2018 Council for Life Beneficiaries
Since its beginning, Council for Life has been committed to raising significant funds for non-profit agencies that share our mission of honoring the sanctity of life. To date, Council for Life has given more than $7 million to 48 local agencies. The 2018 beneficiaries have been carefully selected. Each of these beneficiaries is committed to serving daily in implementing our mission of empowering women, men and youth to make life-affirming choices and to raising public awareness of the complex issues that surround unplanned pregnancies. CFL is grateful for the faith-based, compassionate services that these agencies provide and for their passionate commitment to the sanctity of life.
2018 CELEBRATING LIFE LUNCHEON BENEFICIARIES
Aim for Success / aimforsuccess.org
Founded in 1993 by Marilyn Morris, Dallas based Aim for Success is a youth health education organization whose mission is helping young people make healthy choices that will give them freedom to reach their dreams and goals. Aim for Success promotes a lifestyle of excellence by encouraging the development of self- control, self-respect and self-discipline. Today, over 2.5 million teens, parents and educators across America have participated in an Aim for Success presentation. Funds will be used to implement their newest program, Laying a Foundation for Life, providing life-affirming health and sexual risk avoidance education programs to fifth and seventh graders and their parents in DFW area schools. As part of this new program, Next Up, their new adolescent program, teaches the fundamentals of puberty and sexuality to fifth graders, and Aim for Success, their foundational program promotes abstinence until marriage for seventh graders. Aim for Success will offer matching funds to local schools to provide these programs.
Birth Choice of Dallas / birthchoicedallas.org
The mission of Birth Choice of Dallas is to save babies from abortion and build up stronger families. Among their free and confidential services provided are pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, STD testing, options counseling, prenatal, parenting, life skills and fatherhood classes, post-abortion recovery, community referrals and material assistance. The goal of Birth Choice is to expand their vision for more encompassing ways to address the needs in our community regarding issues of life, family, health and faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They are strategically located in the same business complex as Southwestern Women’s Surgical Center which provides abortions through 21 weeks gestation. Funds will be used for the one-year salary of a part-time Sonographer to continue to meet the critical need for ultrasound services due to Birth Choice's increased demand for ultrasound services and expansion of their clinic hours.
Catholic Pro-Life Committee of North Texas / prolifedallas.org
The mission of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee of North Texas, the Respect Life Ministry of the Diocese of Dallas, is to educate, unite and mobilize Catholics and all people of good will in North Texas and beyond to end abortion and restore respect and legal protection for every human life. Founded by Bishop Charles Grahmann in 1993, CPLC has been called the largest and most effective diocesan pro-life organization in the world and a model for the nation. The CPLC Convert-to-Life ministry stands on the front line providing emergency, life-saving support by counseling outside abortion facilities and providing student education and engagement opportunities. Funds will be used to expand Convert-to-Life's (i) sidewalk counseling efforts with counselors to cover the three Dallas abortion facilities, literature and signage to direct the abortion-vulnerable to life-affirming alternatives, and training materials and networking events to expand volunteer support and (ii) student outreach efforts to educate and engage college students through on campus exhibits and a summer internship program.
Heroic Media / heroicmedia.org
Founded in 2004 in Austin, Heroic Media’s mission is to help save lives from abortion. Heroic Media reaches women facing unplanned pregnancies through advertising and connects them with life-affirming organizations that can help them choose life for their unborn children. The two programs that Heroic Media uses are Google pay-per-click advertising that puts abortion-minded women in contact with Pregnancy Help Centers and internet video education that raises awareness about Pregnancy Help Centers as a resource to help with unexpected pregnancies. Funds will be used for a 12-month Adoption Option Education & Awareness Internet Video Program to air on YouTube and Facebook focused on women in the Dallas area between the ages of 18 and 29 years old.
