Life Forward

Confidential services at no charge include: consultation on options, pregnancy testing, 3D/4D ultrasounds, referrals to community services, education and support.

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Shannon's Story

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At Life Forward, we’re hoping that when women receive ultrasounds they will respond the way “Shannon” did when she said, “I saw his face! I can’t believe it. He looks so handsome and I can’t wait to meet him.”

Shannon didn’t always feel this way about her son. In fact, she wasn’t sure if she wanted him in her life. She’s a single woman who is trying to better herself through education as a dental assistant. The last thing she wanted was a baby “to mess up all my plans”. An abortion seemed like the best option.

But the more Shannon thought and prayed about it, the more she realized that ending her baby’s life was not the answer. “I’m a strong woman and I can do this,” Shannon declared. So, the past several months, she’s been getting prenatal care, continuing her education and looking for a new job. Because of all this activity, she barely had time to think about all of the things that she’ll need for her baby. That’s how Life Forward was able to help.

Shannon doesn’t have much money and had almost nothing for her baby. When her case manager told her about Life Forward’s Care Closet, she was so excited. Life Forward helped her get started with basic baby items like diapers, formula and clothes. On top of that, Life Forward helped her see her son’s face through an ultrasound. Before she left, her Client Educator gave her a list of other community resources, a Bible and then prayed with her. 

“I’m so glad I came to Life Forward. I appreciate all the help I received.  That photo of my son is on the refrigerator where I am reminded every day of the precious boy that I’ll soon welcome into the world.” - Shannon

Life Forward serves clients like Shannon facing unplanned pregnancies through our 3D/4D Ultrasound program and Care Closet ministry. Your generosity makes a big difference in their lives. Thank you!

Jacqueline's Story

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“Jacqueline” recently participated in one-on-one parenting sessions at Life Forward. During her first session she expressed her desire to pray more. Lawanda, our Clifton Center Director, talked with her about the significance of prayer and how God really does hear and work on our behalf. Jacqueline felt compelled to close each of her parenting sessions with prayer and Lawanda gave her a new journal to write down some of her thoughts, feelings, questions and prayers throughout her pregnancy moving forward.

In all we do, prayer is a vital thread of grace woven throughout our ministry to help women and families make life-affirming decisions through God’s love. We’re always looking for opportunities to have spiritual conversations and invite women like Jacqueline into a real relationship with Jesus. We ask questions, offer direction and provide tools to help our clients grow in faith as we extend love, support and encouragement. Thank you for being a part of Jacqueline’s story!

Katie's Story

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Everything felt out of control. In early November, I was eight months pregnant, already the mother of a six-year-old girl, working a low-paying job, and wondering how I was going to provide any kind of Christmas for my kids. I knew there was a God, but it didn’t seem like He cared much about me or my family.

I went to Life Forward because I realized I’d be needing diapers and formula very soon and couldn’t afford them. They were so nice to me. They listened to my story and really seemed to care. They were also very kind to my daughter and they even gave her a children’s Bible. It melted my heart to see how happy she was to have her own Bible. She started turning the pages, looking at the pictures and wanting me to read it to her right there.

We didn’t have a lot this past Christmas, but we did read the story of Jesus’ birth from my daughter’s new Bible. As I read and looked at the picture of Mary holding the baby Jesus, I thought about how much I loved to hold my baby and what a miracle he really is. When I think about all I’ve been through this past year, I can see now how God was right there with me. I’m so thankful for Life Forward’s help!

Because of your generous gifts, Life Forward is able to provide ongoing practical, emotional and spiritual support such as children’s Bibles that women like “Katie” and their families need as they continue on their journeys. Thank you for being a part of God’s good work!