Self Help Credit Union breaks ground on new branch in Apopka

first_img 3 COMMENTS Reply […] Source link […] UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. March 23, 2018 at 8:08 pm Self Help Credit Union breaks ground on new branch in Apopka – Self Success Tips Mama Mia TAGSSelf-Help Federal Credit Union Previous articleWith Surgery, Tiger Woods is “Back” on TrackNext articleLegislators Bracy, Brown and Sullivan coming to Apopka in April Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replycenter_img Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter On the corner of US-441 and Cabell Lane is a vacant lot with a little slice of nature and a small hill in the midst of a lot of cement, streets, and businesses on its way to the 415. There used to be a Jamaican restaurant there, but now it’s going to be home to the hopes, dreams, and economic opportunity for underprivileged communities in Apopka. Yesterday, the Self-Help Federal Credit Union, which Apopka’s Community Trust Federal Credit Union joined in 2016, broke ground on its new branch at 667 West Orange Blossom Trail. The new branch’s improved size and visibility (compared to the current location at 825 South Park Ave.) will help the credit union to more fully serve its members. Speakers at the groundbreaking included Apopka City Commissioner Diane Velazquez,  Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce President Robert Agrusa, Sister Ann Kendrick, a founder of Community Trust FCU, and Adelcio Lugo, Regional Branch Manager for Self-Help Credit Union.  “Breaking ground on this new branch is an important step in Self-Help’s work to build on Community Trust’s legacy with farmworkers and others in Apopka,” said Lugo. “Sister Ann and her sister’s work in helping provide financial services to those in need is truly inspirational and Self-Help is honored to help further that mission.” The groundbreaking marks a new chapter in transformative community work for Self-Help in Apopka and extends the Community Trust legacy of helping working families gain access to mainstream financial services. The full-service branch will ensure members use of state of the art banking technology, equipment, and convenient access. Community Trust merged with Self-Help in 2016, in order to extend additional products and services to Community Trust members, such as mortgages and online and mobile banking. It was formed in 1982 to serve Florida’s farmworker community by a coalition of local organizations and activists, including the Apopka nuns (members of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur), the West Orange Farmworker Health Association (Community Health Centers), Homes in Partnership, the Farmworker Ministry, the Justice and Peace Office, and the Farmworker Association of Florida. “Self-Help is an ideal merger partner for Community Trust,” said Kendrick. “They are strong and successful with a host of financial services for all people, with special care for people of color and working families. As part of Self-Help, we can not only provide good financial services but be part of a movement to protect vulnerable people from predatory lending and build economic power in low-income communities.”   Apopka is Self-Help’s first physical presence in Florida. Jax Metro Credit Union, founded in 1935 to serve utility and port workers of the City of Jacksonville, merged with Self-Help on June 1, 2017. Between the two mergers, Self-Help’s credit unions now serve over 6,000 members in Florida. Self-Help also has helped originate over $300 million in loans to Floridians, partnering with Florida banks to finance over 2,900 home loans and providing financing to high-performing public schools in Miami and Gainesville educating nearly 20,000 low-income children.The Self-Help family of non-profit organizations includes Self-Help Credit Union, serving 64,000 members with branches in North Carolina and Florida; Self-Help Federal Credit Union, serving over 70,000 members with branches in California, Chicago, Florida, and Milwaukee; Self-Help Ventures Fund, a national non-profit loan fund; and the Center for Responsible Lending, a policy and advocacy organization addressing abusive lending practices. Since its 1980 founding, Self-Help has provided over $7 billion in financing to 131,000 families, individuals and businesses underserved by traditional financial institutions. About Self-Help Self-Help is a community development financial institution headquartered in Durham, NC. Founded in 1980, Self-Help has provided over $7 billion in financing to 131,000 families, individuals and businesses underserved by traditional financial institutions. It helps drive economic development and strengthen communities by financing hundreds of homebuyers each year, as well as nonprofits, child care centers, community health facilities, public charter schools, and residential and commercial real estate projects. Self-Help’s two credit unions serve over 130,000 people in North Carolina, California, Chicago, Florida and Wisconsin and offer a full range of financial products and services. Learn more at www.self-help.org and www.self-helpfcu.org. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Self Help Credit Union breaks ground on new branch in Apopka – Instant Expert Success There are those gold painted shovels, like at the City of Apopka, that were used for the groundbreaking ceremonies, that later were handed down to the city’s construction crew employees to use for real, instead of “fake” digging….lol March 23, 2018 at 8:33 pm March 26, 2018 at 9:37 am Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here Reply […] Source link […]last_img read more

Penny Mordaunt MP issues update on safeguarding progress

first_imgPicture: Penny Mordaunt MP, Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh, 25 November 2017. By Russell Watkins/Department for International Development Advertisement Penny Mordaunt MP issues update on safeguarding progress Tagged with: International safeguarding  166 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10  165 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt has issued an update to the House of Parliament on work undertaken by DFID in response to the safeguarding issues identified following the Oxfam in Haiti case.In her written response, she updates the House on three key areas where work has been undertaken: the statements of assurance from UK charities and follow up cases, the follow up to the Safeguarding Summit, and work to drive up standards in the UN and multilateral organisations.According to Mordaunt, all charities asked have now given their statements of assurance, with 26 charities funded by DFID making Serious Incident Reports to the Charity Commission, concerning some 80 incidents. An increased level of reporting of safeguarding concerns into DFID’s ‘Reporting Concerns’ hotline and inbox had also been seen.In addition, DFID has requested assurances from its top 30 suppliers, 43 multilateral organisations and other partners but that assurances were only a first step. A high-level summary of the returns from UK charities and a list of organisations DFID have written has also been published on gov.uk.Following the Safeguarding Summit, Mordaunt said four working groups, including civil society and independent experts, had been established, which will meet this week to refine and test ideas further and then report back on concrete actions in time for an international Safeguarding Conference to be hosted by the UK this autumn.New, enhanced and specific safeguarding Due Diligence standards for all organisations that DFID works with are also being piloted from this week before being rolled out, with no new funds to be approved to organisations unless they pass these new standards.Mordaunt also lists the initiatives agreed upon by major UK charities, the Charity Commission and DFID to improve safeguarding standards, which have been declared in a joint statement.Among other measures, Mordaunt states that she has written jointly with the Foreign Secretary and with the support of other donor countries to the UN Secretary-General, and recently hosted a roundtable and held meetings with senior UN partners, calling for a step change across all constituent parts of the UN. A donor group has also been established, she says, ‘to capitalise on our collective leverage to deliver changes across the international aid sector at the Safeguarding Conference.’Her statement finishes:“I am determined that the UK will continue to lead this agenda to drive up safeguarding standards across the sector and keep people safe from harm.” Melanie May | 21 March 2018 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Northern Ireland trust to close its doors

