Ups and Downs of PRC Life
Thursday, 24 November 2016 22:59

Ups and Downs of PRC Life

Written by  Dana Stoesz
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I’m new here this year. It's not the first time I've been involved at a pregnancy care centre. So before I arrived, I already knew the nature of the work--often joyful and heart-wrenching all in one day. I also knew about the amazing people who work in these places. They are rich in compassion, depth, humour and life; though not usually rich in material things.

I’d like to give you a glimpse into the heart of this place and what makes it so amazing.

The first thing you notice when you start working here is how the staff and volunteers care for one another.

There are many moments of laughter, deep conversations, and praying together.

In fact, our wonderful director Anna makes sure that staff care takes priority. My first day, I thought I would just eat at my desk since I was busy with training. In any other workplace this would have been normal. However,  Anna explained that we make a point of eating together as staff. We take a break and talk, then pray together. Sometimes we study the Bible together. We build community.

In my six months at the centre, I’ve seen three interns come and go. Each one was sad to leave, and we also felt an empty place when they left because they had become family in their short time here.

Though we are a faith-based place, sometimes people come in to help out who are still sorting through their own beliefs.

We’ve had some neat moments talking about faith together and talking through some tough questions.

It’s a safe and genuine place to wrestle with these things.

Then there are the clients. There is the overwhelmed single mom who lost custody of her beloved child in a moment of anger. She is using our parenting education program to learn healthy discipline techniques. There’s the young woman who realized that a promiscuous lifestyle was hurting her and learned that we offer sexual integrity and relationship mentoring. We had an Asian client who thought she might be pregnant, and she left me longing to learn how to better connect with clients across cultures. There is the grief of walking a post-abortion journey with a woman who wishes she could take the lessons learned through the years back to her younger self and make a different choice.

We’ve had clients struggling with substance abuse who fear that carrying to term would result in an addicted baby and likely a loss of custody. Most clients are afraid to consider adoption, but I am trying to learn more about how to walk with clients who are looking at this option and to help them have some control of the process.

There are the many, many clients who open up their lives to us despite vast differences in worldview.

What an honour to be trusted by clients who are practicing Wicca, atheists, agnostics, and those who have experienced religion as something forceful or hurtful. It’s amazing to be a safe place for people of all beliefs and backgrounds.

This is real life. It’s about being authentic with each other and with our clients. It's about journeying with them toward making life-giving choices for themselves and their children.

Thank you, dear supporter, for making it possible for us to do what we do! Your gifts and prayers are what keep us going.

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