BY CANDACE RINER –
Fresh Start Pregnancy Resource Center held their First Annual Fundraising Banquet on Thursday, November 5, at the Ouachita Center. Over 200 people were in attendance for an evening of encouragement and fellowship. Fresh Start raised over $5,000 in pledges and one-time contributions to help further the outreach of the ministry. The purpose of the banquet was to make the community more aware of the ministry and to share with others. Fresh Start was pleased with the turnout on such a stormy evening and a great reception from the community.
Those in attendance learned more about the ministry of Fresh Start to women and men in Polk County and caught the vision from their Founder, Jeanne Jordan. A former client gave her testimony about how the ministry of Fresh Start helped her at a very critical time in her life and throughout her pregnancy.
Pregnancy Center Director, Elizabeth Beasley gave a ministry report of the great things that have happened and how God has blessed the ministry and those who have been served this past year. Guest speaker Ashley Rainey Escue delivered an uplifting message of life, sharing she and her husband’s journey with adoption, fostering, and parenting their children and others they have received into their home and hearts.
The ministry extends their appreciation to all who attended and gave generously and to those who gave so much time and service to make the event possible, and to Jason Goodner for catering the meal.
Fresh Start is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. They are 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. Fresh Start’s Board of Directors are: Chair, Chris Daniel; Vice Chair, Pam Gross; Secretary, Susan Rowell; Treasurer, Ronda Lambert; Events Chair, Candace Riner; and Administrative Assistant, Debra Lambrecht.
For more information about Fresh Start and how to partner with them, visit their website at www.freshstartprc.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/freshstartprc to keep up with other special events they are planning as well as other news and updates.