnancy, childbirth or parenting classes, parents earn Boutique Bucks and are invited to shop in the CareNet Boutique for their new baby. Here at CareNet we are so happy to have this new relationship with the beautiful people at the Aldersgate Methodist Church in Chelmsford and are thankful for their generosity through this shower!

Newly Acquired Ultrasound Machine is our Gift for Christmas

Left to right. Paula Butler, Mike Malanson, Gail Gardner, and Fr. Dolan

God works in mysterious ways.  His ways are not ours.  In 2006 we were able to purchase a Toshiba ultrasound machine with a grant from Focus on the Family.  That machine is now over 12 years old.  It was time for us to consider replacing the one we have.  Pictured above is our newly acquired Esaote Ultrasound machine.  On the left is Paula Butler our Nurse Manager and sonographer.  Behind her is Mike Malanson of the Knights of Columbus St. Anthony of Padua council.  The lady in red is Gail Gardner, Executive Director and behind her is Fr. Dolan, rector of St. Bernards.

Our mission is to offer life-affirming alternatives to abortion and compassionate counsel to those who face pregnancy and abortion related issues.  The ability to take a picture of the baby in the womb helps.  So let me share with you the story of how this gift made its way to our clinic.

The reason I selected the scripture, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men” is because my tale begins at SS Lobster.  Every Tuesday my friend Sharon and I go to SS for dinner.  This one particular Tuesday, just before Thanksgiving, a couple of gentlemen stood behind us to place their order.  I couldn’t help but notice that their name badges had “Knights of Columbus” on them so I said, “I see you guys are from the Knights.”  They replied, “Yes, is there anything we can do for you?”  I said, you can get us a new ultrasound machine.  We went to our table and they took the table behind us.  I told them I was director of a center in Fitchburg and the ultrasound we have is over 12 years old.  We talked a while and he handed me his card.  I learned that he lived and grew up in Fitchburg.  The next day at work I sent him an email inviting him to stop by for a tour of the center.  That was November 15th.  On December 5th I get a call from Mike Malanson telling me that Mark Suomala, the Knight I had spoken to at SS Lobster had been in touch with him.  Through a series of events, there was a unit available.  A center in Revere had recently purchased a portable unit and no longer needed their Esaote machine.  On December 11th Mike and Paula’s husband Mark traveled to Revere to pick up the unit and bring it to us.  Mike asked Fr. Dolan to come in and bless the unit, and he did. 

The psalmist tells us that God, “formed our inward parts; and knitted us together in our mother’s womb.”  (Psalm 139:13)

Through the technology of ultrasounds we get to see babies in the womb.  God’s gift.  What a way to affirm life.  We are ever grateful and amazed at how God works.

Merry Christmas

Happy Thanksgiving from Care Net Fitchburg PRC

All of us at CareNet PRC in Fitchburg want to say “thank you” for your support and prayers.  Your giving helps us to bring helpful services to the men and women in our communities.  Our services are free.  We are here to help.  We are a non-profit Christian ministry.  Our mission is to offer life-affirming alternative to abortion and compassionate counsel to those who face pregnancy and abortion related issues.

 

David Benson was our Keynote Speaker at our 15th Annual Fundraising Banquet.  He was born in Florida in 1970 without half of his arms and legs but has never let that stop him from embracing life.  You may view his thought provoking video on our website www.friendsofcarenetfitchburg.org

Our theme this year was from the Gospel of Matthew.  “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for such is the kingdom of heaven.”  19:14