Carrying the Weight
Greetings from Grace Home
Life Skills Program Update
Part of our mission at Grace Home is spreading the word of our ministry and our message not just to people who need help but to people who can help. If you have specific skills or talents that can help us reach a wider audience, please consider joining our media team. We need newsletter writers, webpage designers, and social media gurus, just to name a few areas. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to volunteer your time and talent.
We all have baggage. We all have pasts and histories and decisions and mistakes that we carry around with us. It is not important what is in that baggage, because often those bags were packed earlier in our lives, when we were in different places, different situations, and different mindsets. What is important, however, is how we choose to carry it. The women of Grace Home have baggage, and it is often tattered from long, hard travels. But what they learn at Grace Home is how to use that baggage to motivate them forward to a better life for them and their babies. Instead of letting it weigh them down or shoving it in a closet where they hope to ignore it, the Grace Home women are encouraged to unpack their baggage, look at it, learn from it, gently repack it, and let God help them carry it on the rest of their journey, because it is not going away. They are learning how to rebuild their lives, their image, and their confidence, past decisions in tow, and it is no small task. Many of them will have to face this baggage time and time again in seemingly insurmountable situations. It is a lesson we can all learn, how to carry our baggage and when to ask for help in bearing the burden. We have all made decisions and mistakes in our lives that we would love to “do over,” that we regret or want to pretend it didn’t happen. We have hurt people through words and actions, silence and inaction. Those things have been done and we cannot undo them. But what we can do is learn from them and allow the consequences to help shape our perspective moving forward. This baggage is part of us; it may have brought us to the point in which we now stand, or it may have shaped who we now are. We can either struggle from the weight of it or get stronger from carrying it. . “But his answer was: “My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak.” I am most happy, then, to be proud of my weaknesses, in order to feel the protection of Christ's power over me. ” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Praises & Celebrations "”This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!” Psalm 118:24 ! Courtney 2 celebrated her Clean-aversary ! Welcomed new resident Medazia ! Enrolled 3 residents in online college classes ! Courtney 1 graduated with her high school equivalency degree
Prayers ! For new places and opportunities to share the ministry ! For fundraising support. Pray for monthly donors, ideas for more fundraisers, and a person to help lead fundraising events. ! That we trust the Lord to provide daily needs. Pray that we walk by faith and not by sight. (Corinthians 5:7) ! For our new resident, Medazia. ! For the board members. ! For Jeff and Julie Cockroft. Pray that they have God’s peace and wisdom for each decision as they currently fill many roles at Grace Home. ! May ALL we do bring glory to God.
"Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us." 1 John 5:14
Thank you, Volunteers! Your volunteering matters! Volunteers help fill the gaps that our paid staff cannot due to time or personnel constraints. Here’s just how much your time is worth at Grace Home:
January: 267 hours
February: 370+ hours
This allows us to invest more of our funding directly into our residents. Thank you for all the help--transportation, classes, baby rocking, newsletters, support, love and so much more! We couldn't do it without you! Volunteering: Grace Home is continually in need of volunteers. However, new volunteers must complete mandatory volunteer training, which is usually held monthly. For information on volunteering and the mandatory training, contact Julie Cockroft at Grace Home at (405) 397-7171 or email@example.com. We are especially in need of transportation help and volunteers. Our residents have various appointments, classes, and volunteer obligations to attend and our transportation resources are very limited. If you can help in any way, or know someone who can, please contact us! Facebook Volunteer Group: If you are already a trained volunteer, join our Facebook group, Grace Home Volunteers! We use the secure group to post volunteer needs, announce special events and activities, and provide general information about the home and its residents. Please send your Facebook user name to Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org for an invitation or search for “Grace Home Volunteers” and request to join.
Newsletter & Website The newsletter and / or website are easy ways to get involved with Grace Home on a tight schedule or if you are just getting started. Almost all help can be contributed remotely in just a few hours a month, whether from your home, office, evenings, or weekends. We need help with: ! Phone calls or in-person interviews (usually about 30 minutes) ! General word processing ! Generate content or ideas ! Writing or editing articles ! Taking pictures ! Newsletter formatting & design ! Microsoft Word or PowerPoint ! W e b s i t e i m p r o v e m e n t a n d maintenance (blogs, SEO, etc.) You do not have to have ANY experience in any of these areas to help, and any work can be done on your schedule, at your convenience. For more information, or if you are interested in volunteering, please contact Director Julie Cockroft at email@example.com.
Mommy & Me
With the recent sale of the former Grace Home property, we have temporarily relocated the Mommy & Me Store. Our long-term goal is a store-front maternity thrift store that can benefit women throughout the community. The store would provide an opportunity for the residents to work, learn business skills, gain professional experience, and shop for themselves, as well as another way to educate the community about the Grace Home ministry. If you are interested in helping us toward this goal, or if you have any information on potential locations or business contacts, let us know!
