The Pregnancy Resource Center – A place of hope held its annual Spring Partnership Dinner on Thursday, April 28 at Christ Church of Sardinia. There were nearly 250 supporters, staff and volunteers in attendance. Harriett Jackson, a Brown County native and singer, was the event’s emcee. She welcomed the guests and introduced CRP Board Vice-Chairman David Sharp, who offered a blessing for the meal. David and Amanda Lessing from the Cincinnati area performed over dinner. A meal of beef brisket, green beans, garlic mashed potatoes, coleslaw, rolls and assorted pies was provided by The Home Place. After the meal, Director of Client Services and Volunteers, Lainey Staggs, paid tribute to the volunteers and the CRP Board of Directors. Ms. Staggs spoke of the appreciation she and the CRP staff have for the many supporters who over the years have made it possible for this organization to serve families with infants and toddlers. Julie Kuebler, abortion recovery consultant, spoke about the FREE to Heal program offered by the PRC for women dealing with the after-effects of an abortion. The acronym Free stands for Forgiveness, Recovery, Eternal Encouragement. Next, a representative from Students for Life, Jordan Moorman, spoke about his organization’s goals of involving young people in joining the cause of protecting the unborn child. Following him, Tamma Plymesser, Executive Director of the CRP, spoke briefly about the theme of the evening, “Cloud of Witnesses”. She shared that the path to the PRC was forged by those who came before, allowing current PRC staff to continue the work. She also shared how clients who successfully complete their parenting journey are witnesses to those who come after them. Their encouragement allows future parents to choose the path of parenthood.
The evening’s featured speaker, Joe Knopp, Director of Unplanned, I Can Only Imagine, Woodlawn and The Trump I Know was introduced and delivered an inspirational message. He talked about the fact that everyone has a story, whether they recognize it or not. He talked about the importance of helping each other tell our stories. The Pregnancy Resource Center – A Place of Hope and other similar organizations are important in helping women and families in the midst of an unexpected pregnancy to recognize the importance of their own story and the story of their baby.
After Mr Knopp’s speech, the Chairman of the Pregnancy Resource Board addressed the group. He expressed his gratitude for the financial support given over the years, which enables CRP to provide services to expectant mothers and families with infants and toddlers here in Brown County. At that time, those present had the opportunity to support the Center financially.
Next, a blanket made and donated by Cindy Collins, owner of Cincinnati-based Little Lamb and Ewe Woolens, was auctioned off, with proceeds going to the PRC. Two quilts made and donated by members of the Mt. Nebo Methodist Church were also auctioned off, along with a DVD of the film, Unplanned, which was signed by producer Joe Knobb. Also during the evening, Knights of Columbus Ripley Council #2374 presented a check to the CRP Director to be used to provide services to clients. Overall, through donations and auction proceeds, the CRP has received over $25,000 which will be used to fund the services offered. Some of the dinner expenses were covered by The Home Place, Paul Hall & Associates Insurance, Plymesser Construction and Nancy Mays Photography. The evening ended with closing remarks and a prayer from Pastor Mike Starkey of Mount Nebo United Methodist Church.
The PRC is a Christian, non-profit, life-affirming organization whose desire is to inspire hope in women experiencing unwanted pregnancy, by empowering all to choose life for their child. . They are committed to helping women and their families by providing accurate information, emotional support and practical assistance. Families, both single-parent and two-parent, have the opportunity not only to earn material goods for their children, but also to improve their parenting skills. Items such as cribs, car seats, clothing, diapers, formula, and wipes can be earned by customers by attending parenting classes. Free and confidential pregnancy tests are also offered. Individuals in need of CRP services are encouraged to make an appointment by calling 937-378-6853. A Place of Hope is located at 852 Mt. Orab Pike in Georgetown, Ohio. Their hours of operation are Mondays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Community members interested in learning how they can support CRP are welcome to stop by during normal business hours.