Paid Content by Shirley Grace Pregnancy Center – Helping Pregnant Women in Crisis and Upcoming Gala


♪>>>WELL, LEARNING THAT YOU ARE EXPECTING A CHILD CAN BRING A VARIETY OF EMOTIONS, FROM JOY TO FEAR AND EVERYTHING BETWEEN. UNDECLARED AND PARENTS ARE UNPREPARED EMOTIONALLY OR FINANCIALLY, EMOTIONS CAN RUN PRETTY DEEP.>>THAT IS WHERE THE SHIRLEY GRACE PREGNANCY CENTER COMES IN. THE MISSION IS TO HELP NOT ONLY TEAM PARENTS, WOMEN AND MEN WHO FIND THEMSELVES TAKING ON A NEW ROLE, PARENTHOOD. ♪>>FROM THE MOMENT LIZ GLORIOSO, SHE KNEW THAT SHE WAS WHERE SHE NEEDED TO BELONG.>>Woman: I NEEDED TO FIND OUT IF I WAS PREGNANT AND WAS IN A FINANCIAL SNACK AT THE TIME. THIS IS A PLACE I FOUND ONLINE, AND EVER SINCE THEN I HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO TAKE MYSELF AWAY.>>YOUNG WOMEN LIKE LIZ OR WHO DRIVE THE MISSION OF THE CENTER, NOW IN ITS FIFTH YEAR.>>Woman: WE ARE A RESOURCE CENTER IN OUR COMMUNITY FOR EVERY WOMAN WHO LIVES ARE ON THE EASTERN SHORE.>>LISA WILGUS IS THE DIRECTOR.>>Woman: THE PREGNANCY TEST IS A KEY TO GETS US INTO THE HEART AND LIFE SPIRIT IS A $12 FEATURE THAT SAID WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU, BUT THEN, THAT KEY UNLOCKS SO MANY OTHER AREAS IN THEIR LIFE THAT THEY NEED OUR HELP, AND WE NEED TO COME ALONGSIDE OF THEM, AREAS THAT WE DON’T KNOW HOW TO DO, WE DON’T HAVE THE EXPERTISE OR MANPOWER, THEN THIS IS A PLACE THAT WILL LINK THEM TO OTHER RESOURCES, TO BE ABLE TO GET THE THINGS THEY NEED FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR BABY AND THEIR FAMILY.>>THAT INCLUDES A SONOGRAM SUCH OTHER BABY’S PROGRESS DURING THE PREGNANCY, AND VISITS FROM A VOLUNTEER NEWPORT SPECIALIST.>>Woman: BOBBY’S HEART IS FOR THE YOUNG TIME OR FIRST TIME ON WHO IS STARTING MOTHERHOOD EARLY. SHE WILL COME ALONGSIDE OF THEM AND MENTOR AND EDUCATE THEM ON THE WHOLE BIRTHING PROCESS, GETTING READY FOR LABOR AND DELIVERY, GETTING READY FOR NEWBORN CARE, AND WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE. HOW TO BASE A BABY, HOW TO TAKE CARE OF THE UMBILICAL CORD, IF YOU ARE GOING TO BREAST-FEED, HOW TO START OFF SUCCESSFULLY WITHOUT.>>LISA SAID JUST AS IMPORTANT AS EMOTIONAL SUPPORT OFFERED BY SHIRLEY GRACE PREGNANCY CENTER, SOMETHING LIZ FOUND HER A JUNK MOTHER’S SUPPORT GROUP.>>Woman: YOUNG MOMS IS A GREAT PLACE WHERE A LOT OF US YOUNGER TEEN MOMS, WE ALL GET TOGETHER. WE SHARE A MEAL. WE GET TO LEARN FROM OLDER, MORE EXPERIENCED MOMS ABOUT JUST MAKING GOOD DECISIONS IN LIFE, ABOUT BEING A BOMB, IN A RELATIONSHIP. THEY REALLY HELP US JUST BECOME THE BEST MOM THAT WE CAN BE.>>LISA SAID ALTHOUGH THESE CENTERS REACHES FAR AND WIDE, TRANSPORTATION LIMITS WHERE IT IS NEEDED MOST, ESPECIALLY LOWER BOOSTER COUNTY.