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Metro News Volume 20 Issue 1 April 2012 Metro News is a semi-annual publication of

Metro News

Volume 20 Issue 1 April 2012 Metro News is a semi-annual publication of Metro Women's
Volume 20 Issue 1
April 2012
Metro News is a semi-annual publication of Metro Women's Center, a 501(c)3 organization. This publication is provided free of charge.

Amazing Grace Home now a reality!

Over the years, MWC has encountered increasing numbers of pregnant women who face homelessness while pregnant. MWC has been able to house some women in shepherding homes (private families that open their homes free of charge) or in local shelters, but many women still end up going from “couch to couch” with- out permanent housing, often placing themselves and their unborn children at risk.

While MWC is one of 3,500 pregnancy resource centers in the United States, rough estimates only show 400 residential homes that spe- cialize in meeting the needs of pregnant women. In Minnesota there is only one actual “maternity” home, and it is located 50 miles from the Twin Cities.

In 2002, as an extension of its care for pregnant women in the area of housing, MWC began a capital campaign to establish the Amazing Grace Home (AGH) a Christian- based maternity home.

By October 1, 2011, MWC had raised $267,000 to establish the home, raised from one gift of $50,000 and 15 gifts from one to ten thousand dollars.

The balance of funds were provided by more than 150 individuals and businesses who gave under $1,000 each.

No government funding has been provided for the project. Rather, the funds were provided by supporters who saw the need, took action, and invested their personal resources in the project.

In early 2010, MWC began actively seeking a property for the AGH and engaged a realtor to help in the search. By November 2011, a home located in Fridley, Minnesota was identified and purchased for $158,000. This 4 bedroom home will be operational by mid-summer 2012.

Minimal updating and minor repairs are now in process in preparation for occupancy by live-in resident managers and up to four pregnant women. These women will enter the home in the first or early second trimester of their pregnancies and stay through the delivery of their babies.

AGH’s program is designed to build on the strengths of the residents, with each woman playing an active role in her own success. The AGH is not just a “shelter.” While living at AGH, the women will be working on all areas of their lives: physical, finan- cial, emotional, and spiritual.

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finan- cial, emotional, and spiritual. (Continued on page 3) Inside this issue: Director’s Corner 2 Brists

Inside this issue:

Director’s Corner

2

Brists sponsor client aid fund

2

In their own words

3

Births to unwed women Gifts in memory & honor

4

5

Prayer & Praise

5

3rd Annual Amazing Grace Walk

5

Board of Directors

Dave Sebald, President

Jennifer Moreau, Vice-President

Lindsay Tuttle, Secretary

Diane Eliason, Treasurer

Jon Baxter

Clare Erickson

Pastor Floyd Lunde

Laura Martin

Pastor Chuck Raichert

Pastor Jeremy Stephens

Center Staff Colleen Tronson, Director

Tupee Garsinii, Administrative Assistant

Printed courtesy of Nystrom Publishing

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Director’s Corner by Colleen Tronson Colleen@MetroWomensCenter.org
Director’s Corner
by Colleen Tronson
Colleen@MetroWomensCenter.org

We must be doing something right in Minnesota because the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) recently published a report attempting to discredit the good work of Minnesota’s Pregnancy Care Centers (PRCs).

The NARAL report complains that PRCs promote the “myth” that women experience post- abortion syndrome (PAS). They say PAS is not a valid problem because “experts” have not listed it in the Diagnostics and Statis- tics Manual (DSM). One pro- choice website states:

“The most reliable indicator of whether a woman will experience feelings of distress after an abortion is her emotional stability before the abortion.”

Are you kidding me? Are they really saying that if a woman is emotionally stable before she has an abortion that she will be able to properly handle her baby’s death, but any distress she experiences is due to her

previous emotional instability? The women I see in my office for post-abortion help, weeping with regret, are not emotionally unstable; they are grieving, and their distress is not a myth.

I don’t need a DSM listing to validate her pain or to help me figure out how to help her; I need my BIBLE! Just as David could get no relief from his sin until he repented (Psalm 51), post-abortive women (and men) can find the same relief through God today.

