From the Executive Director
I am one of those blessed people who has a beautiful drive to and from work. I live about 30 miles south of town, in the country on a long and dusty tree lined road. And I love it…the drive gives me time to think, to pray, to sing at the top of my lungs, to be hit by a deer…yes, it happened…a deer hit me! I had noticed during my drive to and fro, that the leaves on the trees were already beginning to change colors…IN JULY!!! Autumn really is my favorite time of year, but it just seemed a bit too soon for the colors to change. Summer will carry on for just a bit longer!
But change holds many promises…a new time of year, a new season, and crisper weather (for those that like that-I do!), but not quite yet! Just like the seasons hold changes, so it is here at Northwoods. We continually see lives changed, families changed, our team members change-some have moved on and new team members have started…all part of the season of changes.
We have been watching one change in particular...the number of clients who have come to us for services. In June we had a record of 91 appointments booked. In July, we had 71 appointments booked in comparison to 24 appointments booked a year ago. BIG change! In the first half of this year, we have already had more moms choose life for their unborn child than all of last year; 12 to date in comparison to 10 in 2017. We ask ourselves, is this the new normal or is this just a temporary change? Some days we feel that we are bursting at the seems with a long list of clients and five or more team members to run the Center and provide services to our clients!
To accommodate this change and keep pace with what appears to be a new trend, we are excited about redoing our conference room into a multipurpose room! This room will still be available for meetings, but with a few changes, we will have a work space for sorting the donations that we are blessed with, shelves for storage and a more comfortable waiting area for clients. We are looking forward to this change!
We continue to look for opportunities to share about Northwoods Pregnancy Care Center. There are several events coming up and if you are looking for a speaker for an event, meeting, banquet, or youth group-we are always excited to tell people about the Center.
Please save the date for Tuesday, October 9th…it will be here before we know it! We will be hosting our annual fund-raising banquet and hope to see new faces and familiar ones as well. Our theme this year is “There is life in your story…share it!” …we are eagerly anticipating what He has for us this year! Invites will be mailed out soon so please contact us if you have not received an invite in the past and would like to be added to our list. Seating is limited! It’s sure to be a beautiful evening with Joan Bernston as our guest speaker, our first ever Silent Auction, an amazing three course dinner and more! We hope to see you there.
May He richly bless you in the days ahead!