>>THERE ARE A LOT OF TEEN PREGNANCIES AND THAT PART OF THE COUNTY, BUT IT IS HARD TO GET THEM HERE BECAUSE WE DON’T HAVE TRANSPORTATION TO GET AND TAKE THEM BACK, WHICH IS WHY WE ARE APPLYING FOR GRANTS SO WE CAN TAKE OUR PROGRAM DOWN TO THEM, MEET THEM WHERE THEY ARE.>>AND ALTHOUGH THE REWARDS OF PARENTHOOD ARE IMMEASURABLE, THE YOUNG PARENTS WHO FOLLOW THROUGH RECEIVE MOMMY MONEY AND DADDY MONEY THEY CAN BE USED IN THE SHORT GRACE BABY BOUTIQUE.>>WE COULD FILL THE NEEDS OF THE FINANCIAL DEFICIT THAT THEY HAVE, BUT ALSO, AGAIN, ENRICH THEIR LIVES WITH EDUCATION AND PARENTING SKILLS, SOCIAL SKILLS, SPIRITUAL COMPONENTS OF YOUR LIFE.>>AS LIZ’S BABY GIRL MAKES A TRANSITION FROM AN INFANT TO A TODDLER, THIS CONTINUES TO RELY ON THE SUPPORT SHE GETS FROM THE SHIRLEY CRISIS CENTER AND IN FACT, SHE SAID SHE IS NOT SURE WHAT HER LIFE WOULD BE LIKE WITHOUT IT.>>THE WOMEN HERE ARE AMAZING. IT IS JUST A WONDERFUL GROUP OF EXPERIENCED MOMS, MOMS WHO HAVE BEEN THROUGH WAY MORE THAN I HAVE OBVIOUSLY. THEY HAVE THE WARMEST HEARTS THAT I HAVE EVER BEEN ABLE TO SEE FOR MYSELF, AND I AM GLAD I WOULD BROUGHT HERE BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW WHERE I WOULD BE WITHOUT THEM.>>IF THERE IS ANY COMMON THREAD ON ALL OF THE EXIT SURVEYS THAT OUR CLIENTS DO AS THEY LEAVE, THAT IS ANONYMOUS, THE COMMON THREAD IS THEY DID NOT JUDGE ME. I DID NOT FEEL CONTEMPT. THEY OFFERED ME LOVE AND SUPPORT. IF YOU WOULD ASK ANY OF THE WOMEN WHO ARE A PART OF OUR PROGRAM TODAY, I THINK THEY WOULD ALL SAY THAT THIS IS LIKE THEIR FAMILY. ♪.>>>SUCH A WONDERFUL RESOURCE. CENTER FOCUSES ON EDUCATING WOMEN ON ALL OPTION WHEN IT COMES TO UNPLANNED PREGNANCY. LISA SAID NO ONE AT THE CENTER AS PART OF THE WOMEN’S DECISION MAKING MOVING FORWARD. SHE SAID NO POLICE ARE IMPOSED ON ANYBODY WITH NO PRESSURE. THEIR JOB IS ONLY TO EDUCATE THEM, EMPOWER THEM, AND EQUIP THEM TO MAKE HEALTHY LIFE DECISIONS SO WE CAN HAVE HEALTHIER FAMILIES IN OUR COMMUNITY.>>AND YOU CAN HELP FURTHER THE MISSION BY ATTENDING THE SHIRLEY GRACE PREGNANCY CENTER’S ANNUAL BENEFIT GALA WHICH IS NEXT MONTH. LISA WILGUS IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, JUST SAW HER IN THIS PIECE RIGHT HERE. THANK YOU FOR COMING.>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.>>SO THE SCALE IS NEXT MONTH?