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Now is the time…

 

Volunteers Needed

New year… time to give back.

Raffa just might be the place for you. Volunteer Orientations are a way for you to ‘feel out’ the ministry and see if this is where you are supposed to be.

No cost…No commitment to attend.

Register Here to let us know you are coming. :)

 

 

Time Is Ticking Away…

Just a few more hours…

You only have a matter of hours to give your end of year gift to Raffa Clinic. We have been blessed with an amazing year of ministry and are anxiously awaiting the BIG things in store for 2015!

Just a few notes about 2014:

  • 1,739 client visits between our Greenville and Commerce Clinics. (With our Quinlan Clinic scheduled to open this next spring, we are looking for this number to rise as we will be available to help even more people!)
  • 2,196 hours of pregnancy and parenting education provided at our Greenville Clinic. This is time spent providing expectant, new, and seasoned parents with the tools they need to raise up their children in safe, Godly homes.
  • 449 pregnancy tests. That is 449 opportunities to sit face-to-face with a girl in a crisis situation and help her to slow down…take a deep breath…and really look at all of her options. 449 chances to answer her questions about abortion and let the facts speak for themselves…that this isn’t the best choice for her or her child.
  • 187 sonograms. This is 187 times this year we were able to introduce a mother (and often, a father) to her baby. Our statistics tell us that 90-95% of the time a woman has an sonogram in our clinic, she WILL choose life for her baby. 187 times to see a new baby’s heart beating and little precious feet kicking away. 187 chances to make a difference in both the life of that child and the life of that mother.

Goals and plans for 2015:

  • Open a new Raffa Clinic in Quinlan in the spring to better serve the needs of our clients in the Quinlan/Tawakoni areas.
  • Expand our outreach to abortion vulnerable women and girls at TAMU-C, PJC, and local High Schools.
  • Present our abstinence program in every school district in Hunt County.
  • Begin a Fatherhood Program to equip the fathers in our clinic to be great fathers to their new babies.
  • Expand our Marriage Mentoring program to strengthen the client families at Raffa.
  • Minister to more women and men through one-on-one discipleship through our Hope Program.

How you can be a part:
Donate. We count on your financial support. Raffa Clinic is primarily supported by the Hunt County community. We offer one-time and monthly automatic giving via your credit card or your checking account. We also accept mail-in donations to: PO Box 9325, Greenville, TX 75404.
Volunteer: Raffa Clinic has MANY different ways to volunteer and we have volunteer orientations scheduled all throughout 2015. As we are expanding our services, we have even more need. Men and women are welcome (and needed).
Pray: Remember us in your daily prayer and sign up to receive emails when specific prayer needs arise for our clients, staff, or the ministry as a whole.

Thank you for a very successful year in ministry!

Raffa Clinic partners with Amazon Smile

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization (aka: Raffa Clinic) every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

Simply click here to be directed to Raffa Clinic’s Amazon Smile Page and shop as usual…

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Please note that you must be shopping from a laptop or tablet. At this time, the AmazonSmile feature is not accessible via the Amazon app on phones.

How does Raffa Clinic benefit?

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible purchases to Raffa Clinic. That may not sound like much, but if we can start using this for our own personal shopping, business shopping, church ordering, etc… then these numbers really add up!

Please share this with your friends and family!

 

Volunteers-Needed-HeaderFall Volunteer Training is Nov. 6-8!

If you have thought about volunteering at Raffa Clinic, now is the time to find out more about the opportunities involved and also to get started. We have scheduled our Fall Volunteer Training for this November and are looking forward to adding to our growing staff. God is expanding our ministry in many different areas.

You can register for training here.

We currently have volunteer opportunities in these areas:

  • Greenville, Commerce, and Quinlan.
  • Hunt County School Districts (abstinence presenters)
  • Client Advocates
  • Medical Volunteers (MAs, LVNs, RNs, NPs, PAs, MDs)
  • Teachers & Class Facilitators
  • Baby Boutique Assistants
  • Administration Assistants
  • Building Maintenance Helpers

If you have questions about Raffa Clinic or about our volunteer positions, please contact Coco at coco@raffaclinic.org or call her at 903.454.9711.

Sign up now for our new email newsletters!

Raffa Clinic has been working on better ways to stay in touch with you and let you know about news & events at Raffa. We have so many great things going on and can’t wait to share with you what all the Lord is doing at this ministry. Sign up today to receive special emails that will share info that may not be able to be posted on a public website or Facebook page.

These emails will become our primary way to communicate sensitive needs, prayer requests, and news from Raffa Clinic staff. We deeply appreciate your support and can’t wait to start sharing all that is happening at Raffa! You can even choose what type of information you would like to receive. We will send special newsletters about volunteer opportunities, Raffa news, fundraising events, and information on our growing community abstinence education program.

Please click here to signup to receive these new and exciting emails from Raffa Clinic!

 

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Teens, Sex, Fathers, Marriage: All That ‘N a Baby Carriage

Some would say the title of this post is just a bad plan. But what can’t be argued are the facts:

  • Teens are having babies.
  • Teen boys are becoming fathers.
  • Children are growing up in homes without their fathers.
  • Marriage is an option.

The topics of teen pregnancy, teen fathers, and marriage are of the utmost importance to NFI (National Fatherhood Initiative) — particularly because of how closely they align with father absence and child well-being.

According to The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, in Why It Matters: Teen Childbearing, Single Parenthood, and Father Involvement, “…teen mothers are at high risk for single parenthood and especially high risk of parenthood without the biological father in the home”. Further, “Reducing teen pregnancy can improve child well-being by in­creasing the chances that children are born into two-parent families and, in particular, families with married parents.”

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Research shows that children have better outcomes when they grow up in a home with two married parents. Studies further indicate that while father involve­ment is important, where the father lives is also important. In one study, the benefit of increasing father involvement was more than twice as great when the father lived with the child than when he lived elsewhere.

But when it comes to teens:

  • The majority of teen mothers (88% in 2010) were unmarried when their child was born.
  • Of those teen mothers who were not married when their child was born, only about one-third (34%) went on to marry by the time their child reached age five.
  • Furthermore, more than one-third (38%) of teens who were married when their child was born split up by the time their child reached age five, and 42% of those who were cohabiting when their child was born split up by then.

In addition, teen mothers living apart from the father of their child report that half of the nonresident fathers met with their child in the past month, and, among those who did, about half visited at least weekly. Recent research also shows that father absence is actually the cause for children having poor outcomes related to a range of physical, mental, and social issues – compared to when their father is involved in their lives.

Interestingly, with regard to intergenerational cycles – teen boys who live with both parents initiate sex at an older age compared to teen boys whose father is absent (the former, helping to prevent future, unplanned, teen pregnancies.)

So, it seems decent to conclude that by working to help teens make wise decisions about sex and pregnancy, and how to participate in healthy relationships, we will also, by default, work to reduce father absence and increase the proportion of children who grow up with involved, responsible and committed fathers – all for the benefit of current (or future!) children.

BAM! A match made in heaven.

This article Posted by Melissa Steward from http://www.fatherhood.org

2014 LIFE: Beautiful Fundraising Banquet

Raffa Clinic is gearing up for this year’s annual fundraising banquet. We are currently seeking sponsors for this year’s event. If you, your business, church or civic group would like to sponsor this year’s banquet, please review this link Sponsor Packages.2014 and return the Sponsorship Commitment Form back to us by September 1st.

As you can see from the package link, there are some great advertising perks for you at our event. Please let us know if you are interested in helping make our 2014 LIFE: Beautiful event the most successful banquet yet!

~Threesa Sadler, Executive Director

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