In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.” Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.
Mary's yes to God's will is also known as her fiat. At Reachout Women's Center, we continually say yes to God's will and hope to imitate Mary's fiat in all that we do.
Mother's Day Note
Betty Gludt, Executive Director
“The best place to cry is in your mother’s arms.”...Jodi Picoult
“Only mothers can think of the future-because they give birth to it in their children."...Maxim Gorky
A father’s love for his children is complete only when he can love their mother the way she loves them.
There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it…..Chinese Proverb
“Making a decision to have a child – it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go wailing around outside your body.”...Elizabeth Stone
“No gift to your mother can every equal her gift to you – life.”...Anonymous
In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother's Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers. Mother's Day is celebrated to honor all mothers and express gratitude for the hardships they bear in bringing up a child. Most countries, including America, Australia, Canada and India, celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May.
Mother’s Day has become commercial bonanza across the country and beyond. However, at Reachout Women’s Center, day after day the news of becoming a mother brings tears, regret, anger and fear. Some who are not married and even some who are, don’t want to be pregnant. Their list of reasons is a mile long, and it can be heartbreaking, especially when women are considering abortion.
Being a mother is a privilege and honor given by God to women only; being a vessel of creation. My husband and I waited five long years for the privilege of conceiving children. I have been grateful ever since. I prayed for direction while raising them, prayed for patience when they challenged me and Grace when they became adults. Now I pray for the decisions and paths they choose for their lives. Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.
Some of our clients think their pregnancy is a “crisis” because they didn’t think this could happen to them. They are not ready. This is not the right time. "I have other plans for my life; I can’t afford it now. I’m too young or I’m too old." The list goes on and on. It’s hard not to get caught up in their rhetoric, rather, we begin working through it. A life has been conceived and only God knows why. Our mission is to help women choose life for the unborn by lovingly supporting them emotionally, physical and spiritually. We are here to let them vent all the pent-up emotions, fears and anxiety they are carrying. Then we begin the process of getting to know these women before us. What is going on in their lives; working, not working, or school? We try to learn about the baby’s father and their relationship. Does he know about the baby; will he be there for you? Does she have a support system or a church community? This can be a very delicate time for our clients. We talk about all their options: parenting, adoption and yes even abortion. We use this time to respectfully educate and explain what is available to them. We don’t always know the outcome of their decision; all we can do is let go and let God.
On my way into the Center this morning, I was listening to “Women of Grace” on the radio and heard a women’s Annunciation Story. On the Feast of the Annunciation, her mother received a phone call from a man who asked if her daughter had had a child while in high school. She said yes, and he replied,” I am that child.” He said he was calling to say, “Thank you for my life.” This man had the opportunity to meet his biological parents, who had married after high school. They had three additional children. When the whole family was together, the man’s mother gave him a medal she had for him since his birth. She told him that she and her husband prayed for him every day. They prayed that he had a good life with good parents who raised him in the Catholic faith. They also prayed that someday he would come back to them. He in turn told his mother, that when he was a boy, his grandfather taught him to make rosaries. The first rosary he made was for his biological mother; then he gave it to her.
Listening to the radio this morning, was God giving me, the staff and volunteers a message of hope? All will be well; God has the work in hand.
Healing Through Service
A Letter From Herman Johannesmeyer
So how did Eagle Scout Troop 007 get involved with Reachout Women's Center? After our son, Matthew, passed away at the age of 23 on September 11, 2012, we wanted to give back to all those that had supported us when we needed the comfort. Nancy and I were familiar with Reachout through friends at St. Thomas the Apostle Church so we decided to stop by to inquire about helping. The Executive Director was very nice and showed us around as we had no idea of the great services provided by Reachout. We got on the mailing list and it was thru the (former) newsletter that Nancy saw the need for help with building a shed.
Being the mother of 4 boys that all worked hard on their Eagle projects, she knew how to spot a project in the making. She suggested that I take the newsletter to the Scoutmaster at the time, Bob Treanor, whose son, Jason, was looking for a project. Guided by God's hand, Jason thought it would be a great project and took the steps to meet with the Reachout Executive Director to pitch the idea he could lead the project of building a shed. After several meetings to design the shed layout, he received approval and began planning the day to build the shed.
I distinctly remember the day of the Eagle project, the tremendous support Jason had from current and former 007 scouts, all the Scout leaders and adults there to help, the fun we had and knowing it was for a good cause. That introduction to Reachout led to other Eagle projects. Next, it was another shed, then a complete interior paint job and overhaul of the wall coverings, followed by a third shed. I am a firm believer, learned through the painful experience of Matt's death, that there are no coincidences in life, it is really God's hand that is in our lives. I consider it Godincidences...just like the support of Troop 007 to Reachout. I am proud to be the father of 4 Eagle Scouts, grateful for what they learned through the Scouting program and very thankful that they and Troop 007 have helped Reachout Women's Center.