>>YES, IT IS AT THE LIZ WILGUS. AS OF RIGHT NOW, WE ARE LOOKING AT ABOUT 500 PEOPLE THAT WILL BE ATTENDING. MY GOAL IS TO HIT 700. I AM REALLY HOPING THAT THE SEGMENT THAT WILL BE AIRED WILL PURCHASE OVER THE TOP. THAT NIGHT IS GOING TO BE STARTING OFF WITH A CASH BAR AND HORS D’OEUVRES, A WELCOME RECEPTION. HE WILL BE ESCORTED INTO YOUR SEAT TO RECEIVE TO ENJOY A BEAUTIFUL THREE-COURSE DINNER. THERE ARE GOING TO BE POWERFUL AND MOVING CLIENT STORIES THAT WILL BE SHARED THAT NIGHT, JUST A HANDFUL OF THE WOMEN’S LIFE THAT WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO TOUCH AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE, TO SEE THE TRANSFORMATION OF THEIR LIVES TAKING SHAPE TO HELP CREATE THE FUTURE LEADERS IN OUR COMMUNITY. AND AT THE END OF THE NIGHT, A GENTLEMAN NAMED DAVID GARIBALDI WHO IS ON AMERICA’S GOT TALENT SEVERAL YEARS AGO WITH A PAINTER WILL BE PERFORMING THREE PIECES OF ART THAT NIGHT FOR THE AUDIENCE WHICH WILL THEN BE AUCTIONED OFF TO TO BENEFIT THE MISSION.>>THAT’S WONDERFUL. IT SOUNDS LIKE A BEAUTIFUL EVENING. THE SUBTITLE IS UNEXPECTED, UNAFRAID, UNLEASHED. WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THAT?>>THE MEANING IS THE POWER OF TRANSFORMATION IN OUR LIVES, THAT, MYSELF INCLUDED, AND ALL OF THE WOMEN I CAN PRETTY MUCH SAY WHO WALK THROUGH OUR DOORS, THAT IF YOU WOULD LOOK AT WHERE THEY ARE IN THEIR LIVES, WHERE THEY BEEN, YOU WOULD THINK THAT THERE’S PRETTY MUCH PERHAPS SOME PEOPLE LOOK AT THEM AND SAY NOTHING GOOD COULD COME FROM WHERE THEY’RE AT IN THEIR LIVES RIGHT NOW, AND THAT IT IS UNEXPECTED THAT GOODNESS CAN COME FROM THEIR LIFE, THAT THEY COULD ACHIEVE THE DREAMS THAT ARE MEANT FOR THEM TO ACHIEVE. BUT, WHEN THEY TAP INTO THE RESOURCES THAT WE HAVE, THE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE THAT WE OFFER IT SHIRLEY GRACE, THE SUPPORT THAT WE OFFER, THEN FEARS START TO DROP OFF. BECAUSE THEN, THEY START TO FEEL WORTHY AND VALUED AND LOVED. THAT THERE IS HOPE THAT THEY CAN ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING WITH THEIR LIVES AND CHANGE THE DIRECTION OF WHERE THEY BEEN, TO MAKE HEALTHIER LIFE CHOICES. AND ANYTIME FEARS ARE DIMINISHED, THEN YOU BECOME UNAFRAID, AND THAT IS WHEN YOU TAP INTO THE SUPERNATURAL POWER, TO BECOME UNLEASHED, TO CHANGE THE WORLD THAT YOU LIVE IN, AND TO ACHIEVE THE DREAMS THAT WERE SET BEFORE YOU. AND ALSO, IT SPEAKS LOUDLY TO THE ORGANIZATION, AND THE TRANSFORMATION THAT OUR ORGANIZATION IS CONTINUING TO GO THROUGH. AS WE GROW, WE TAP IN TO US AS LEADERS, WHO WE ARE, WHO WE ARE CALLED TO BE. YOU SEE THE ORGANIZATION GROWING AND EVOLVING, REACHING OUT FURTHER INTO THE COMMUNITY, MAKING A BIGGER IMPACT IN THE FAMILIES ON THE SHORE VERY.>>ALL RIGHT.>>LISA, IT SOUNDS LIKE A WONDERFUL EVENT.>>IF YOU LIKE TO GO, SATURDAY, APRIL 8 AT THE LISA WILGUS IN OCEAN CITY. THERE IS A NUMBER, 410-4123 IF YOU’D LIKE TO MAKE RESERVATIONS. AND AGAIN, IT IS THE SHIRLEY GRACE PREGNANCY CENTERS ANNUAL

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