Save the Date for the Annual Fundraising Banquet

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17th Annual Fundraising Banquet, Thursday October 24 2019, 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 2019 banquet. Thank you for support.

Thank You to all our Friends of CareNet PRC – 2018 Banquet Director’s Report

CARENET PRC Annual Banquet

“He hath made everything beautiful in His time.”  (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

Liz Jacoby, wife of Pastor David Jacoby from Messiah Lutheran Church ushered in our 16th Annual Banquet on October 18th by playing the violin as guests arrived.

After everyone was settled in our Board President Bruce Binney, who attends Mission of Grace Church in Gardner, opened with prayer and blessings for our food and for our rescue mission.

We sat down to a wonderful meal of roasted chicken breast with green beans and mushrooms and a healthy helping of mashed potatoes.  And a great big piece of carrot cake for dessert.

Next came our Executive Director, Gail Gardner who invited us to open the gift box on the table which contained two pre-born baby fetal models.

She then told the story of a wonderful gift the center received from the Knights of Columbus.  A gift of a new Ultrasound Machine that allows us to show Moms, Dads, Grandparents, and family a picture of the womb. 

Each year we present our Pro-Life Achievement Award to a member of our community that honors life and our work.  This year our award went to Dr. Mark Conrad, founder of the Northeast Pregnancy Resource Center Coalition.  Started in 2006, the Coalition has brought powerful training programs to us.  The most recent was John Ensor author of “Answering the Call” and president of PassionLife Ministries.  Mark was born and raised on the South Shore and retired from the US Navy in 2003.

Lorraine’s Story

Lorraine was diagnosed with breast cancer in June of 2017.  The diagnosis came just two days before her thirty first birthday.  She was told that she had to go on a hormone blocker and would probably never be able to have children.  It would be another month before she realized she was pregnant.  Her oncologist told her that pregnant women have had chemotherapy before and were able to have beautiful healthy babies.  It had its risks and not every doctor on her cancer team felt this way.  She said, “It became quite clear to me that my baby was my silver lining.  My little angel to get me through cancer.”  Being told that one of the risks with both the mastectomy and chemotherapy was preterm labor and lower birth weights, and since this was her first pregnancy she was desperate for knowledge to prepare myself for any outcome.  She said, “I googled pregnancy classes in Fitchburg and found CareNet Pregnancy Resource Center.  Each week I came in and received my own pregnancy class with two nurses.  They taught me the signs and symptoms of labor and what to expect in a preterm situation.  While going through the hardest time in my life, I was grateful to have them as a resource because they provided me with so much comfort and peace in unknown territory.”

After surviving a left sided mastectomy and a 16 week cycle of chemotherapy, her son Liam was born on Valentine’s Day, 2018.  How fitting that he would be born on a day of extra love.  “He is truly my little miracle and we made it through with help from family and from my friends at CareNet Pregnancy Resource Center.”

Our evening continued as Father Len Cowan, a priest serving in the Anglican Diocese of New England brought us a pro-life message.  He reminded us that God indeed makes everything beautiful in His time.  Cancer is hard and not a beautiful thing but a son is precious and beautiful.

“Let it be said of us, while we walked among the living, Let it be said of us, by the ones  we leave behind, Let it be said of us, that we lived to be a blessing for life.”

Our own board member Jackie Edme sings John Wallers song “The Blessing.”

“This day, you set life, you set death right before us, This day, every blessing and curse is a choice now, And we will choose to be a blessing for life.”

New Ultrasound Machine – Thank You Knights of Columbus!

Last night 25 Knights of Columbus members filled our center as we dedicated the new Ultrasound Machine they gifted to Care Net PRC. Knights of Columbus – St. Anthony of Padua Council 15125 spearheaded the effort, Joseph P Keating Knights of Columbus Council 99 Fitchburg and many area Councils gave sizeable dollar amounts of money to make it happen (details to follow at the banquet). We are very grateful to our dear friends at the Knights of Columbus for their generous gift!

Some of you may remember Gladys Knight and the Pips, well, here’s a picture of Paula Butler and the Knights.  Next to Paula is Dr. John Worden, our Medical Director. I’ll tell the story at our banquet, but you must RSVP.  Reservations is required so we can provide a seat assignment and your banquet dinner.

 

You are cordially invited to our 16th Annual fundraising Banquet – REGISTER NOW

Reservations required, RSVP to 978-342-4244 or on-line at http://friendsofcarenetfitchburg.org/contactus/register/

When: Thursday October 18, 2018 – 6 pm
Where: Double Tree by Hilton, 99 Erdman Way, Leominster, MA, 01453 (map)
Cost: Free. (This is a fundraiser, so please bring your checkbook and be prepared to donate as much as you are able to this ministry.)

Are you planning to come? You must register so we can order your meal and assign your seating.

