Last week we gathered together for An Evening of Hope. We are so thankful for a smooth, beautiful evening, and most importantly for the hearts that were encouraged by the message of hope. There was an important announcement made, and we wanted to share more about it with you.
Atlanta Pregnancy Resource Center is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with The Morning Center to offer, free full-service, Christ-centered prenatal, maternity, and postpartum healthcare in Metro Atlanta. The Morning Center will find its Atlanta home base at APRC, which will include the primary clinic and main office. The roll-out is scheduled to coincide with APRC's 10-year anniversary in the Spring of 2017. The component brought by The Morning Center complements and furthers APRC's mission to share the truth and compassion of Jesus Christ, support life-affirming choices, and promote healthy relationships by serving and caring for women and families in pregnancy-related circumstances.
Georgia currently has the highest maternal mortality rate in the nation and ranks a tragic 46th in infant mortality rate. Recognizing the great need to support life-affirming choices, improve pregnancy health and birth outcomes, for both mother and child in Georgia, APRC eagerly anticipates the arrival of The Morning Center. Both APRC and The Morning Center believe in utilizing a solid pro-life ecosystem to accomplish the pro-life goal of seeing babies born, mothers cared for, fathers engaged, and families restored. At APRC, we know how critical it is for our clients to be undergirded by reliable, comprehensive healthcare, especially after making a brave decision for life.The Morning Center provides this next level of care, removing yet another potential obstacle for on-the-fence men and women who are expecting. This is a natural progression for APRC and the next logical step in the long-term continuum of care during the “life-cycle” of the at-risk and pregnant woman served at APRC.
Founded in 2011, The Morning Center provides free full-service prenatal and maternity care to women in urban and under-served areas. As a project of Samaritan Ministries International, a tax-exempt charitable Christian organization, The Morning Center seeks to return free maternity care to a private, patient-centered model. The Morning Center exemplifies Christian Charity and the pilot program has been operating in Memphis, Tennessee for nearly 5 years. The Morning Center and APRC have plans to partner with local churches to provide high quality, charitable, Christ-honoring prenatal through postpartum healthcare on campuses throughout Metro Atlanta.
APRC provides emotional, physical, material, educational, and spiritual support to women and men in pregnancy-related situations. APRC will continue to provide free pregnancy tests, limited obstetrical ultrasounds, pregnancy options information, STD/STI information, community referrals, as well as our full suite of distinctive programs and services. APRC does not accept any government funds for any of its programs or services.
Our fundraising goal for an Evening of Hope was $250,000. We raised $97,149, which included the funds raised through the event raffle. Unfortunately, attendance at the gala was down significantly this year (by nearly 53%) and the amount raised is a byproduct of that.
As a valued and invested Ministry Partner of APRC, we wanted to make sure that you knew you still have the opportunity to give toward the goal established for An Evening of Hope in support of the ministry and mission of APRC.
If you were unable to attend the gala, please prayerfully consider partnering with us through a one-time gift or recurring donation, and join us as we celebrate God's provision for the new year.
If just 128 of you committed at the Rescue a Life level, giving $100 per month for 12 months, we would be able to reach our goal of $250,000. If you are led to give at a different level, or create your own level, you may read more here about all tax-deductible options.
We are so grateful for your support, and most importantly, for your prayers. Thank you for standing in the gap for life and giving hope to those we serve.
Thanks to Magda Przytulska and Jeff Reed for the beautiful photos. To view more photos, please view our album on Facebook.
If you attended An Evening of Hope, please complete our event survey! We strive to continually improve the gala to make it enjoyable to attend year after year, and value your feedback.
Saturday, October 1 is our next scheduled volunteer orientation. Read more here.