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Fresh Start to Hold Their First Annual Fundraiser Banquet: ‘Come Grow with Us’

Fresh Start will hold their First Annual Fundraising Banquet “Come Grow with Us” on Thursday, November 5, at 6:30 PM. Their special guest is Ashley Rainey Escue, daughter of Dennis and Barbara Rainey, President, CEO and cofounder of FamilyLife, a division of Campus Crusade for Christ. Ashley is the mother of seven sons (biological and adopted) and a foster mom to 20+ in the last 4 1/2 years. She loves being a mom and has been thrilled to discover that through foster care she can have a ministry to others while staying at home. She has been the co-host with Bob Lepine of FamilyLife This Week for 6 years. She is also the author, along with her mother Barbara Rainey, of A Mother’s Legacy. Ashley is also a regularly featured vlogger at MomLife Today. She and her husband, Michael, have helped launch The CALL in Pope County and have helped see the number of foster and adoptive homes in their county more than double in the two years since the launch. She and Michael are the Church Recruiters for The CALL in Pope County and enjoying bringing the message of helping children to churches in their area. Ashley loves studying and teaching bible study as well as speaking at various outlets on fostering, mothering boys, in-law relationships, and panel discussions. Ashley has been married for 18 years, has been a mother for 16 years, and an adoptive mom for one year.

Churches, organizations, businesses and individuals may contact the center to reserve a seat or table for the banquet. Tickets are also available at all Bear State Bank locations, Pulse Multi-Media, and participating churches. Tickets are $25 each or a table for $200. The banquet will be held in the new Ouachita Center on the campus of Rich Mountain Community College.

Fresh Start is committed to providing compassionate mentoring, practical help and accurate information to women and men facing unplanned pregnancies or past abortions; openly sharing the love, hope, and truth of Jesus Christ. Their services include: Pregnancy tests; educational information on fetal development; information regarding options, risks, and consequences of abortion; referrals to healthcare facilities, maternity homes, and other community resources; family support mentoring; post-abortion healing; First Time Mom Program; Earn While You Learn Program and Life Skills.

Fresh Start is located in the rock house at 1308 Hwy. 71 N, in Mena, next door to Miner’s A & B Tire and across from Sun Country Inn. They can be contacted at 479-394-1186. For more information about Fresh Start and how to partner with them, visit their website at and on Facebook at to keep up with other special events they are planning as well as other news and updates.


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