Hope Women’s Center / myhope.org
The mission of Hope Women’s Center is to affirm the life of the preborn child by providing medical and educational services to teens and women in unplanned pregnancies, and those who significantly influence them, by encouraging Christ-centered, life-affirming decisions and healthy lifestyles. Founded in 2006 in McKinney, their complimentary and confidential services include pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, STD/STI testing and treatment, options counseling, post-abortive support and community referrals. Funds will be used (i) to expand the STI testing services provided to abortion-minded/at-risk women and (ii) for the one-year salary of a part-time Student Relations Manager to meet growing community demand for customized presentations that engage and influence middle school, high school and college students across Collin County regarding sexual health decisions and pregnancy.
Just Say YES – Youth Equipped to Succeed / justsayyes.org
Founded in 2002 by Dan Bailey in Dallas, Just Say YES – Youth Equipped to Succeed helps equip teens to succeed by educating them through in-school student assembly speakers, classroom peer-to-peer mentoring and a sexual risk avoidance curriculum. Their goal is empowering students to say YES to their dreams and goals and no to destructive choices. Just Say YES provides at-risk youth with vital life and relationship skills that give them the knowledge and motivation to make life-affirming choices. Their objective is to meet negative culture influences with a positive response rooted in Godly principles. Their speakers and resources cover a variety of topics, including bullying, teen pregnancy prevention, teen dating violence, high school dropout prevention, drug and alcohol abuse and self-image. Funds will be used to promote and deliver their program, Boundaries of the Heart, to DFW teens, parents and PRCs that models, educates and equips to understand a healthy relationship, choose a path of sexual risk avoidance and engage young men in a pregnancy decision.
LifeTalk Resource Center is a crisis pregnancy center whose vision is to transform women and men with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and empower a culture of Life. Since opening its doors in 2008, the mission of LifeTalk has been to be a beacon of light, providing the Frisco/Celina community with the necessary resources to affirm Life and hope. LifeTalk works in coordination with a medical practice to provide confidential and free services, including pregnancy testing, STD/STI screening, ultrasound/sonography, options counseling, community resource referrals, Medicaid Proof of Pregnancy Report, pre- and post-abortion counseling, and educational life skills classes. Funds will be used for the one-year salary of a Client Services Director to meet the growing demand for LifeTalk's services by expanding their class and materials assistance offerings, as well as training more volunteers vital to their ministry.
Pregnancy Resource Center of Grand Prairie / cpcgp.org
Pregnancy Resource Center of Grand Prairie opened in 1994 to reach women, couples and families in the community facing unplanned pregnancies and vulnerable to abortion. They encourage life-affirming decisions for their unborn children by providing support, resources, education and referrals in a safe, caring and confidential environment. Services are provided at no charge and include life-affirming counseling, sonograms, STI screening, education programs, resources and referrals. Funds will be used for (i) the one-year salary for an Administrative Coordinator to assist with increased social media outreach to clients, training new volunteers and other support and (ii) increased hours for their Nurse Manager to provide sonograms to their growing number of abortion minded/vulnerable clients.
The Pregnancy Resource Center, established in Rockwall in 2000 and Mesquite in 2008, exists to help women who are facing unplanned pregnancies to choose life by using Biblically-based principles and demonstrating the unconditional love of Jesus Christ. Their free and confidential services include pregnancy tests, sonograms, STD/STI testing, counseling, pregnancy options information, pregnancy/parenting education, material support, community referrals and post-abortion support. Funds will be used for a new ultrasound machine at their Mesquite location to provide higher quality images and to integrate training and proficiency with their Rockwall center, which has the same ultrasound machine model, by allowing all communication and imaging to be accessed through their network.
Serving Collin County and North Dallas for over 25 years, Real Options for Women is a pregnancy resource medical clinic located in Plano. Their mission is to empower women, men and students to make physical, emotional and spiritual choices that affirm life and health. Real Options offer free pregnant tests, counseling, STI screening, ultrasounds, abstinence programming and abortion recovery Bible studies. Real Options is one of the few pregnancy clinics that has a thriving abstinence education program, 180 Degrees, that is offered free of charge to public schools, private schools, retreats and church youth groups. Real Options believes that this education empowers youth to make better choices concerning their sexual health which in turn reduces teen pregnancy incidents and abortion in the community. Funds will be used for the one-year salary and training of a new educator for 180 Degrees to meet the additional growth of this program and to allow them to bring the truth of abstinence to thousands of additional students.
