by Executive Director Lyndi Zembrodt
Together with your support and the diligent work of the Care Net staff I am pleased to announce that 132 women who had an ultrasound at Care Net in 2020 chose life for their unborn babies!
2020 was a challenging year for our mission in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Care Net has overcome the challenges and continues to offer life-affirming services as well as same day ultrasound appointments to the most vulnerable to abortion during this difficult time. We also launched online programs and virtual mentoring in the midst of the shelter-at-home order and continue to serve young men and women who desire to develop great parenting skills from the safety of their homes. Care Net was able to provide services to 459 individuals, including 2,275 educational lessons. Our materials distribution to those in need nearly doubled compared to 2019.
1,043 babies have been given life by Care Net clients since the inception of Nicholas’s Ultrasound Room in 2006. This “window on the womb” is a powerful confirmation of the beginning of human life and a significant tool for presenting life options to our clients.
While we face fundraising challenges again in 2021, we plan to expand our life-affirming services by increasing access to same day ultrasound appointments. Same day ultrasound appointments have proven to be one of our most important tools when advocating for life, increasing the number of women who choose life to more than 90%. The Care Net board of directors, staff and volunteers are committed to saving more lives in 2021.
If our supporters respond this year as they did last year, we know we will succeed in that mission.
Our fundraising strategies for this year include:
- Hosting our annual banquet Thursday, September 23, with limited seating and social distancing.
- Beginning March 22, we will again launch our Help a Heart from Home campaign. To inspire others to give, a generous donor has offered to match donations up to $37,500 if made by May 5.
- Expanding our Champions for Life Society.
Capital Campaign News
Care Net’s five-year Changing, Saving, and Healing Lives capital campaign is on track, and we are happy to report we will retire the debt on our Cold Spring center in March! That will complete two of the campaign’s three objectives. The last is to offer STI/STD medical services.