Walk for Life now preparing for 21st annual observation

By SARALYN NORKUS Staff Writer
Posted 8/17/17

New Hope Pregnancy Care Center is gearing up for its 21st annual Walk for Life event, with the goal of seeing supporters and the community “Discover Hope.”

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New Hope Pregnancy Care Center is gearing up for its 21st annual Walk for Life event, with the goal of seeing supporters and the community “Discover Hope.”

Walk for Life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23, with walkers beginning the 1.5 mile trek at North Cleveland Church of God at 9 a.m.

“What is fun about this event, in comparison to a lot of our other ones, is there is a great atmosphere for fellowship, for getting to know each other, hanging out and drinking a cup of coffee together, whereas a lot of our other events are very structured,” explained New Hope Executive Director Tracie Shellhouse.

For New Hope, the Walk for Life “provides the perfect opportunity to share Christ’s love and the pro-life message throughout the community.” It also serves to ensure that the pregnancy care center is around for another year to continue offering those services to its expanding client base.

Always a popular event, Operations and Development Director Delaney Walker would like to see the 21st annual Walk for Life continue to grow.

“We really want to see an increase in participation and an increase in sponsored walkers, too,” Walker said.

New Hope’s fundraising goal for Sept. 23 is $48,500.

Sponsored walkers who raise $225 will receive a Walk for Life T-shirt, with gifts being given to those who raise $500 and $750 in pledges. For sponsored walkers who raise $1,000 or more, a special invitation to “Tracie’s Kitchen” will be extended, where they will enjoy fellowship and a dinner prepared by the New Hope CEO.

“I must say, I’m a really good cook,” Shellhouse laughingly noted.

Event registration begins at 8 a.m., and before the 9 a.m. walk, Shellhouse and the New Hope staff and members of the board will welcome the attendees and open in prayer.

The walk starts at the NCOG gym, will cross over to New Hope’s Worth Street location, and then return back to the church. There will also be access to the church’s indoor track for those who cannot walk with elevations, or if it rains.

The Walk for Life serves as a major fundraising and awareness campaign for New Hope, and is especially vital since it has expanded its services.

“I think some of the reasons this year’s walk is really important is that we have added new services,” Shellhouse said.

“Our clientele and client visits have really increased, and with the addition of the medical clinic program, the number of pregnancy tests in comparison from January to June from last year to this year is up 132 percent.”

In under a year, New Hope has seen client visits increase by 30 percent.

“No matter what sector of business or industry you’re in, a 30 percent increase in less than a year is huge. That really just shows how broad our impact is — we’re getting to more people and getting to them with more services, because we provide more,” Shellhouse said.

Not only is it up 132 percent in pregnancy tests, New Hope has seen a 333 percent increase in abortion minded clients walking through its doors.

The organization offers pregnancy tests, limited obstetrical ultrasounds, parenting classes, a 24-hour helpline (1-800-712-HELP), confidential and compassionate peer counseling, MOMS support group, abortion recovery support, miscarriage support group, fatherhood fraternity, and learning opportunities to earn baby and maternity items.

Those interested in being a sponsored walker can visit New Hope at 353 Worth St., to pick up a Walk for Life Brochure. It can collect pledges by either cash or check or have pledges made on its walker profile on FundEasy at https://secure.ministrysync.com/ministrysync/event/website/home/?e=10673.

Underwriting opportunities are available until Sept. 10, and those interested can contact Walker at developmentdir@newhopepcc.org.

General questions about Walk for Life can be emailed to walkforlife@newhopepcc.org.

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saralyn.norkus@clevelandbanner.com

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