Directions for the Care Net Fitchburg Virtual Walk/Run

Join us for the Care Net Fitchburg Virtual Walk/Run special Labor Day event! Signup and download your sponsor form then join the Virtual Walk/Run on September 7th 2020. Click here for complete details including signup and sponsor forms.

Care Net Fitchburg Virtual Walk/Run Event Information

Date: September 7th 2020
Facebook streaming time: 9:30am
Walk/Run Time: Starts at 10:00am
Where: Anywhere you want!

Before you begin, please signup

Sign up and get lots of sponsors and collect lots of donations from the sponsors. Click here to read all the details about the Walk/Run and signup online. Then download your sponsor spreadsheet to record sponsors and their donation amounts.

After completing the Care Net Fitchburg Virtual Walk/Run

After the event please either enter your sponsor information on the website or mail the sponsor sheet to:
Care Net PRC
PO Box 511
Fitchburg, MA 01420

Prizes

What are the prizes?!  One prize is a beautiful, hand-painted water color painted by our artist in residence, our very own Executive Director Gail Gardner. 
(2) $50 gift certificates to Morning Star Christian Book Store.
Dunkin Donuts gifts.
$50 Amazon gift certificate.

Helpful Links

Registration & Waiver Form
Download Registration & Waiver Form
Download Sponsor Spreadsheet
Send Your Sponsors Form (submit one at a time)
Submit a donation (in optional section enter your name then the sponsors name)
Friends of Care Net Fitchburg Facebook page
Walk/Run Email Promo for Churches in .docx format

Support Care Net PRC Fitchburg with AmazonSmile

So many of us use Amazon, what a convenient way to shop. Now you can support Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center of North Central Massachusetts Inc. when you purchase your products using AmazonSmile. From your web browser you navigate to https://smile.amazon.com and signup, pick your charity and shop as always. And now, you can use the Amazon App to support your AmazonSmile charities. Here’s how.

Join AmazonSmile

If you are not already an AmazonSmile member, sign up on your web browser. Simply select your favorite charity to start generating donations, at no cost to you.

Get the app

Download or update to the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app on your phone. You can find it in the App Store for iOS or Google Play for Android.

Turn on AmazonSmile

Open the app and find ’Settings’ in the main menu (☰). Tap on ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone.

If you already use AmazonSmile, you just turn it on and approve a few settings. If you’ve never used AmazonSmile then search for “Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center of North Central Massachusetts Inc” as your charity and turn it on. That’s it! Now, whenever you make a purchase in your Amazon App, a donation up to 0.5% will be made to Care Net PRC Fitchburg (eligible purchases only).

Learn More about AmazonSmille

To signup and read more about AmazonSmile, navigate to Amazon’s FAQ page for all the details.

Virtual Baby Bottle Drive

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Psalm 139:13

Thank you for investing in life.

Our work continues in this “new kind of normal” we are living in. During our state emergency shutdown we have been reaching moms and potential moms over the phones. We have been able to counsel them, pray with them, and alleviate some of their anxiety. We hope you are able to partner with us in our virtual bottle drive. Our goal is $30,000. Our expenses have not gone away. New expenses will be added as we find our way through this “new kind of normal.” Life is precious. Help us to serve and meet the needs of our community during these difficult times.

In His love,
Gail Gardner
Executive Director

Donations

We hope you are able to partner with us in our virtual bottle drive. Our goal is $30,000. Simply enter “Bottle Drive” in the “Donation is In Honor” section of donation form. See example below.

30000
10529

Example donation to the Baby Bottle Drive

Enter your donation amount and click Continue
Fill in form, choose “Donation is” and select “In Honor” and enter “Bottle Drive”. Then click Process and you will receive a receipt for your donation.

After clicking Process you will immediately receive a receipt of your donation which you can print for your records.

Our 17th Annual Banquet was held at the Doubletree on October 24th

I met with our ushers in the boardroom. Denise happened by and took our picture. I commented that these are all future board members. We had 223 people register for the banquet. The evening went smoothly.

Users for our 17th Annual Banquet

Our theme for this special night was “Do Everything in Love”
1 Corinthians 16:14
Pastor Ruben Cabrera from Bethany Baptist in Gardner opened with prayer.

Our Pro-Life Achievement Award went to Dan Beauregard

Dan has been our IT guy since 2009. He served on the board from 2009 thru 2015. He was the one who took care of all the details when we had to put all our possessions in storage while we built up our new space. He oversees our two websites, our office computers and our telephone system. He attends Faith Evangelical Free Church in Acton MA.

Dan Beauregard

Pro-Abundant Life Video featuring Roland Warren

We followed the presentation with a Pro-Abundant Life Video featuring Roland Warren, President of Care Net National. Roland was previously involved with launching the Fatherhood Initiative in Washington, DC. He is passionate about the pro-life cause. As a young college student he and his girlfriend faced an unplanned pregnancy. They were counseled to abort but instead chose life.

