Abstinence Program, Information for Supporters

The “Real Essentials”

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Did you know that Raffa Clinic partners with area schools to educate students and staff on sexual risk avoidance? Our abstinence education program called “Real Essentials”
provides volunteers who present high-quality engaging presentations to area
students in grades 7-12.

This program has been highly effective in local districts in reducing teen pregnancy rates in Hunt County. One local district reported a 75% decrease in their pregnant students over the first 3 years of our programming!

The goal of this program is to prevent the twin epidemics of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. It is about getting adolescents to adulthood with the least amount of emotional baggage and hurt as possible. We are currently presenting in Greenville and Quinlan ISDs for this upcoming year.

We provide this program free to area schools and we ask you to help support this fast growing program. We are currently seeking volunteers to train to be presenters as well as sponsors for this program. If you would like information on volunteering or sponsoring a program, please contact Threesa at 903-454-9751 or threesa@raffaclinic.org.

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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Did you know?

Did you know that Texas ranks #3 in teen pregnancy? Did you also know that Texas ranks #1 in repeat teen pregnancy??  We must work to change these statistics. Our children (and grandchildren) deserve better. That’s exactly what Raffa Clinic is trying to do. We know it is more than counseling a teenager about their options after their positive pregnancy test. We know that it is about reaching them before that test is ever needed and giving them the tools to face the challenges of the world they live in so that they can succeed.

Raffa Clinic has a community abstinence program called “In the Know” that reaches out to our Hunt County teenagers (and pre-teens) in the schools and equips them to face these challenges. Our program is an abstinence-based comprehensive teen sex education program designed to be presented in the public school system.  We present middle and high school teens with credible, factual data about the potential consequences and options regarding their sexual activity.  However, because sex is more than just a physical activity, we also help teens understand the broader issues surrounding early sexual activity, including health, social, physical, mental and emotional implications.

Why am I telling you this? Because Raffa Clinic needs your help. We are currently planning on presenting this program to multiple school districts in Hunt County this fall and are adding more districts soon. We are in need of volunteer presenters to help us in the classrooms. It is SO EASY to help. If you feel like you can present to, and interact with, 7th-12th graders and would like to see this program presented in our schools, then we want to talk to you. The process to volunteer is simple. Simply complete the contact form below and we will be in touch with you and send you a volunteer application. Once you have completed that, we will schedule an interview and discuss the program in more detail. Don’t worry if you don’t have a lot of time to be in the schools. We only ask for 1 day per semester! ONE day to give back to the youth of your community and make the next generation better.

Perhaps you don’t really think this is the place for you to serve, I understand. You might be in a position to pass this along to others you know who would be awesome at this. Please forward this information to them right now. Also, please be in prayer for this program and for Raffa Clinic. Last year Raffa Clinic served our community with 816 client visits for 2012. This year (as of July 15th) we have already served 941 client visits. What does that tell me? It tells me that there is a need in Hunt County. It tells me that people are hurting and they are looking for a place to go. We strive to be the first place a woman turns to when she finds out she is pregnant. We have an amazing ministry field to harvest and we covet your prayer support.