Southwest Pregnancy Services / livingchoice.org
Founded in 1988, the mission of Southwest Pregnancy Services is to empower as many individuals as possible in Southwest Dallas County to make healthy life choices consistent with the sanctity of human life and Biblical values. They accomplish this through building a trust-based relationship with expectant patients and their families, providing limited medical services, adoption services, education and support services. Southwest Pregnancy Services envisions a community where all recognize that every human life is sacred because it is made in the image of God; where every child has a chance to be born healthy and placed in the arms of a mother and father equipped in every way to provide a Christian home, building the fundamental unit of a healthy society. Funds will be used for (i) the one-year salary of a new Director of Development position to build capacity through funding relationships, which will in turn expand services, resources and support for their growing clinic and number of clients, and (ii) construction renovations to existing space to create a new, more usable and updated clinic, counseling and work space to better serve their clients.
Thrive Women’s Clinic / ThriveWomensClinic.com
Thrive Women’s Clinic, formerly Dallas Pregnancy Resource Center, began in 1983 as the first Dallas pregnancy clinic to provide an alternative to abortion. Through their compassionate support of lay-counseling, education and medical services, Thrive empowers women and their partners to choose life for their unborn children and life in Christ for themselves. Each of Thrive’s three locations in East Dallas, Central Dallas and West Dallas is staffed with counselors and nurses. A number of licensed doctors who volunteer their services may be available for further medical assistance. Thrive offers free and confidential services, including pregnancy testing/pregnancy confirmation for Medicaid, sonograms, pregnancy options consultation, fatherhood, childbirth, parenting and infant care classes, material support and community referrals. Funds will be used for their Volunteer Training Program which trains and equips volunteers and lay counselors to handle conversations with women and men in unplanned pregnancies.
YoungLives is a special outreach started in 1991 for teenage girls facing unplanned pregnancies and operates in North Texas as part of the Young Life North Central Texas Region. The mission of Young Life is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith. YoungLives is a unique outreach program that brings together pregnant and parenting teen girls from all socioeconomic backgrounds with mature Christian women mentors. These mentors provide constant support and encouragement throughout pregnancy and motherhood, offering friendship, parenting skills, spiritual guidance and access to community resources. The girls and their mentors regularly attend club similar to traditional Young Life clubs. The girls also have the opportunity to attend Bible Study and participate in a summer camping experience to have fun and learn about God alongside their babies in a far removed, beautiful setting. Funds will be used (i) to start a new Garland YoungLives ministry to reach the high schools in this area and (ii) for YoungLives Family Camp which pairs teen parent couples with a mentor couple to teach them how to parent their children and have healthy familial relationships.
2018 RUN FOR LIFE BENEFICIARIES
Buckner Children and Family Services / buckner.org
Founded in 1879 and an adoption leader since 1884, Buckner International has placed more than 4,000 children in loving “forever” homes. Buckner is a ministry grounded in Christian principles that believes adoption offers a permanent and life-transforming act of love within a family. Buckner’s mission is to protect children, promote independence and build strong families through Christ- centered values. Buckner’s commitment to the miracle of adoption includes providing comprehensive services for both domestic and international adoptions to families before, during and after placement. Buckner Children and Family Services, a subsidiary of Buckner International, provides a full continuum of adoption and foster services, including Voluntary Adoption (domestic infants or children adoption) and international adoptions, Waiting Texas Children (typically older children and/or teens and sibling groups) children waiting for adoption through Child Protective Services), and Foster-to-Adopt and other foster care. Buckner provides a full range of post-adoption and counseling services to adoptees, birth families and foster and adoptive families to ensure the long-term sustainability of the families that Buckner helps to create. Funds will be used for additional value-added services for Buckner's Adoption Specialist necessary to provide better support to children eligible for adoption and the adoptive families in the Waiting Texas Children and Voluntary Adoption programs.