From the Director

Betty Gludt, Executive Director

I was blessed with the opportunity to travel to Israel in June, and, to add to the blessing, I was able to travel with my son and his family. My 10-year-old grandson was my roommate! We traveled the entire country and saw and learned so much that I could go on for hours. I want to tell you about one place in particular that touched me deeply.

Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, is Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. It is dedicated to preserving the memory of the dead, to honoring Jews who fought against their Nazi oppressors, to Gentiles who selflessly aided Jews in need, to researching the phenomenon of the Holocaust, and to avoiding such events—holocaust and genocide—in the future. Another part of the center is the Children’s Memorial, which is dedicated specifically to the children who were victims of the Holocaust. On my visit, I found myself walking down a stone-walled path to its entrance. There was a high wall of children’s photos, and, past them, a dimly lit room. The room was so dark that I had to hold onto the handrail for guidance. In the distance I heard names; names, I soon learned, of children lost to the Holocaust. In the center of the room were what looked like tiny lights, thousands of them, representing each child. I soon realized that it was, in fact, one candle reflected in mirrors, and if that one candle were to extinguish, so would all of the light. It was very hard for me to continue walking; my tears made it hard to hold onto the rail.

Thankfully, this memorial exists for the lost children of the Holocaust. It is a place where the world can come to remember, to pray, and to vow never again, but where is the memorial for the millions of aborted children? There isn’t one. They are the unwanted, discarded, forgotten, and nameless.

There may not be a place to remember the unborn, but we can be their memorial. We can be the educators telling their story. The unborn are real; they have value, and they deserve to have a future. Science and theology are proving more and more the viability of the unborn, but our throw-away society needs to realize that value as well; the value of each human being—man, woman and child—uniquely created by God with meaning and purpose. How do we accomplish such a task? By seeing the face of God in everyone we encounter, by being kind and respectful. Let this be the pebble that ripples through our homes and our community, and one day we, as a society, will say never again.

In Memory & In Honor

Erin and Aaron Estes
In memory of Helen Koski

Herman & Nancy Johannesmeyer
In memory of Linden Hickey

Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May the souls of the faithful departed
through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

Bryce Livingston
In honor of Carol Livingston

Dear Blessed Mother Mary,
help my mom to be a good mother.
Give her peace and wisdom, strength and courage, grace and happiness.
Be nearby when she needs help.
Keep her close to your Son, Jesus.
Help me to always show my mom how very much I love her. Amen.

Volunteer Spotlight

Susan Whitney, Volunteer Services Coordinator

Judy Austin-Client Advocate
Judy Austin learned of Reachout at a Reachout Walk in 2013. Newly retired, she was looking for volunteer opportunities. “I don’t believe in abortion, and because of my upbringing, my Catholic faith, and my nursing experience, I felt I could contribute.” A native of Tucson, Judy and her husband, Wally, have been married for 29 years. From her two daughters and two step children, they share 13 grandchildren! When not at Reachout or with family, Judy enjoys gardening and is active as a Sustaining Board member of the Newman Center. “I really feel for the clients who need our help and it is so interesting to see the reactions of young women when they realize there are positive alternatives to abortion, that there is help and there is hope.”

Miriam Solinsky-Client Advocate
Miriam Solinsky, a Client Advocate since 2016 and a recent U of A graduate, will be leaving Reachout the end of July to pursue Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. Her primary interest is livestock and food production animals. Years ago, Miriam’s home school group held diaper drives for Reachout. Later, when considering volunteer opportunities, she thought of Reachout, and the role of Client Advocate was a fit. Relating to young women close to her age, learning what they think and how they feel has been most interesting to Miriam. “I like to talk with them, especially without their mothers or significant other in the room to really hear what they have to say. It has really been rewarding.” Miriam’s words to us at Reachout: “Thank you for teaching me what it means to be courageous, to speak out, and to fight for what I believe in. This is truly a place where love conquers all, and witnessing the positive impact we have on clients has helped me to grow into a woman I am proud to be.” We will miss you, Miriam, and hope for you the greatest success and fulfillment in all your endeavors! God bless you and keep you close!

A Special Thank You

 

Richard Burns started volunteering at Reachout Women's Center in 2008 after learning we were in need of a handyman. He became familiar with us through his parish, St. Frances Cabrini, and the Stuff the Crib drive they hosted benefiting Reachout. After hearing that our handyman at the time was getting ready to move out of town, he inquired, began volunteering and the rest is history. Richard also served on the board of directors from 2015-2018.

We want to thank Richard for the many years of handyman work, leadership and friendship he has blessed Reachout Women's Center with. He is truly a special person that selflessly gave to this organization for 10 years. We wish him the best in his future endeavors and we hope he comes back to visit us! God bless you!

Wish List

Items Needed

Size 3-6 diapers
16oz bottles of water (for ultrasound patients)
Copy paper
Paper towel rolls
13 gallon and 33 gallon trash bags
Disinfecting wipes (i.e Clorox, Lysol)

Grant Writer Needed

If you have grant writing experience and are willing to donate your time, please contact us today! We are in need of a volunteer that is willing to either teach us the tricks to effective grant writing or will assist with writing grants. Contact Betty by phone at (520) 321-4300 or by email, betty@reachoutwomenscenter.com.

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