Due to concerns for the safety of our clients and our volunteers during the coronavirus pandemic, we will not be scheduling client appointments until June 1, 2020, at the earliest. There will not be a Lunch and Learn in June. PCCI will be open our normal hours for emergencies and supplies in the interim. If you need supplies call ahead and then ring the doorbell and we'll have them ready for you at the door. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please take all precautionary measures seriously and stay healthy.
NEWSLETTER - Spring 2020
Dear Friends of the Pregnancy Center of Central Iowa,
Please know that we at PCCI are praying for health and safety for you and those you love. This is a very difficult time for so many, but we will get through this together with God’s help.
We want to let all of you know what is happening at PCCI since we stopped client appointments and allowing our wonderful volunteers to come to the center on March 17th. Only Sheila and I are at the center, and we are following all recommended social distancing protocols. On a happy note, Sheila was in Texas for the first two weeks of April, where she welcomed her fourth grandson! Prior to that time and since she returned after Easter, we have been filling orders for diapers, wipes and other products and equipment by telephone and delivering them curbside.
At the outset of this situation, we were helping only our clients, whom we contact often and remain in touch with them. But it very quickly became obvious that there were others in our community who suffered an abrupt loss of income due to job layoffs, so we offered help to them as well. We actually reached over 4,300 individuals via Facebook, which surpasses any advertising we have ever done. It has resulted in very positive PR for PCCI.
Sheila and I have also conquered cleaning out all old files and organizing our materials for better use by all. Our storage area was overrun with donated clothing, both maternity and infant and children’s. I took home and washed thirteen loads and all clothing is now folded and put away or in our store.
You may have seen in the Newton Daily News that PCCI received a wonderful grant from the McCann Foundation. We now have new chairs in our community room that are able to be wiped for better cleanliness. We also have new appliances: washer, dryer, refrigerator, dishwasher, and stove, which will enable us to better serve our clients. We also refinished the kitchen cabinets to better match the new appliances. They look so amazing that we may redo the work room cupboards as well!
Several have inquired about the rescheduling of our Annual Walk for Life, which was to have taken place on May 2nd this year. At this point in time, we are planning to hold a “virtual” Walk for Life for 2020. Watch for it in the very near future. Our Fall Banquet is still scheduled for November 7th.
One last thing you can all do to help little ones at this time: most reported child abuse comes from day care workers, teachers and other school personnel. Because of the shutdown, reporting is down on that front. However, incidents of child abuse, domestic violence and substance abuse are rising due to frustration with our current situation and isolation. So, please keep your eyes and ears open in your neighborhoods and elsewhere. Protecting children is everyone’s business.
We can’t wait for the time when we can see you in person, when we can get our clients back with us, and when we can get back to what we do best at PCCI. In the meantime, we greatly appreciate your prayers and continued support. We are blessed to have the ability to be of assistance and service to those less fortunate.
In His name,