Our 2018 Pro-Life Achievement Award Goes to Dr. Mark Conrad

Dr. Mark Conrad was born and raised on the South Shore and retired in 2003 from the United States Navy. Mark has led ministries including the Family Life Weekend to Remember Marriage Conference, A Woman’s Concern pregnancy centers, and Ministry Leadership Today. In addition to opening pregnancy resource centers, in 2006 Mark founded and now facilitates the Northeast Pregnancy Resource Center Coalition which is committed to strengthening and enriching local pregnancy resource centers across the north east. Currently Mark works to facilitate local churches to embrace discipleship and fulfill the Great Commission.

 

You are cordially invited to our 16th Annual fundraising Banquet – REGISTER NOW

Reservations required, RSVP to 978-342-4244 or on-line at http://friendsofcarenetfitchburg.org/contactus/register/

When: Thursday October 18, 2018 – 6 pm
Where: Double Tree by Hilton, 99 Erdman Way, Leominster, MA, 01453 (map)
Cost: Free. (This is a fundraiser, so please bring your checkbook and be prepared to donate as much as you are able to this ministry.)

Are you planning to come? You must register so we can order your meal and assign your seating.

You Are Cordially Invited to our 16th Annual Fundraising Banquet

REGISTER NOW

For our 16th Annual Fundraiser Banquet on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 6pm at the Doubletree by Hilton, Leominster MA.

Join us at the Doubletree as we celebrate life.  Hear the story of a courageous young woman. 

Fellowship and food aplenty. 

Reservations required, RSVP to 978-342-4244 or online at   http://friendsofcarenetfitchburg.org/contactus/register/

This is a Fundraiser for Care Net PRC and we appreciate your financial generosity to the clinic and the community it serves.

More details to follow soon.

Welcome Pastor Ruben Cabrera to our North Central Mass Family

Pastor Ruben Cabrera tours the center

We welcome Pastor Ruben Cabrera to our North Central Mass family. He and his wife have just moved to Templeton and he will be serving Bethany Baptist Church in Gardner.  Bethany Baptist is one of the many churches that partners with us as we serve with Compassion, Care and Counsel.  With Pastor Cabrera are Wendy Mattis, our Director of Development and Gail Gardner, Executive Director.  Mayor Mazzarella had to leave early to attend a meeting and Paula Butler, our Nurse Manager took the picture.

Pastor Cabrera, Wendy Mattis and Gail Gardner

Mayor Mazzarella tours the center

Thank you Mayor Dean Mazzarella of Leominster for taking time from your busy schedule to stop by for a tour of our center.  Fitchburg and Gardner mayors were busy on the 15th and unable to come.  We hope to connect with them at another time.

Save the date for the 16th Annual Fundraising Banquet

Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 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.  Register today for the Annual Fundraising Banquet.

 

 

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.

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

David Benson’s Story

David Benson was born in Florida in 1970 without half of his arms and legs but has never let that stop him from embracing life. From being able to put his own socks on in the morning to driving a car, skiing, scuba diving or kayaking, David doesn’t let any obstacle get in the way of enthusiastically loving the life God has given him. He has been an educator for almost 20 years mostly as a special education teacher. He brings his no nonsense and humorous approach to life teaching people that no matter their circumstance God has a plan for everyone. His powerful testimony brings encouragement and hope to those who hear his story. Through David’s life story, people can see that, no matter the obstacles or barriers, there is a place for each and every one of us. David’s inspirational message reaffirms that all life is precious. We all have a purpose and no one is ever a “mistake” in God’s eyes.
 
“Let the Children come to Me……” Jesus said in Matthew 19:14 and this was our theme for our 15th annual fundraiser held earlier this month.  We were blessed to have David Benson as our keynote speaker.

About Care Net PRC Fitchburg

Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center of North Central Massachusetts, Inc. offers free pregnancy tests and related services to women of childbearing age, as well as to their partners and children. Referrals are made as indicated by our clients for professional counseling. Clients are referred to shelters specifically for pregnant women in crisis, or to housing authorities for assistance with affordable housing. Confidential peer counseling is offered in an objective and non-judgmental way to those who need a listening ear and assistance in decision making.

All of our services are offered in the community “free of charge”.

Donate To Care Net PRC Fitchburg

Mindy’s Story

Mindy is 41 years old, single and had an unplanned pregnancy. Mindy was pregnant once before, but this time she does something different – and is wonderful.  Watch how a baby changes Mindy’s life.  We were blessed to have Mindy share her story.  Thank you Care Net PRC Fitchburg for caring for women in our community.

About Care Net PRC Fitchburg

Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center of North Central Massachusetts, Inc. offers free pregnancy tests and related services to women of childbearing age, as well as to their partners and children. Referrals are made as indicated by our clients for professional counseling. Clients are referred to shelters specifically for pregnant women in crisis, or to housing authorities for assistance with affordable housing. Confidential peer counseling is offered in an objective and non-judgmental way to those who need a listening ear and assistance in decision making.

All of our services are offered in the community “free of charge”.

Donate To Care Net PRC Fitchburg