Entries for the 'Volunteers' Category
By: Emily Chase
The girl sat across the table from me in my office. Tears rolled down her face. "Amber" had been laid off from her job. Her father had hurt her and manipulated her before abandoning the family altogether. Her boyfriends had sexually abused her and then gone AWOL when she became pregnant. Now her mot...
By: Elaine Ham
Every client advocate who has ever counseled in a pregnancy center knows the sudden rush of fear that envelops us when a young, single client learns she is pregnant. We ask a question such as, "What are your plans for your baby's future?" and pray that whatever she says will not include the word "ab...
By: Dianne Pomon
As we counsel teens and young women at Genesis, we find ourselves in a conversation about their relationship with their boyfriend. We often ask, "What is your relationship like with your boyfriend? What is love and how does one express it?"
The answers we receive from such questions are often quite...
By: Lori Hatcher
She is bright, energetic, passionate, and shares a story as unique as she is. Outspoken and engaging, she is not afraid to tell how she navigated today's sex-saturated culture and emerged as a young adult with no regrets.
Proclaiming a message of abstinence, Kimberly Poovey regularly speaks to grou...
By: Jerry Thacker
A recent discussion in our PhD class centered upon the lack of attention our children seem to be paying to things around them. This phenomenon, which I call "social autism" in which students are wired into iPods and mp3 players, creates people who are listening to one world while walking around in a...
By: Kim LeBlanc
The privilege I have to talk with women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy is rewarding, frustrating, and challenging. Women in that position often feel like they don't have a choice and just want the situation to go away!
My job as a peer counselor is to show them they do have choice...
By: Jerry Thacker
My younger daughter is finishing up her masters' degree in counseling at a local university. She also works in the student assistance center helping those who need remedial help. The other day, a student came in for help with her paper, the topic of which was "The Distracting Nature of Texting." Whi...
By: Mark Hiehle
The story is told of police officers who were using a radar gun to check the speed of vehicles as they came over the crest of a hill. Suddenly, their radar registered a speed of 500 miles per hour. They tried to reset their equipment, but suddenly it shut down. Moments later, a low-flying military F...