Roses for life

CRYSTAL PUGSLEY/PLAINSMAN Roses for Life, a fundraiser for Plus One Guidance Center sponsored by the Holy Trinity Respect Life Group, will be offering long-stemmed roses for Mother’s Day through Rainbow Flower Shop. From left, are Jan Labor and Ann Puterbaugh, members of the Respect Life Group, Kara Green Osier who owns the flower shop, and Mary Helen Wipf, Executive Director of Plus One Guidance Center. Order roses by calling 605-354-4069 or 605-352-2203.

HURON – Life is precious, says Jan Labor, a member of the Holy Trinity Respect Life group. And it’s the focus behind an annual Roses for Life fundraiser the group sponsors for the Plus One Guidance Center.

The group has purchased 500 roses that will be available through Rainbow Flower Shop for Mother’s Day weekend, May 6, 7 and 8.

Call 605-354-4069 or 605-352-2203 to order roses, available as a single rose, six or a bundle of a dozen. They will be available for pick up at Rainbow Flower Shop Friday, May 6, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The flower shop is located at 162 Third St. S.W.

Holy Trinity started The Roses for Life campaign almost 10 years ago, and it became a crucial fundraiser for the Plus One Guidance Center after it opened in February 2015. The Center is located at 35 Market St. S.E.

“Our goal of impacting generations of families by assisting women and couples in making the healthiest choices possible for themselves and their unborn children remains the same,” said Executive Director Mary Helen Wipf. “It is a Christ-centered pregnancy help center that works to meet the clients’ immediate need for guidance and services.”

Between January 2021 and March 2022, they have served 267 clients, with 602 client visits and 176 visits by support people.

The Center provides confidential pregnancy testing and pregnancy-related counseling through several programs including:
• Pregnant U! — prenatal and labor/delivery information
• Empower U! — infant care and parenting education
• Healthy U! — sexual integrity education
• Surrender U! — post-abortion peer counseling
• Healing U! — support group for women coping with miscarriage or stillbirth

Clients who attend the programs earn points that can be redeemed as purchases in the Center’s Maternity and Baby Boutique.

They also provide adoption referrals, a 24-hour crisis hotline and referrals to community organizations that provide clothing, food, safe shelter, baby-related equipment, daycare, spiritual support and more specialized counseling if needed.

Wipf is joined in the Center by two part-time employees and 22 volunteers who serve as client advocates, help in the office, do cleaning, manage the boutiques, fill new mom gift bags, decorate the facility and provide graphic arts designs for newsletters and social media.

The Center is guided by a seven-member board, with a four-member advisory board.

“If you are interested in being part of this ministry, please let me know,” Wipf said. “There are many ways to be involved.”

On a side note, Wipf wants to remind people that their annual Baby Bottle Fundraiser will begin on Mother’s Day and end on Father’s Day. People are invited to stop by the Plus One Guidance Center to pick up a baby bottle and fill it with loose change, then returning it to the Center around Father’s Day.

“Your generous donations are making a huge difference,” Wipf said. “Every dollar helps support our mission to provide free and quality services to women, men, and families in our community.

“Please consider becoming part of the Plus One Guidance Center ministry by joining our client advocate team,” she added.

For more information contact Mary Helen Wipf at 605-554-3330 or email [email protected]

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