The NARAL report also com-

plains that PRCs provide inaccu- rate medical information about fetal development and the risks

delay or

of abortion in order to

mislead women who are seeking abortions. At MWC information on fetal development and abor- tion methods is shared through the state-approved booklet “If You Are Pregnant.” This book- let depicts the stages of fetal

growth and explains current abortion methods and the associ- ated risks. This information has prompted many women to chose life. In fact, one of those mothers gave

birth this spring.

life. In fact, one of those mothers gave birth this spring. PRCs are a huge threat

PRCs are a huge threat to the business of abortion in Minnesota and around the country. In 2008, Nancy Gibbs of Time magazine cited the “evidence that the quiet campaign for women’s hearts and minds conducted in thousands of crisis pregnancy centers around the country, on billboards, through phone banks and websites, is having an effect” in reducing abortion rates, which are down by one third from the U.S. high.

By steadily providing FREE help to families, PRCs cost the abortion industry money which is the real reason for their angst. Seems to me that that if NARAL really cared about women, they would welcome our help.

Brist Chiropractic raises funds for LIFE

Thank you to Dr. Jeff Brist and the staff of Brist Chiropractic & Naturopathic Wellness Center for raising $680 for the Acacia Fund, MWC’s client assistance fund. Each year Dr. Brist hosts a

day of free services at his clinic for individuals in ex-

change for their monetary donation to the fund.

The Acacia Fund has been used to meet the financial needs of clients, up to $250, for car seats, bus

passes, utilities, gasoline; and for life-affirming ultrasounds

In one case, a client’s car needed to be repaired so that she could get to work safely, and the Acacia Fund met her need. An- other woman was considering

Acacia Fund met her need. An- other woman was considering abortion due to her financial situation.

abortion due to her financial situation. Help in the form of gas and grocer- ies caused her to slow down and to rethink her choice.

MWC is blessed to have the Acacia Fund to draw from in order to help meet our clients’ physical needs. If you are inter- ested in contributing to this fund in the future, please mark your contribution, “Acacia Fund” and mail it to MWC’s Crystal office.

If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, Depart in peace, be warmed and filled, but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? James 2:15-16

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In their own words MWC client comments

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. Proverbs 25:6

MWC clients complete an exit interview after visiting the Center. Here are some of their comments regarding the services they received from the staff and volunteers:

the services they received from the staff and volunteers: Baby items I received by earning points

Baby items I received by earning points were very helpful.

They were honest with me, and even when we disagreed, she was polite.Baby items I received by earning points were very helpful. Did not feel pressure to disclose

honest with me, and even when we disagreed, she was polite. Did not feel pressure to

Did not feel pressure to disclose certain information if I was not comfortable.

to disclose certain information if I was not comfortable. Felt able to talk freely, and I

Felt able to talk freely, and I was not rushed through the process.

to talk freely, and I was not rushed through the process. Learned about taking care of

Learned about taking care of my unborn baby from the videos I watched.

taking care of my unborn baby from the videos I watched. Nancy gave me advice from

Nancy gave me advice from the Bible; it definitely made me think.

Now I don’t feel that I’m alone in this crazy world and that there is hope. crazy world and that there is hope.

I’m alone in this crazy world and that there is hope. Office was orderly, and very

Office was orderly, and very discreet; liked doing my own pregnancy test.

and very discreet; liked doing my own pregnancy test. Really liked it when my advisor offered

Really liked it when my advisor offered to pray with me.

Really liked it when my advisor offered to pray with me. So relaxed and peaceful here;

So relaxed and peaceful here; it took the nervousness out of the experience.

here; it took the nervousness out of the experience. Learned what God wants from me as

Learned what God wants from me as His child; I plan to live for Him.

what God wants from me as His child; I plan to live for Him. There should

There should be more places like this; I felt the peace of God in the Center.

places like this; I felt the peace of God in the Center. Amazing Grace Home (Continued
places like this; I felt the peace of God in the Center. Amazing Grace Home (Continued
places like this; I felt the peace of God in the Center. Amazing Grace Home (Continued

Amazing Grace Home (Continued from page 1)

Components of the program will include life skills train- ing, spiritual discipleship, and opportunities for the women to work on decision- making options regarding parenting or adoption planning for their babies.

AGH’s case manager will meet with residents weekly to establish goals and to assist them with accessing resources, such as medical care, educational programs, and employment. Together, they will explore plans for the future, not just for the present, in order to help set each woman up for success whether she parents or makes an adoption plan.

While residing at AGH, no cash assistance or state food support will be necessary as basic needs (food and shel- ter) will be provided by the home. Medical assistance and WIC support may be obtained as needed.

Residents will be expected

to be employed and/or

attending some type of school unless medically pro- hibited. If a resident has not

completed her high school education, she will work towards a GED or high school diploma.

