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Funding from Respect Life Dinner helps pregnancy center to expand services in Salida

09/06/2019 | Comments

COLORADO SPRINGS. Out of the proceeds of the 2017 Bishop’s Respect Life Dinner, the Salida Pregnancy Resource Center (SPRC) received $10,000 to help them expand their hours and add professional staff in support of their mission to help women during pregnancy.

When Beth Russell, SPRC director, looked at the numbers at the end of 2018 to compare them to those from 2017, she had to check and recheck them. The number of clients SPRC was able to see and help had doubled. That’s right — in 2018, SPRC helped twice as many clients as they had helped in 2017. Following the 2018 Bishop’s Respect Life Dinner, an additional $7800 went to SPRC, which has helped them to continue providing services at this high level.

The positive impact of such an organization is undeniable. Nevertheless, it’s easy to be overcome by the darkness of our culture and the times in which we live. Pregnancy resource centers are lights in that darkness. Unfortunately, centers like the one in Salida face inordinate pressure to close their doors from a society which only seems interested in expanding abortion rights. Russell admits the pressure on her staff takes a toll.

However, our prayers, and our support of their mission through the Bishop’s Respect Life Dinner, make an undeniable impact. Don’t miss your chance to make a difference by attending the upcoming Bishop’s Respect Life Dinner. Tickets are on sale now for the event, which will be held at The Broadmoor Hotel on Oct. 24. Sisters of Life from Denver will present the keynote address.

(Julie Bailey is director of the Respect Life Apostolate of the Diocese of Colorado Springs.)

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