Shellhouse: 91 percent of those visiting New Hope choose life

By SARALYN NORKUS saralyn.norkus@clevelandbanner.com
Posted 4/14/17

The theme of New Hope Pregnancy Care Center’s spring banquet, “Discover Hope,” was highly appropriate, as guests of the event were able to leave feeling hopeful.

“We have been saving lives …

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Shellhouse: 91 percent of those visiting New Hope choose life

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The theme of New Hope Pregnancy Care Center’s spring banquet, “Discover Hope,” was highly appropriate, as guests of the event were able to leave feeling hopeful.

“We have been saving lives for more than three decades. We are helping our community and our world discover hope,” New Hope CEO Tracie Shellhouse declared.

On Thursday night, donors and guests of New Hope learned of the positive effects their donations are having in the community, as the organization has been able to expand and begin offering medical services.

In the past year, New Hope saw 175 new clients, 142 being female, and can confirm 53 births. To top it off, of those who come in just for a pregnancy test, 91 percent have chosen life.

“Those we serve have value, those unborn babies have value,” Shellouse stated.

Reflecting on how pro-abortion advocates will only refer to babies as a fetus or even just a blob of human tissue, Shellhouse stated that those people suffer from nearsightedness.

“If I were to look out at you this evening without my contacts, you would look like blobs of human tissue. People who suffer from near-sightedness can only see so far — they can only see what is in their immediate area. God is out of focus and since they cannot clearly see their creator, it is reasonable to expect they cannot see the value of his creation.”

New Hope has seen a total of 288 unique individuals walk through their doors, 236 females and 52 males. Of those, 112 have been from the 20 to 24 years old and 72 have been teenagers. They have served a total of 238 unmarried clients.

In the past 12 years, the organization has can confirm 636 births. They have also led 312 to salvation, including 14 this past year.

Besides the addition of medical services, including pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, New Hope also offers option counseling, adoption education and referrals, pregnancy and parenting education, assistance with maternity and baby items, a 24-hour helpline, fatherhood fraternity and support groups for those who are post-abortive, the HOPE (Healing of Post-Abortion Emotions) group, or have suffered a miscarriage, the HEART (Healing, Embracing, Acknowledging, Remembering and Treasuring) group.

Two New Hope volunteers, Patti Gladson and Waneva Bradbury, were honored with “Volunteer of the Year Awards,”

All of New Hope’s services are free and confidential and 75 percent of their medical team are solely volunteers. Special thanks were given to Dr. David Chaffin, Dr. Cynthia Harris, Nurse Manager Alondra Cooley and RN Waneva Bradbury.

From July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, New Hope had an income of $336,599. Of that, $136,443 came from fundraising events and $57,378 came from grants. Monthly donors provided the pro-life facility with $48,988 and other donor support accounted for $30,274. New Hope also gained $61,440 from the sale of their former building.

Growth has been exponential for New Hope, and Shellhouse said they are expecting a 20 to 30 percent client visit increase this year.

“This is phenomenal growth. It also means we cannot relax or slow down.”

The keynote speaker at the banquet was 40 Days for Life President Shawn Carney.

“We’re here to celebrate the gift of life, to celebrate children and to celebrate the family, which is so under attack,” Carney said.

Especially impressed with New Hope’s statistics, Carney thanked the room, acknowledging that they had made this a reality.

“What you’re doing here is a reflection of what is going on across the country,” he explained.

“The abortion industry has lost the grassroots ... and at least 65 abortion clinics have gone under.”

The 40 Days for Life president acknowledged that there are no abortion clinics in Cleveland, but said that wouldn’t stop people from driving to Knoxville, Atlanta or Nashville. Because New Hope is local though, many would choose to visit them first.

Carney added that pregnancy centers like New Hope now outnumber abortion facilities five to one. He continued to say that the work was not done yet, because there are still 161 abortions for every one adoption referral.

Due to the impressive growth New Hope has seen in the past year and is expecting for this year, Carney went on to encourage the crowd to consider increasing their donations, both monthly and one-time.

“We have a lot to celebrate, a lot to be grateful for and a lot of work to do.”

For more information about New Hope Pregnancy Care Center or to donate to their mission, visit http://newhopepcc.org/.

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