A healthy lifestyle will be

modeled for the residents by the staff. AGH residents will participate in planning

meals, will maintain their own living space, and have weekly tasks assigned to help keep the home in good order. No use of alcohol, street drugs, abuse of prescription drugs, or smok- ing of any kind, will be permitted in or around the home. Biblical principles will be used as a guide for helping the residents grow and change, and weekly church attendance will be a residency requirement.

Each pregnant woman’s application will be consid- ered on its own merit and reviewed by an application team as to the appropriate- ness of the placement.

team as to the appropriate- ness of the placement. April 2012 Take note Constant Contact To

April 2012

Take note

Constant Contact

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United Way reminder

Consider MWC during your corporation’s United Way campaign. You can choose to donate to any qualifying agency. Metro Women’s Center is not endorsed, supported by, nor in any way related to Greater Twin Cities United Way. If you wish to use the “Donor Designated Option”, write in Metro Women’s Center, 6418 Bass Lake Road, Crystal, MN 55428.

You can watch a “walking tour” of the new home, taken the day of the closing, at:

As this project moves ahead, your prayers are needed for the ongoing refurbishing projects to be completed safely, for the staff and women who will eventually live in the home, for ongoing financial support (approx. $75,000 year) to operate the home each year.

If you would like to help with any aspect of the home, please call the office at 763-533-8642. or e mail

amazinggracehome

@metrowomenscenter.org

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For Women Under 30, Most Births Occur Outside Marriage

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver

Information from an article published in the New York Times, February 18, 2012, Page A1 by Jason DeParle and Sabrina Tavennise

It used to be called illegitimacy. Now it is the new normal. After steadily rising for five decades, the share of children born to unmarried women has crossed a threshold: more than half of births to American women under age 30 occur outside of a marriage.

Once, largely limited to poor women and minorities, mother- hood without marriage has settled deeply into middle America. The fastest growth in the last two decades has occurred among white women in their 20s who have some college education but no four- year degree, according to Child Trends, a research group that analyzed government data.

Among mothers of all ages, a majority 59 percent in 2009 are married when they have children. But the surge of births outside marriage among younger women nearly two- thirds of children in the United States are born to mothers under 30 is both a symbol of the transforming family and a hint of generational change.

One group still largely resists the trend: college graduates, who overwhelmingly marry before having children. That is turning family structure into a new class divide, with the economic and social rewards of marriage increasingly reserved for those most educated.

“Marriage has become a luxury good,” said Frank Furstenberg,

a sociologist at the University of Pennsylvania.

The shift is affecting children’s lives. Researchers have consis- tently found that children born outside marriage face elevated risks of falling into poverty, failing in school or suffering emotional/behavioral problems. The forces rearranging the family are as diverse as global- ization and the pill. Liberal analysts argue that shrinking paychecks have thinned the ranks of marriageable men, while conservatives often say that the sexual revolution reduced the incentive to wed and that safety net programs discourage marriage.

By the mid-1990s, a third of Americans were born outside marriage. Congress, largely blaming welfare, imposed tough restrictions. Now the figure is 41 percent and 53 percent for children born to women under 30, according to Child Trends, which analyzed 2009 data from the National Center for Health Statistics.

The publication last month of “Coming Apart,” a book by Charles Murray, a longtime critic of non-marital births has sparked new interest in this issue. 73% of black children are born outside marriage, compared with 53 percent of Latinos and 29 percent of whites. And educational differ- ences are growing. About 92 percent of college-educated women are married when they

give birth, compared with 62 percent of women with some post-secondary schooling and 43 percent of women with a high school diploma or less, according to Child Trends.

Almost all of the rise in non- marital births has occurred among couples living together. While in some countries such relationships endure at rates that resemble marriages, in the United States they are more than twice as likely to dissolve than marriages.

In a summary of research from the University of Michigan, it was reported that two-thirds of couples living together split up before their child turned 10.

Explanations for marital decline often start with home econom- ics: men are worth less than they used to be. Among men with some college but no degrees, earnings have fallen 8 percent in the past 30 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while the earnings of their female coun- terparts have risen by 8 percent.

Fifty years ago, researchers have found, as many as a third of American marriages were precipitated by a pregnancy, with couples marrying to main- tain respectability.

