Celebrating Choices Pregnancy Care Program’s New Ultrasound Machine
Lake Wales Care Center’s Ultrasound Dedication Ceremony on September 19th was incredibly inspiring. The machine was donated by the Knights of Columbus and many other generous donors. Choices Pregnancy Care Program understands that a woman concerned about an unplanned pregnancy may face some of the most difficult decisions she will ever make. This program specializes in helping women get the information they need so they can those decisions with confidence. The staff and volunteers are there to empower women to make a plan and provide support for the next step in the journey. An Ultrasound is more than just a medical machine; it is crucial to the work done at Choices Pregnancy Care. The ability to see a child as well as to hear their heartbeat can be a turning point in the decision making process of new mothers.
A beautiful story was shared by Kristi Perkins, Choices Program Coordinator, at the ceremony. The story was about a young mother who visited the clinic a few months ago. This mother came to Choices Pregnancy Care after having visited an abortion clinic twice with intentions of terminating her pregnancy. The first time around, the father of the baby decided that they should take more time to think. They then returned to the abortion clinic a second time and after waiting for 3 hours for the clinician, no one showed up. “Think that’s Jesus?” she asked as she shared her story with the nurse at Choices. The mother and father were offered a sonogram while at their Choices appointment and happily accepted. As the sonographer, Asia Smith, was explaining what she saw on the screen and showed the screen to the mother and father, a small hand waved across the screen as if to say “hi”. The mother turned to the sonographer and asked once again, “Think that’s Jesus?”
An Ultrasound Machine is a huge expense that Lake Wales Care Center never thought possible. With the assistance of the Knight of Columbus and many other generous donors and participants, what seemed impossible, became a reality. Think that’s Jesus?
Learn more about Choices Pregnancy Care Program by clicking here.
Come visit the Surplus Thrift Store at our NEW LOCATION!
The Lake Wales Surplus Thrift Store is now located at 39 W. Park Avenue, Lake Wales, FL
Dedication Ceremony Recap
Lake Wales Care Center had a much anticipated celebration on Monday, August 14, 2017. The community gathered, cookies were eaten and smiles were glowing as Care Center staff took a deep breath of fresh air and cut the ribbon right down the middle during our Store Dedication Ceremony. Many supporters attended the celebration, including Mayor Eugene Fultz and his wife, Jan Fultz. Mayor Fultz encouraged Lake Wales Care Center to continue pursuing their mission of helping others and showed his excitement for the many more people to be helped in the future.
The Thrift Store opened just a few weeks ago at its new location. The simple move down the street and the wide open spaces ended up tripling sales in the very first day! The store is projected to hit about $500,000 in sales in 2017. The average sale is $7.36 and over 60,000 customers supported Care Center and its programs by shopping at the Thrift Store this past year.
Thank you to those who came out to the event and to those who continue to support Care Center in various ways. It’s because of you that we are able to do incredible things and will continue to make an impact in our community for many years to come.
Thank you, all, for an outstanding 2016 year! We especially wish to thank all of our past and present volunteers. For a detailed report of all our ministries, click the link below to view our Annual Report and learn all about the outreaches of which we are a part.
A volunteer, by definition, is “a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task.” To Lake Wales Care Center, volunteers are even more than that – they are the people who give of their valuable time to make sure Care Center’s mission is accomplished.
Water’s Edge, Lake Wales’ Senior Living Community, houses some wonderful volunteers that are willing to do just that. This summer, residents of Water’s Edge expressed interest in helping out, but were unable to travel to offer their time, so the Care Center simply came to them. Volunteer Coordinator Jolee Beamer set up a time in the Water’s Edge auditorium, and willing and able residents showed up in great spirits, ready to help.
The volunteers were a big help, cheerfully taping hangers together to sell in the thrift stores and rolling silverware for the Community Kitchen that happens every Sunday. One resident mentioned how excited she was to be volunteering when she said, “We love the Care Center! You all do such wonderful work. We’re glad to help.”
Old or young, big or small, volunteers are invaluable members of Lake Wales Care Center. There are always opportunities to serve and be a part of the people helping people helping people.