From My Heart to Yours | August 2018

Do you remember Marilyn? Marilyn was the FIRST mom we had the honor of supporting throughout her birth and beyond after moving into our new and current center on First Street in Gilroy. In those early days, we were not medically licensed but we were still able to offer support and friendship to Marilyn in her time of need. Check out our video featuring Marilyn’s story on our website!

This past week, we had the chance to visit with Marilyn once again when she chose to extend her friendship - and ours - to a new friend in her life. Marilyn met a woman who is homeless and pregnant and in desperate need of intervention. “Gracie” has a drug addiction and is struggling with what decision she will make about her pregnancy. I am so glad that Marilyn brought her to Informed Choices so we could provide her with medical pregnancy services, adoption and drug treatment home referrals, and most importantly right now, the love and friendship of Christ. Marilyn showed the love of a true friend when she brought Gracie to Informed Choices! (Read more about Gracie’s Story on page 2 of this newsletter!)

I think Marilyn is a model for all of us to follow. When you volunteer your time and talents at Informed Choices, you make it possible for us to literally BE Christ - the best Friend of all - to women lacking the kind of support necessary to choose LIFE for their pre-born babies. When you support Informed Choices with your generous one-time and monthly donations, you are partnering with us so we can open our doors and extend the friendship of Christ to every patient who walks through our doors. You are truly ambassadors of Christ’s friendship…and that is the greatest gift we have to offer our patients at Informed Choices.

There are so many ways you can give at Informed Choices and this month I want to encourage to think about INVITING YOUR FRIENDS to become supporters of IC and ambassadors of the friendship of Christ to our patients! 

On September 8, 2018, we are hosting Havana Nights! a fundraising event and opportunity to learn more about Informed Choices in a fun, upbeat environment. We hope to raise lots of funds for the continued work of IC and the addition of our Mobile Clinic in the future. So, we will have MANY live and silent auction items available for bidding. But besides raising money, this is the perfect way to invite YOUR FRIENDS to become friends of Informed Choices. Your guests will have the chance to meet our Board of Directors, hear a little about the work we do (just a short presentation!), and gather with others like yourselves who are cheerful supporters of Informed Choices. Can we count on you to join us for this event…and INVITE YOUR FRIENDS?

All you have to do is go to our website and register on our Havana Nights! page. Tickets are $75 dollars each and include a catered Cuban buffet dinner, two drink tickets, music & dancing, and lots of FUN! The event is being held at Guglielmo Winery in Morgan Hill. Again, it is Saturday evening, September 8th and the festivities begin at 6pm.

Remember, YOU may know and support the work we do, but this is the perfect opportunity to reach out to your friends so they can partner with us so women like Marilyn and Gracie will continue to receive FREE pregnancy services and support. In the process, through the care and friendship they encounter at IC, these women also have the opportunity to meet the best Friend of all - our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Dear friends, I can’t wait to see you at Havana Nights! Invite YOUR friends today…and together, let’s continue to extend the friendship of Christ and the gift of LIFE to the patients of Informed Choices!

Anna Vatuone