Creating Beauty From The Unexpected
This week Gaye Tillotson shares about the role Collage plays in the community. Regardless of whether you are seeking our services, are new to us through our Grand Island location, or you are a long time volunteer or financial partner, this post from Gaye will help you understand our heart and why we do what we do.
Hi! Thanks for stopping by our blog today. At Collage, we believe deep down that there is beauty and value in everyone. Often times though, we have a hard time seeing that beauty. Perhaps it’s buried under the rubble of past decisions or circumstances that life has handed us. But no matter how badly we’ve been broken and tarnished, the fact is, beauty remains, waiting to be uncovered. At Collage, we’ve experienced the restoration of beauty in our own lives, and that’s what compels us to help others seek the beauty within them.
We have a very specific promise to the clients we serve when they come in our doors. This promise is simply:
We’ll be a safe place: a place of hope and restoration…a place where those facing an unexpected pregnancy, a struggle with a past pregnancy decision or even a sexual health issue can begin to discover beauty despite their circumstances.
We do this by offering free and confidential medical services, peer mentoring and educational opportunities to our communities.
For those facing an unexpected pregnancy we offer practical support, pregnancy tests, and limited ob ultrasounds.
According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, 43% of American women will end at least one pregnancy in their life. That means there are hundreds, if not thousands, in our communities who may be struggling with their decision. For them, we are here to listen and help them begin the healing process.
Back in the 70’s when I was growing up, according to the CDC, 1 in 47 sexually active adolescents contracted an STD. Today, our clients face entirely different odds with 1 in 4 being confronted with the reality of a life-long disease. The consequences are wreaking havoc on individuals and families. We are excited to soon be able to provide STD testing and treatment. What an opportunity, and responsibility, we have to our communities to help prevent the spread of this epidemic! Our plan is to offer this service at out Kearney location by the first of the year.
All of this is available because of the incredibly generous people in our communities. We know that folks are helping those who need our services because people are seeing the differences being made in lives through Collage and they want to invest.
Every day, women and men are not only receiving needed services but they’re being loved the way they were created to be loved.
They’re experiencing hope, sometimes for the first time in years.
They’re getting a glimpse of their potential and seeing themselves as victors instead of victims.
And women are understanding their own immeasurable value and worth to such a degree that they are able to see the value and worth of their children, both born and unborn.
We invite you to come in today if you want to learn more about Collage or if you need our help. We are here for you, and can’t wait to help you find beauty in the unexpected.