W. Bradford Wilcox, University of Virginia, said other government policies, like no-fault divorce, signaled that “marriage is not as fundamental to society” as it once was.

government policies, like no-fault divorce, signaled that “marriage is not as fundamental to society” as it

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Gifts in memory & honor, praises & prayer requests

In Memory of:

Bill Garber by Sheldon & Arliss Miller by Jenny Eldredge by Phyllis Ellefson by Anonymous Donors

Verna Gruber by Betty Seymour

Irene Peterson by Donna Smith

Robert F. Reed by Beth Bastian

Hannah Rose Simpson by Andy Simpson

Reed by Beth Bastian Hannah Rose Simpson by Andy Simpson MWC praises God for: new volunteers

MWC praises God for:

Hannah Rose Simpson by Andy Simpson MWC praises God for: new volunteers coming to help at

new volunteers coming to help at the office.

parents who choose life over abortion for their children.God for: new volunteers coming to help at the office. opportunities to share Christ with clients.

parents who choose life over abortion for their children. opportunities to share Christ with clients. gifts

opportunities to share Christ with clients.

their children. opportunities to share Christ with clients. gifts of diapers, car seats, and baby items

gifts of diapers, car seats, and baby items for clients.

gifts of diapers, car seats, and baby items for clients. financial provision for the Center and

financial provision for the Center and Amazing Grace Home project.

provision for the Center and Amazing Grace Home project. final purchase of a property for the

final purchase of a property for the Amazing Grace Home.

final purchase of a property for the Amazing Grace Home. donations for AGH of gift baskets,

donations for AGH of gift baskets, a van for transporting clients and a central air- conditioning system.

MWC asks prayer for:

and a central air- conditioning system. MWC asks prayer for: women to chose life over abortion

women to chose life over abortion for their children.

parents who are trying to make decisions regarding parenting or adoption for their unborn children.for: women to chose life over abortion for their children. fathers of babies to step for-

regarding parenting or adoption for their unborn children. fathers of babies to step for- ward to

fathers of babies to step for- ward to protect the lives of their children from abortion.

ward to protect the lives of their children from abortion. individuals who are suffer- ing in

individuals who are suffer- ing in the aftermath of the abortion choice.

who are suffer- ing in the aftermath of the abortion choice. spiritual refreshment from the Word

spiritual refreshment from the Word of God for staff and clients.

refreshment from the Word of God for staff and clients. discernment as Resident Managers for the

discernment as Resident Managers for the Amazing Grace Home are chosen.

Pennies pile up! Since the beginning of the “Change for Life” baby bottle campaign in

Pennies pile up!

Since the beginning of the “Change for Life” baby bottle campaign in 2004, over $6,400 has been provided for the Amazing Grace Home. These funds have been used to estab- lish the home and future funds will be used for ongoing oper- ating expenses. To become a “Change for Life” partner, call

763-533-8642.

Please Save the Date

Life” partner, call 763-533-8642. Please Save the Date 3rd Annual Amazing Grace Walk/Bike Sat urday, May

3rd Annual Amazing Grace Walk/Bike

Sat urday, May 12, 2012

9

a.m . t o Noon

Clif t on E. French Park, 12615 Count y Road 9, Plym out h,

Join us for a one-mile walk/bike suitable for the whole family! Everyone is welcome whether you raise funds or not!

FREE face-painting, snacks, and balloon animals created by Baloo & Mz Tootsie, the clowns.

All ages will enjoy the music of the Sauerkraut String Band.

Plan to stock up on spring plants, vegetable seedlings, & flowers at the “Little Sprouts” table!

Register and raise funds online at:

www.firstgiving.com/metrowomenscenter Download paper copy of registration form at:

Download paper copy of registration form at:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/82487005/AGWB-Brochure-Sample-2012-PDF

For more information or to volunteer at the event:

email walk@metrowomenscenter.org or call Jon at 612-702-7626.

Proceeds from this event will provide for the ongoing operating expenses of the Amazing Grace Home.

3rd Annual Amazing Grace Walk Info Inside!

3rd Annual Amazing Grace Walk Info Inside! 6418 Bass Lake Road Crystal, MN 55428   Please

6418 Bass Lake Road Crystal, MN 55428

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The purpose of the Metro Women’s Center is to educate the community about pregnancy alternatives so that informed decisions concerning the outcome of a pregnancy can be made. The Center places value on human life from conception forward and seeks to offer a compassionate Christian response to the needs of those confronted with unplanned pregnancies. In presenting the love of Christ through its ministry, the Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, financial or marital status. The Center’s services are free of charge.