Keynote Speaker, Bruce Binney

We had planned on three testimonies for our evening. Sophia, from Fitchburg State was going to be our videographer. God had other plans. We asked Bruce Binney if he would be our keynote speaker. He agreed.

He spoke about God’s plan that we do everything in love, he shared his story about being adopted and later learning that he was conceived in rape. He ended his talk with: “Do all things in love.” We here as Christians, believers in the great work of the cross, should be agents of God’s love and stand up for the children, those whose lives are endangered by our cultural standards and laws. We should be agents of God’s love to the hurting mothers who have been abandoned by the fathers of these children and see no other alternative except abortion. We should be agents of God’s love to those who have aborted their children, no, matter what the circumstances, showing compassion and care by bringing them the mercy. But we should never be complacent, we should never pretend that this holocaust isn’t happening and hide our heads in the sand, while so many are perishing. This is what I love about Care Net.

Keynote Speaker, Bruce Binney

Bruce lives in Gardner with his wife Karen. He is the father of two daughters and has four grandchildren. He started his involvement in the ministry of rescuing babies in the eighties as he stood outside an abortion center in Brookline, MA offering sidewalk counsel to women who considered abortion. He has a heart for God. Filled with a passion for life he went on to street evangelizing and went into shelters to help the men there. He currently serves as president of the board at our center. Bruce speaks to many of our local churches about our desire to do everything in love, being adopted he knows the loving choice that adoption is.

Thank you for your financial support

Wendy Mattis, our Director of Development appealed to our gathering for their financial support as we look forward to another year of serving our Lord by doing everything in love.

You may still make a donation at www.friendsofcarenetfitchburg.org

Respectfully,
Gail Gardner
Executive Director

In Every Thing Give Thanks

On October 22nd , the women from the Apostolic Lutheran Church in Ashburnham held a baby shower for us.

Our Pregnancy Resource center in Fitchburg has a mission of help and hope to those facing an unplanned pregnancy. Our free ultrasounds enable women, men, and families facing an unplanned pregnancy see life inside the womb.

And our services do not end there, we have certified childbirth educators able and willing to do classes in childbirth. We have trained volunteers facilitating parenting classes, and we have a list of resources to share with our clients that need help.

Diapers are truly appreciated.

Diapers are truly appreciated

In addition, we have an “Earn while you Learn” program that allows our moms and dads to earn “Baby Bucks” as they do their classes. The credits earned are used to purchase new baby items in our boutique.

Earn while you Learn

Visit our website: www.carenetfitchburg.net Hours of operation are Monday – Friday 10:00 – 4:00

Save the Date for the Annual Fundraising Banquet

Do Everything in Love Poster

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.

Baby Shower Lunenburg’s Woman’s Club

Facing an unplanned pregnancy?  Making decisions can be difficult.  You need to know all of your options. Empowerment comes when you find the strength and resources necessary to make your best choice.  All our services are free of charge.  Services Provided:  Pregnancy Testing, Ultrasound, Options Counseling, Pregnancy & Childbirth Education, and  Parenting Classes.           

Our classes provide essential tools and foundations to build upon as you begin your parenting journey. 

Through the generous gifts of concerned friends of the center we have a baby boutique filled with new items for those who participate in our classes. Find out more when you enroll in one of our classes and get a chance to earn while you learn.

On March 1st, the Woman’s Club in Lunenburg held a baby shower for us.  We were blessed to bring the many items they donated to our boutique.  We are grateful for their support as we continue to serve the communities in our area.

Christmas Message from our Director

As we approach Christmas we count our blessings.  May His blessings be yours now and forevermore. 

And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for he will save His people from their sins. Matthew 1:21

We were blessed to be invited to the Annual Christmas Gathering held by the Women’s Ministries of Fitchburg’s church of the Nazarene. And they blessed us with many gifts for our boutique.

Baby shows gifts from our friends at Fitchburg’s church of the Nazarene

Nancy LeShane had a wonderful program prepared for us.  It is powerful to spend an evening with our sisters in Christ.  The Nazarene women have stated that the purpose of their Women’s Ministries is to know God personally, grow in Christlikeness, discover and use spiritual gifts, love and serve others, and in all reflect the beauty of the Lord Jesus Christ.

“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men”

And even more gifts from our sisters in Christ at Highland Baptist Church in Fitchburg.  Kristen Lyons organized the members of their women’s ministry team to honor CareNet PRC with a baby shower. 

Baby show gifts from our friends at Christ at Highland Baptist Church in Fitchburg

Wendy Mattis, our Director of Development and Paula Butler, our Nurse manager presented our story and Mindy’s story.  You can watch Mindy’s Story.  Go to www.friendsofcarenetfitchburg.org click on video’s then 2017 banquet.  David Benson’s story is on the website also.  And soon to be posted will be the video of Lorraines Story

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.”

Thank you and Merry Christmas to all our friends of Care Net Fitchburg.
Gail Gardner, Executive Director

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.”