A fourth shed was built and new tile flooring was installed in our common areas for us by Eagle Scout Troop 007 in 2017. We thank all who participated in building much needed storage space and making needed improvements to our center! Your service to Reachout Women's Center is greatly appreciated and we are so fortunate to have wonderful supporters like you! If you, or someone you know, has a project in mind from which you think the Center can benefit, please contact Betty by phone, (520) 321-4300, or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phillip Corkill, Phyllis Kelley and James Regenar made donations in memory of George Scheller.
Arthur & Gail Nans and Donald Lakes made donations in memory Helene Koski.
Richard Jewell and Gabriel Dooling made donations in memory of Edwin Leska.
Audriy Chirovsk made a donation in memory of Halyna Chirovsky.
In your hands, O Lord,
we humbly entrust our brothers and sisters.
In this life you embraced them with your tender love;
deliver them now from every evil
and bid them eternal rest.
The old order has passed away:
welcome them into paradise,
where there will be no sorrow, no weeping or pain,
but fullness of peace and joy
with your Son and the Holy Spirit
forever and ever. Amen.
Susan Whitney, Volunteer Services Coordinator
Sharon Masterjohn-Client Advocate
Sharon, originally from Buffalo, New York, came to Tucson via Texas in the summer of 2015. "While attending a retreat, I met some Reachout volunteers. I felt moved to help when I heard about their volunteer work and they suggested I become a client advocate." Sharon has shared her talents and enthusiasm for life as a client advocate since October 2016. "What I like most, is meeting people at such an important time in their lives. I hope to help them understand the importance of their pregnancies." Like most advocates, Sharon shares personal experiences in building rapport and demonstrating understanding and compassion. "Sometimes it is challenging, especially when speaking with those who see new life as a burden." Sharon has served on the Gala Committee for the past two years and occasionally lends a hand in the clothing bank. "I enjoy coming here and even pick up extra hours when a client advocate is needed." Sharon and her husband, Tony, attend St. Mark's Catholic Church where Sharon is active in ministry. Her two daughters, and their husbands, live in Texas.
Mary Sklar and Catherine DeWitt-Clothing Bank
Catherine DeWitt and Mary Sklar have been a Wednesday afternoon clothing bank team for 5 years. Mary, originally from California, learned about Reachout from her daughter-in-law, a client advocate volunteer. Mary then told Catherine. "Mary and I were on the first Reachout Walk together. " Catherine, originally from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, has been active in the pro-life movement since 1973. "I used to speak in churches and pray in front of Planned Parenthood. I believe in promoting life; it's the way I was brought up." Mary and Catherine enjoy volunteering for a worthy cause; "What we do here is important; we make it easier for women to care for their babies and so many people help us through their generosity. It is wonderful to be able to help," says Mary. Catherine adds, "This is such a nice atmosphere, a marvelous place. It is very satisfying to see the children we help and the appreciation on their mother's faces." Both ladies bring mother and grandmother experience and stories to the clothing bank. Mary and her husband, Bob, have two children and two grandchildren in California and Catherine has seven children and 18 grandchildren "spread coast to coast." Mary and Catherine attend St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.
Melva Cuestas RN, Nursing Director
Nourishing Healthy Mothers: Good Nutrition and Daily Multivitamins
Multivitamins + A Healthy Diet
Pregnant women have an increased need for vitamins and minerals. A daily multivitamin is an excellent way to meet this need, since many women don’t get enough nutrients through food alone. The earlier in pregnancy a woman begins taking a multivitamin, the greater the impact the vitamins and minerals can have on her health and the health of her child. Pregnant mothers should eat a nutritious diet that includes a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, lean meats, and dairy products
Vitamins and Minerals Can Help:
• Reduce anemia
• Support a healthy immune system
• Improve birth weight
• Build a strong foundation for your baby to grow and develop into a healthy child.
• Supports bone development and maintenance.
• Good food sources include fatty fish and fortified food products, such as milk and
• Keeps the mother’s bones strong.
• Good food sources include milk and dairy products, collard greens, almonds, and
• Helps prevent spinal cord defects.
• Good food sources include leafy green vegetables, whole
grains, beans, nuts, and seeds.
• Helps prevent anemia.
• Good food sources include beef, poultry, beans, and broccoli.
Published by Vitamin Angels: Providing lifesaving vitamins to mothers and children under five at risk of malnutrition — reducing preventable illness, blindness, and death — to create a healthier world.