Experiencing significant growth in the first quarter of 2015, Bartow Family Resources’ Night of Life will be a time for celebration. On Thursday, the fundraising banquet will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Clarence Brown Conference Center, 5450 State Route 20 in Cartersville.
“[People] will be amazed and inspired by what is happening here at Bartow Family Resources,” said Kim Lewis, director of the nonprofit’s Pregnancy & Mentoring Center.
“Even though we have been in operation for 26 years, many people still do not know who we are or the resources we offer the community. By attending the banquet, they can see firsthand the impact we are making on the lives of families here in Bartow County and then take this information back to their workplace, churches or civic groups so they can get involved.”
Along with a catered dinner, the Night of Life benefit will feature music and presentations from individuals, such as pro-life speaker Dr. Anthony Levatino, who previously performed abortions. As with past Night of Life events, Bartow Family Resources’ staff also will be making a big announcement concerning a new outreach effort for its organization.
Along with complimentary first-come, first-served general seating, table sponsorship — ranging from $500 to $7,500 — also is available. Attendees need to RSVP online as soon as possible at http://www.nightoflife.info.
“We want attendees who are stakeholders to know that their investments have paid off,” Lewis said. “Whether they volunteer their time, have given financially or have helped us through donations or prayer support, everyone has played a role in the amazing things that have happened this year. It will be a time to showcase what God has done with those gifts and celebrate the victories and blessings our clients have had.
“We also want attendees who are not yet part of our BFR support system to see that they can have a place at the table. We always need new supporters and people who are willing to invest time, money and energy into what we do. We want them to see that God is at work here, and because of that, their investments reap great rewards at BFR.”
As Lewis alluded, 2015 has been a period of growth for Bartow Family Resources. Prior to relocating its Cartersville operations to 200 Leake St., Bartow Family Resources collaborated with Kingston Baptist Church to launch a satellite location at 43 E. Lee St., Kingston, in late January.
Recording more than 4,000 client visits in 2014, some of the organization’s free offerings include pregnancy testing, options counseling, post-abortion support, adoption assistance, prenatal educational programs, parenting classes and mentoring.
To foster positive parenting skills, Bartow Family Resources implemented the Baby Bucks program in 2011. The baby store offers a wide range of items — including diapers, wipes, cribs and strollers — in return for baby bucks, which can be attained in a variety of ways, such as by presenting an employee check stub, church bulletin or verification for prenatal or well-baby checkup appointments.
“Our purpose is twofold,” Bartow Family Resources Executive Director Maryland Guthas said. “The first is to offer emotional and spiritual support, hope and healing to individuals and families in crisis. And the second is to provide support for families through education. Babies don’t come with an instruction manual and neither do marriages. If you’re a parent or a spouse, you certainly understand that. But, the fact is there are secret tools needed to build healthy, happy families that we just happen to make available at no charge. And, tools to repair relationships that seem destined for the scrapyard.
“It’s all in having the right tools and knowing how to use them. One out of three kids is growing up without their dad, and one out of two marriages ends in divorce — every community needs a family resource center. Although we can’t personally meet every need, we are closely networked in the community with other helping organizations, which makes us the go-to resource for families.”
For more information about Bartow Family Resources, visit http://www.bartowrelationships.com or call the Cartersville or Kingston locations at 770-382-7224 or 770-336-2113, respectively.
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