We need coupons!! We would like to start integrating couponing into our budget and financial management practices, but we need your help. Please consider donating Sunday coupon inserts or any coupons you do not need or use. We can also use any of your couponing expertise or experience! If you are a master couponer and know some tricks of the trade, please share your knowledge!
Diapers & Formula Due to the recent relocation of our Mommy & Me Store, our space to receive large or high volume donation items is extremely limited. However, please donâ€™t let that keep you from helping! We can always use diapers and formula, gift cards, and monetary donations. Items may be brought by the home or shipped to 540 N. MacArthur, Blanchard, OK, 73010. For information on donating, please contact Julie Cockroft at (405) 397-7171 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations may be sent directly to Grace Home, PO Box 385, Blanchard, OK, 73010, or securely online at gracehomeok.org/donate . Your donations allow us to help young mothers find, grow, and live in grace.
Life Transitions Program
We are beginning a new Life Transitions program for the Grace Home residents. The program will include multiple sessions over the course of several months that are designed to prepare the women for life after Grace Home. Session topics will include:
world and navigate challenges, such as job searches, parenting, and social situations, with confidence and selfrespect. We also hope to make this program a recurring one in which all current and future residents take part. What these women learn about themselves at Grace Home is lifechanging and powerful, but they need ! Personal care help translating their experience into ! Professional and business casual real-world success. attire ! Etiquette and manners We are looking for volunteers and ! Resumes and personal statements donors in a wide range of capacities, ! Interviewing skills from sponsors, products, and clothing to advice, expertise, and time. If you The residents of Grace Home have professional experience in any experience significant changes during of these areas, are interested in their stay. For many, their very outlook supporting any areas of this program on life, as well as their perception of in general, or would like to help with a themselves, changes dramatically. future fundraising event, please The goal of the Life Transitions c o n t a c t J u l i e C o c k r o f t a t program is to help these women learn email@example.com. to present their “new selves” to the
Renterâ€™s & Auto Insurance: Aaron Ruiz, Shelter Insurance
Banking, Loans, & Credit: Representatives from First National Bank & Trust in Chickasha
Haircuts & Basic Hair Care: Connie Blurton, Almost Heaven Salon & Day Spa
Basic Skincare & Professional Makeup: Regina Hatley, Mary Kay representative
Save the Date!
Save the date for a women-only evening celebrating the progress of the Grace Home residents. The event will be held April 28th at DC on Film Row, a fun, unique, and intimate venue in Oklahoma City. Light refreshments will be served and there will be a host of fun activities. The event will also highlight the new transition program we are starting at the home designed to prepare every resident with a “life toolbox.” We need people with a wide variety of skill sets and talents. Whether you would like to contribute in a certain area or are willing to help wherever you can, please contact Julie Cockroft at firstname.lastname@example.org. Every extra person and extra pair of hands count, so if you would like to help, but aren’t sure where, please contact us and we can direct you! This event will be light, fun, and fresh, and we need help! No experience is needed and anything is appreciated. Come be a part of the new way forward at Grace Home!
Volunteer Spotlight: Amber D’Amico “Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister…but pursue those things that lead to building up one another.” Romans 14:13 , 19 Pregnancy can be lonely for all types of women in all types of situations. Sometimes an unexpected connection can be the difference between a woman going through it alone or going through it with the emotional and spiritual support of others. Amber D’Amico wants to be one of those connections. She had her own experience with the loneliness of pregnancy as she and her husband struggled for six years with in vitro, trying to conceive. “I had a desire to be a mom,” Amber says. “So I wondered, ‘What does this mean?’ How was I going to be a mom?” The D’Amico’s turned to adoption, with which they had no experience. “We didn’t know what that looked like, or even what we were doing.” It turned out they didn’t have to wonder for long. In the early stages of the process—and in the early stages of prayer request from friends and family—Amber was contacted by her parents’ church in Frisco, Texas. The church had received an email from a couple whose 15-year-old granddaughter was pregnant. “We needed each other,” Amber says matter-of-factly. The D’Amico’s met Tiffany and she decided to place her baby with them via private adoption. On July 7, 2011, the couple adopted Roman. But Roman was not the only gift Amber received from the experience. Throughout the pregnancy, she and Tiffany developed a relationship, and the young woman told
