BY MELANIE WADE –
New Executive Director for Fresh Start Pregnancy Resource Center, Millie Ratzloff, has released their annual Baby Bottle Boomerang Fundraiser totals. After an extensive search to find someone to lead the center that provides aid to dozens of expectant parents, Ratzloff was chosen, and Debra Lambrecht will continue as Administrative Assistant.
“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,” said Ratzloff in a statement released by Fresh Start. Their services include: free pregnancy tests; Earn While You Learn Program; First Time Mom; Life Skills; Option Counseling; Abstinence Education; Post Abortion Counseling; Family Support Mentoring; Mentoring Moms and Dads, Referrals to Healthcare Facilities, Maternity Homes, and other community resources; and educational information on fetal development.
Too ensure funding for their programs, Fresh Start hosts annual fundraisers. With the help of over several churches in Polk County, the Fresh Start Pregnancy Resource Center was able to raise $12,691.85 with their 2017 Baby Bottle Boomerang Fundraiser, just under their 2016 collections of $12,733.28. The non-profit group expressed their sincere gratitude for everyone who returned empty baby bottles filled with coins, bills, and checks that will enable the center to purchase updated curriculum and meet other ministry needs.
Churches and organizations are encouraged to return their baby bottles, empty or full, so they can recycle the bottles. When they get the bottles back, it keeps the organization from having to purchase more.
Churches participating this year included: Bethel Baptist Church; Caddo Gap Baptist Church; Calvary Baptist Church; Cherry Hill Baptist; Cherry Hill Methodist Church; Concord Baptist Church; Dallas Avenue Baptist Church; First Assembly of God, Mena; First Baptist Church, Cove; First Baptist Church, Grannis; First Baptist Church, Hatfield; First Baptist Church, Mena; First Baptist Church, Vandervoort; First Christian Church; Grace Bible Church; HEDGE Homeschool Group; Home Churches; Lioness Club; Mena Church of God; Mena Church of the Nazarene; Mena First Methodist; Penuel Assembly of God; St. Agnes Catholic Church; The Crossing; Trinity Lutheran; Quality of Life Group.
Another annual fundraiser, the Life is Beautiful Banquet is coming up in November. Look for more information in an upcoming article of the Polk County Pulse.
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 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.