Your Loving Choices, Inc.

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OUR HISTORY

In August of 1990, our founder and first director, Patti Stoudt, had a prayer vision of hope for women facing unplanned or crisis pregnancy. That prayer became reality on January 22 of 1991 when Patti launched a small home-based ministry. She named the ministry “Your Loving Choices.” Mailings were sent to local doctors, attorneys and pastors explaining the ministry and mission of Your Loving Choices, and asking for referrals. The ministry focus was educating people on parenting, adoption and abortion and supporting clients planning parenting and adoption.

Our first client was received in February 1991. She began a long relationship with YLC. In fact she still maintains contact with us.

As the ministry grew, so did our need for volunteers. Our first volunteers were trained in May of 1992. Our help-line was established at that time. By April of 1993 we had outgrown Patti’s home. Our first office in the Husky Korners building downtown Bloomsburg was opened. In June of 1993, Your Loving Choices was recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt organization.

In January of 1995, Ginger Hock became our new volunteer Executive Director. Under her direction, we held our first fundraising walk-a-thon. The walk, held annually, became our main fundraiser.

The leadership of Your Loving Choices changed again in November of 1999 when we welcomed Linda Moran as our first paid Executive Director. Under Linda’s direction the office was moved from the Husky Korners location to 300 Chestnut Avenue in Bloomsburg.

Your Loving Choices marked many milestones in 2003. Sally Marasco joined our team as the new Executive Director in February. In August, we purchased a property of our own located on the corner of Ninth and Market Streets in Bloomsburg. We moved into our new home in September and began seeing clients there that same month.

In October of 2003 we implemented the “Earn While You Learn” parenting program. When this program began, clients working through the classes began earning “mommy money” which they exchanged for items in our gift shop. October 2003 also marked the beginning of our affiliation with“Care Net”. Care Net is a nationwide network of over 1100 Pregnancy Resource Centers that offers on-going training to allow us to keep up to date on the latest trends and concerns. Care Net also grants us access to a vast frontier of available resources that would otherwise have been beyond our scope as an individual center. Training is provided for the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers.

In 2004 Steve Wright, along with other volunteers from Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg, renovated the garage of our new facility into a beautiful board room. What a blessing! We utilize it for meetings, training sessions, liaison teas, newsletter folding and the list goes on.

In 2004 Patti Stoudt received training as an Adoption Specialist at the Care Net Conference. Your Loving Choices Board members obtained a copyright for Patti's new book "Doubly-Loved: Exploring the Option of Adoption."

In August 2005 Kathy Leamont was brought on board as Executive Director and served in that capacity until July 2010.

Your Loving Choices held its first fundraising banquet in October 2006 and this event has become a yearly source of income and relationship building for the ministry.

We initiated an EWYL group [Earn While You Learn] program to allow clients the opportunity to continue in the program beyond the first months of their child's life while opening up one-on-one slots with the peer-counselors for the new pregnant clients.

We re-invigorated the abstinence education program with the hiring of an Abstinence Coordinator who trained in Tennessee with the "Why Know" curriculum and began Your Loving Choices "Tackle the Issues" program with presentations for both Christian and secular groups.

In 2007 client intake numbers climbed to 119, with 29 babies born to our clients. Ruth Joy Capozzi, YLC board member, attended the Care Net Conference and received Post Abortion Counseling Education (PACE) certification. Our PACE program "Healing the Hurts" began to grow almost immediately.

On February 13th 2008 Your Loving Choices was privileged to sponsor THE SILVER RING THING abstinence event through our "Tackle the Issues" program.

From 2009-2011 we once again rented space in Husky Corners near Bloomsburg University campus. The YLC Navigating Center offered students free coffee and wi-fi access as well as lots of good information and education regarding Sexual Integrity. Our main office was referred to as YLC Options Center so we could distinguish between the two locations.

On October 2, 2010 Ruth Joy Capozzi, former board president and coordinator of our Post-Abortion program was hired as our Executive Director.

September 2011 we were hit with "THE FLOOD" four to five feet of water in our basement destroyed not only all of our "gift shop" baby items and shelving but our furnace and air-conditioning and hot water heater. With the help of the community, dedicated volunteers, staff supporting churches and donors we have been able to re-fill our gift shop, move it to the 1st floor and add classroom space to the basement which was also painted and refurbished by dedicated volunteers!

July 2014 we opened a satellite center in The Hope Center of Nescopeck, 650 Harter Avenue, Nescopeck, PA. We have begun serving clients there on alternate Thursdays. The Hope Center of Nescopeck is also home to a Food Bank, Doreen's Closet (free clothing) as well as medical supply equipment free to those who qualify.

As we look to the future, we are excited about the new adventures that God has in store.2016 marks our 25th year serving the local community! Over those years 345 babies have been born to our clients. We are in the process of "going medical" to be able to offer a Limited Obstetrical Ultrasound to our clients. We also have plans to expand our services with a satellite office in Benton.

Your Loving Choices will continue to offer compassion,education and direction to the people who walk through our doors - hope through a helping hand, and most importantly, the gospel of Jesus Christ, for it is only through the transforming power of this gospel that lives are truly changed.

Your Loving Choices provides all services free of charge. We rely on the volunteer efforts, financial support and dedicated prayer of men and women just like you. YLC does not refer or perform abortions.


OUR MISSION

Your Loving Choices is a Christian ministry promoting life as given from God, offering loving support to those facing unplanned pregnancies, providing education about the life-giving options of adoption and parenting, conveying God's healing to those traumatized by abortion, and advocating abstinence as the only true prevention of sexual crises. To achieve this mission we:

  • Present the love, grace and truth of Jesus Christ
  • Provide compassionate hope and help
  • Promote sexual abstinence as a positive lifestyle for singles
  • Present opportunities for healing and restoration to those hurt by their lifestyle choices

OUR SERVICES

Your Loving Choices accomplishes its mission through services that support its ministry as follows:

Unplanned Pregnancy

A woman facing an unplanned pregnancy will experience one of the greatest personal challenges of her life. We don't want her to face this situation alone, or to make decisions in a panic.

