July 1, 2015
A Letter to Our Supporters:
Thank you for your continued support of Pregnancy Care. By your generous donations, we have been able to serve a countless number of families in the Summit and Portage County areas, fostering our goal to raise happy and healthy children in a caring and loving family environment. None of this would have been possible without your support!
This is why we are so happy to share with you the latest news at Pregnancy Care. Our organization began in 1971 with the vision of helping mothers in crisis. Through the years our mission has steadily grown to become one of the foremost community-based advocacy centers to educate our mothers, fathers and families about raising a happy, healthy child. In keeping with our mission and taking our organization into the 21st century, as of July 1st, our organization will now be known as “First Steps: Parenting Advocacy Center.” The name change more accurately reflects the mission of the agency in assisting families, not just mothers in crisis.
Many of you have come to know and appreciate Jennifer Shartle in her role as the former Executive Director. We are pleased to announce that Jennifer will now be hands-on in selecting and advising the retention of a new staff within the next few months. In addition, Jennifer’s childcare facility; Little Steps Big Dreams Academy, Ltd. will be an additional site for training and teaching parenting classes during the evening hours. The families without childcare will be able to bring their children to Little Steps Big Dreams Academy, Ltd. and have their children supervised by licensed child care staff members while they attend prenatal, parenting and life skills classes in the same building. Child Care has always been a concern to the families served at Pregnancy Care and we are looking forward to being able to bridge that gap of services and increase the number of families that we can help.
Our center at 195 E. Tallmadge Ave. will be used to continue to serve the needs of the community through one on one advocacy and parent education as well as house the operations of our food pantry, crisis center and the day to day operations of our organization. As with any organization undergoing growth and change, there are a few growing pains. Unfortunately, this growth necessitated a change in the current employed staff positions. Rest assured the Board of Directors is doing everything to minimize the disruption of services to the community, we will continue to provide all of our crisis services and we will be updating you periodically and look forward to our additional community outreach through our child care collaboration. First Steps: Parenting Advocacy Center is here to better serve the families and children of Summit, Portage and surrounding counties.
We thank you for your continued support and please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. We are very excited for the new direction and looking forward to these positive additions!
Stephanie York, President