NEWSLETTER May 2020
Dear faithful donors,
We pray that this letter finds you and yours healthy and safe during this crisis. You have been in our prayers during this time, and we know we have been in yours. Thank you! We also beg blessings from our Lord for all mothers during this month of May; may they feel Jesus’ loving presence in their lives.
The Pandemic: Through God’s grace, Pathways was only closed for one week in the beginning of April as a safeguard because our staff had been in contact with people thought to have had COVID-19. We had asked some of you for prayers, and fortunately, everyone at Pathways is presently well. We reopened the following week and have been able to continue offering services to our clients while taking appropriate precautions amidst the pandemic. Parents can pick up supplies they desperately need in curb-side fashion, and clients have been able to obtain essential classes, counseling and mentoring over the phone or via the internet. During April and so far in May, Pathways has had over 42 client “visits,” including several women in crisis due to a pregnancy.
Client testimony: from just one of our clients who recently received help and a photo of her daughter:
“Pathways Pregnancy Care Center has helped me out in many, many ways. The ladies who are working at this facility are committed to helping their pregnant community members and first-time moms. Recently, the Corona virus caused my family and I some issues. The stores got hit hard and I was unable to find diapers in my daughter’s size or baby wipes. I reached out to my good friends from Pathways Pregnancy Care Center knowing they have a stock of that stuff, and they wasted absolutely no time bringing me a case of diapers and plenty of wipes and baby soaps and lotions. This is not the first time they have come out to help me out of a tight bind, and I am sure it won’t be the last. I am incredibly thankful for all of the ladies at Pathways, and so grateful, I started taking classes with them.”
Births: In our last letter, we had mentioned three of our clients who were expecting to deliver soon. We joyously announce the arrival of two girls and one baby boy. All are healthy and happy; praise be to God!
Good news: Many of you are probably wondering how Pathways has been able to stay afloat, considering we had to postpone our biggest fundraiser of the year, the Pathways Annual Banquet. Firstly, our 2nd Annual Celebrate Life! Concert at the Opera House back in February was a great success with outstanding performances. Thank you to all who participated. This event is so fun and enjoyable, we
feel it is going to grow bigger and better each year! Furthermore, the voters of Littleton passed Pathways’ Warrant Article 52 in March, so we now have $3200 to buy material assistance supplies for our clients. Finally, thanks to a volunteer accountant, Angel’s efficiency, and the kindness of two employees of Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank, Pathways was able to apply in time for the Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP). Providentially, we were granted a forgivable loan from the United States, which covers eight weeks of payroll for our two staff members, two months of rent, and one month of utilities. We praise Jesus for these tremendous blessings!
Plea for help: Despite all this good news, we have to face the reality that the PPP loan concludes on June 10, and we must now raise as much money as the banquet would have raised (about $10,000), in order to meet our budget without dipping into savings (money saved for restarting the Ultrasound Program). Regular donations coming into the center have also diminished. We at Pathways certainly understand that many of our donors are likely struggling to make their own ends meet during the current crisis, and we therefore understand if you need to reduce the amount you can give. For those of you who do have steady and secure incomes, we ask that you prayerfully consider pledging a Sustaining Donor Membership through quarterly or monthly E-giving. In this way, monies are securely transferred from your bank account or credit card directly to Pathways automatically on a regular basis.
To E-give:1) Visit our website, www.pathwayscarecenter.org
2) Click “Donate” at the top of the page, then “make a donation” in the pink oval
3) Select “General Giving” and “Continue”
4) Enter your Giver’s Information
5) In Account Information, under Frequency, select “Monthly” or “Quarterly”
Automatic E-giving truly does the MOST for the center, but we welcome any kind of assistance you can give. Regular donations function as the bread and butter income on which we can depend and use for planning the future. For example, we are exploring using a Christian educational program called BrightCourse to supplement the classes we already provide. This program offers 132 classes specifically geared for pregnancy center clients, including parenting children with special needs, infant CPR, recognizing signs of sexual abuse, labor/delivery/breastfeeding, shaken baby syndrome, practical fatherhood, life skills, anger management, and so much more!!!! Not only would this more than quadruple the number of classes available at Pathways, but clients, who for a myriad of reasons can’t or won’t come to the center, can take them online. A basic subscription to BrightCourse is $79 per month ($948 per year), an amount we would have to work into our budget. No gift to Pathways is too small!
Keep in mind: The Pathways Annual Banquet is NOT canceled! We hope to host a GRAND banquet later this summer in an OUTDOOR BBQ setting where we can gather together safely in spread-out style. We’ll keep you posted as to our plans.
Until then, may God bless you and keep you safe,
Angel Marshall and Pathways Board of Directors
Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14: 6