(09/03/2009)
The Gabriel Project is committed to safeguarding and honoring life by offering immediate and practical support to pregnant women and families with infants and young children. FRN Coordinator, Jean Simers, announced this week that there are "Angels Among Us."

The work of the Gabriel Project is dependent upon the involvement of volunteers (Gabriel Angels) from our community who have learned skills in service, leadership and advocacy in their efforts to improve the lives of others. During training, volunteers learn about the issues and obstacles facing low-income persons; develop and use new skills; and have the opportunity to participate in the planning and management of services.

Several volunteers completed their training and are now sharing their love and concern for our community. Each Gabriel angel shares their own unique gifts in helping their clients and their needs. These needs can be spiritual, emotional, tangible baby goods, or referred services.

Gabriel Angels help families in need through various approaches. They make home visits and phone calls to listen and share experiences. They may answer questions about baby care or help mothers find answers by making referrals to existing social service agencies. An angel may, but is not required, to assist with transportation to doctor's appointments, shopping, job interviews, or in emergencies.

The "angel's" primary role will be to locate tangible items such as maternity and baby clothes; safe car seats and cribs; diapers, wipes, and hygiene items; and other tangible baby items. All services provided remains confidential.

The Gabriel Project benefits both the families and the volunteers who assist them. The project is deigned to help mothers in their time of need and there are no financial requirements.

Mrs. Simers wishes to remind the community that the Gabriel Project continues to accept financial or in-kind donations. These donations are critical to the success of the program's ability to provide needed services. "We are actively seeking donations of new or "gently used" baby items including clothing, bedding, swings, play yards, strollers, baby gates, etc. Diapers, wipes, ointments and personal care items for babies are needed, as well. "Gently used" maternity clothes and personal care items for mothers will also be accepted.

All donations may be dropped off at the Calhoun County Family Resource Network Office at the Corner of Court and Mill Street; 241 Mill Street; Grantsville (under the J&B Drug Store) The Gabriel Project honors all of our supporters by responsibly stewarding all the resources they are given in the service to life.

Any volunteer who may be interested in becoming a "Gabriel Angel" or any family in need of our support, is encouraged to call Jean Simers, FRN Coordinator at (304) 354-7177.


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