Amber about a group she attended at her church called Embrace Grace. Embrace Grace is a worldwide 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization for pregnant women in an unplanned or crisis pregnancy. Local church groups become affiliated with the organization by following a curriculum-based program that serves as a support group for women who have no support, little to no idea of the significance of their situation, and may be experiencing many types of pressure regarding their pregnancy. This struck a chord with Amber. “How great that there was a group of women who could empathize with her,” Amber recalls, “because no one else knew what she was going through.” Amber soon became aware of just how significant the program had been in her journey to find Tiffany and Roman. She was approached by Amy, the founder of Embrace Grace, for permission to use her personal adoption story as a testimonial for the program. While Amber was reading the rough draft, she reached a part about Tiffany she had not known. Early in her pregnancy, Tiffany had visited an abortion clinic. While there, she saw the ultrasound of her baby and realized she could not go through with the procedure. She contacted her father and told him they needed to do figure something else out. That was when she was introduced to Embrace Grace at her grandparents’ church (Continued on page 14)
Volunteer Spotlight: Amber D’Amico (Continued from page 13) . Amber immediately knew that “God had planted a seed for me. I realized that we are great at saying we are pro-life, but we’re not great at supporting and showing support. God needed more people to step up and be willing to fill in that gap.” She applied as an affiliate of Embrace Grace and approached her local pastors for permission to run the group. “I just told them, ‘There is this group, and I want to start this at our church. I want to lead it,’” says Amber. After applying, the church purchased the Embrace Grace curriculum, which is based on a set of 20-30 minute long DVDs that include both a discussion and how to relate the curriculum to real life situations. The 24week program begins with sharing the Gospel and God’s vision of the young women. “It’s about building a secure foundation in Christ, knowing who you are in Christ,” Amber explains. “It’s showing them how God sees them.” When she learned about Grace Home, Amber was quick to connect with directors Jeff and Julie Cockroft. Helping young expectant mothers, Amber says, “We need all the resources we can get,” she says. “As soon as Grace Home opened we began forming a relationship.” The small group meets on Sunday evenings from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Newcastle. The group currently includes only the Grace Home residents, but welcomes anyone in the surrounding area. Participants are not required to be members of First Baptist Church and childcare is provided. Amber’s goal for the future of the program is to take the current members through the next phase, Embrace Life, which tackles head on
what life will be like for these single moms supporting themselves. Through Embrace Grace, Amber says, “we are honoring them for choosing life, to help and guide them and let them know that they aren’t alone. That what they’ve done is brave.” “We are being what a church should be,” she continues, “walking along side of them, not pointing fingers or shaming them.” Amber is passionate about helping women and their babies. In addition to leading the Embrace Grace group, she helps provide free ultrasounds three days a week at one of the five Hope Pregnancy Centers in Oklahoma, which is associated with the Baptist Home for Children, “hoping to reveal truth that God created life,” says Amber. “It is real and there is a heartbeat, even at a tiny age.” For more information on the Hope Pregnancy Centers and Embrace Grace program, please see insets on the next page.
Amber lives with her husband and two adopted sons in Newcastle
Hope Pregnancy Center pregnancy. There are five locations throughout the state that provide services ranging from pregnancy tests and ultrasounds to adoption and abortion recovery. They also offer Empowered Parenting and Fatherhood programs. Hope Pregnancy Centers are mostly staffed by volunteers trained to offer support for women and men of all ages. Their goal is to encourage, to affirm dignity and selfworth, and to suggest positive options for individual situations and needs, without judgment or cost. Through personal interaction and Biblically-based videos and brochures, Hope Pregnancy Centers supply men and women with the education they need to make better choices for their lives. The mission of Hope Pregnancy Centers is to help young men and women have hope and choose life in the midst of an unplanned
For more information on Hope Pregnancy Centers, please visit http://www.obhc.org/hope-pregnancy-centers
Embrace Grace Embrace Grace, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed for the purpose of providing emotional, practical and spiritual support for single, young women and their families who find themselves in an unintended pregnancy. The primary goal of Embrace Grace is to empower churches across the nation to be a safe and non-judging place for the girls to run to when they find out they are pregnant, instead of the last place they are welcomed because of shame and guilt. Embrace Grace provides curriculum and resources for the church to implement their programs and become a Pro-Love church. Whether they keep their baby or choose adoption, Embrace Grace is a support system for them as they begin their journey of being a young mother or blessing another family with their baby. Emotionally and spiritually healthy mommies parent emotionally and spiritually
healthy babies. Through the Embrace Grace programs, lives are saved and generations are being changed. For more information on the Embrace Grace program, including how to find or start a group, please visit http://www.embracegrace.com/
Relief House Parents Needed Are you called to the mission of Grace Home? We are currently looking for a mature Christian couple to serve as relief house parents. The mission is to minister to young women in need as they choose to continue their pregnancies and make life changes for a positive future for themselves and their babies. If you are interested in either position, please email email@example.com for further information.
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Published on Mar 2, 2018
Published on Mar 2, 2018
Latest news and information on Grace Home Maternity Home in Blanchard, Oklahoma. This month highlights the Embrace Grace program and special...