We believe that women, couples, or families facing an unplanned pregnancy should have access to complete information about all of their options. We will help the crisis family (birth mother, birth father, parents, grandparents, siblings, etc.) explore their options and resources. Only by being fully informed can they make decisions and plans that are well thought-out. Through all we do, we seek to help meet our clients’ emotional, physical, and spiritual needs, leading in grace and truth.

Sexual Integrity

One-on-one Abstinence Counseling in our centers ~ most of our clients are single, and it’s our desire to see them make different lifestyle choices in the future.

Tackle the Issues our interactive abstinence presentation for schools and youth groups. It’s not a lecture or an opportunity to tell students to “just say no.” Instead, it is a speaking team who leads students to develop their own conclusions about why it is best to save sex for marriage.

Our free & confidential services include:

  • Free pregnancy tests
  • Options education and peer-counseling
  • Education and Support for:
    * Parenting
    * Adoption
    * Abstinence
    * Fatherhood
  • " Earn While you Learn" maternity & baby resources
  • Education on abortion procedures and risks
  • Post abortion education and healing
  • Referrals to doctors and community services
  • Information on STDs

Healing For Post-Abortive Women

The loss created by an abortion often leaves an empty space in one’s life that never seems to be satisfied, even long after the experience is passed. It is normal to try to fill that void with activities, relationships, or even having children, but eventually the emptiness surfaces again along with feelings of guilt, remorse or bitterness.

We believe that the best way to overcome those disturbing feelings left by abortion is to face them squarely with the support of others who truly understand and do not judge or condemn. Jesus said in Luke 4 that his mission is to bind up the brokenhearted and proclaim freedom for the captives, so that is our mission as well. Help is available at Your Loving Choices through our PACE (Post-Abortion Counseling & Education) groups. PACE is a life changing Bible Study that leads a wounded heart through the necessary steps to being " Forgiven and Set Free" . As with all of our services, all inquiries and participation is kept confidential.


OUR TEAM

Board of Directors

Your Loving Choices is governed by a Board of Directors, from various churches and communities in the Bloomsburg area including:

Deborah Halterman, President
Dennette Farr, Vice President

Bill Kile, Treasurer
Jonathan Weidman, Secretary
Sandra Beishline
Melinda Book
Barbara Hawk
Bonni Spagnuolo
Dale Stiner

Dr. Richard Prisuta, Advisory
Patti Stoudt, Founder, Advisory

STAFF

 

Ruth Joy Capozzi
Executive Director

Ruth Joy came to Your Loving Choices first as a board member in 2005, introducing the Annual Banquet Fundraising event in 2006 and went on to serve as President of the Board of Directors from August 2008 until September 2010. She was then hired as the Exective Director in October. Joy has served in various ministry roles most of her life. The daughter and grand-daughter of pastors, she also co-pastors with her husband Alfred at Bloomsburg Bible Church. Author of "With Tender Hand" a book written to help women who are hurting and dealing with abuse issues, Joy has a passion for helping wounded women find healing and forgiveness through Christ's love. Joy is a certified facilitator for the PACE (Post Abortion Counseling & Education) Program through Care Net, a member of AACC (American Association of Christian Counselors) and completed the Crisis Pregnancy Coaching Series through Light University.

Joy and her husband live in Berwick, they have a chow/retriever, Jake who is spoiled perfect. In her free time Joy likes to scrapbook, knit and crochet and do web site work for various ministries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALICIA DRAKE
Client Services Coordinator

Alicia began her job as Client Services Coordinator in March of 2015. Alicia was born and raised in Danville, she attended Liberty University and obtained her Bachelor's in Religion. Alicia has worked as an Assistant Bakery Manager as well as a Home Health Aid before coming to Your Loving Choices. She has a heart for helping people and has been active in many ministries throughout the years. She resides in Danville with her husband, Josh and beautiful daughter, Savannah. Alicia's hobbies include crafting, reading, playing with her daughter and anything outdoors.

 

Abigail Ritchie-Crusan
Development Coordinator

After graduating from Bloomsburg University, Abigail was employed as a substitute teacher in the Berwick Area School District, and then went on to work for CMSU Developmental Supports and Services in Danville as a caseworker supervisor and assistant to the CMSU psychiatrist in the clinic.  She supplemented her education by taking Master level courses at Marywood University in Scranton and eventually began working for the Salvation Army as a regional manager for ten counties.  During that time she was involved in fundraising activities for the Army.

Abigail joined the team at YLC in October of 2015.  She resides in Benton with her husband, Charlie and their Cavalier dog, Henry.

 

 

Ellen Walk
Administrative Assistant

Ellen Walk was hired in July 2014 as our Administrative Assistant. Ellen and husband Dan attend the Jerseytown UMC, where she is active in several areas of ministry, including the choir, and on the worship team. Ellen was born and raised in the area of Jerseytown, and after  living in Illinois for a number of years, returned home.
Ellen is the mother of three, and stepmother of three, and grandmother of fifteen, (at last count).
After serving as a volunteer liaison for her church for five years, Ellen is now thrilled to have the opportunity to spend more time in this important ministry.

Your Loving Choices, Inc. does not refer or perform abortions nor arrange adoptions

 

All our services are free and confidential

UPCOMING EVENTS

Walk/Run/Ride For Life
June 4, 2016
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Fall Fundraising Banquet
Thursday, October 13, 7 pm
@ Rolling Pines Golf Course
Sol Pitchon, Guest Speaker

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