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.

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