first_img Tagged with: Funding Northern Ireland  101 total views,  1 views today Advertisement Northern Ireland trust to close its doors About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  102 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2center_img Howard Lake | 21 June 2018 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 A Northern Ireland trust which has distributed over £12 million since it was set up ten years ago will wind up at the end of the year.In 2008 the Building Change Trust was established by the Big Lottery with a grant of £10 million as an investment for community capacity building and promotion of the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland. The original grant has grown due to investment gains.The “life-limited” Trust has supported the community and voluntary sector in Northern Ireland through the development, delivery of, and learning from a range or programmes including commissioned work, awards programmes and other interventions. Between now and December the resources held by the Trust will be used to support the community and voluntary sector to achieve more and better collaboration, increased sustainability and to be a learning sector which identifies, shares and acts on lessons of others’ actions. This work will be carried out across five areas:CollaborationSocial FinanceSocial InnovationInspiring ImpactCreating Space for Civic Thinking.The Trust’s Director of Operations Nigel McKinney told Scope magazine that the board decided to wind up a long time ago and was not seeking ‘to build an empire.’ He said he believed that the trust the organisation had built up would have been eroded if it had decided to continue, and  that this would have impaired the collaborative relationships it had built up.Last week the Trust shared its ‘Agenda for the Future’ report with MPs and other stakeholders at Westminster, asking for their future commitment to the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector in Northern Ireland.last_img read more

Beef Month Near as Grills get Busier

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Beef Month Near as Grills get Busier SHARE Minor Changes in June WASDE Report SHARE Lean Hogs HEM21 (JUN 21) 122.68 0.22 May is Beef MonthThe month of May means Mother’s Day, graduations, Memorial Day and the Indy 500. But May is also Beef Month, perfectly coinciding with warmer weather and acceleration of outdoor grilling activity. Joe Moore at Indiana Beef says there are real health benefits when you add beef to the grill.“Beef is an excellent source of nutrients for the amount of calories we consume when we have a piece of beef,” he said. “A 4-ounce portion of beef contains over twenty percent of 5 key nutrients that we need every day, protein, zinc, selenium, phosphorous, and vitamin B12. It’s a good source for four more, and the average 4 ounce portion is around 160-180 calories, so it’s really low in calories but high in nutritional value.”Visit https://www.indianabeef.org/ for great summertime beef recipes.Beef is also good for the Hoosier economy.“According to the State Board of Animal Health there are about 25,000+ premises in Indiana that are registered with cattle on them. That includes both beef and dairy, but those animals are also beef. We know that between feed dealers and equipment dealers and producers and retailers and food service operators, Indiana beef impacts thousands of people every day.”The total heads of Indiana cattle hovers around 900,000.May also brings the running of the Indianapolis Mini-marathon, and this year will be a first, according to Moore, for Indiana Team Beef at the Mini.“Indiana has joined many states in putting together a running team, and we call them Team Beef. We have put together a team of about 15 runners and there are some certain qualifications that people have to agree to, to be able to wear that Team Beef shirt. But people are very committed to nutrition, very committed to their health, and beef is a part of that.”Moore expects 4 runners Saturday to be wearing the Team Beef shirt. Moore is Executive Vice President Indiana Beef Cattle Association-Indiana Beef Council. Name Sym Last Change Wheat ZWN21 (JUL 21) 680.75 -3.00 Battle Resistance With the Soy Checkoff ‘Take Action’ Program Facebook Twitter Previous articleIndiana Planters Rolling But Problems PersistNext articleJohn Deere doesn’t own your tractor. But it may own your tractor’s software.   Andy Eubank RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Feeder Cattle GFQ21 (AUG 21) 151.18 2.78 Live Cattle LEM21 (JUN 21) 118.70 1.13 Corn ZCN21 (JUL 21) 684.50 -14.50 Soybean ZSN21 (JUL 21) 1508.50 -35.50 Facebook Twitter All quotes are delayed snapshots Beef Month Near as Grills get Busier By Andy Eubank – Apr 29, 2015 How Indiana Crops are Faring Versus Other States STAY CONNECTED5,545FansLike3,961FollowersFollow187SubscribersSubscribelast_img read more

Abdel Karim Al-Shaibani beaten up

first_img RSF_en Help by sharing this information News Organisation center_img March 12, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Abdel Karim Al-Shaibani beaten up Abdel Karim Al-Shaibani, a reporter for the satellite TV station Al-Hurra, was beaten up by thugs on a Sanaa street. last_img

Reversing decision, Egypt continues to hold Al Jazeera journalist

first_img News News Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Egypt is ranked 163rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. RSF_en Organisation “As well as being cruel, the decision to keep Mahmoud Hussein in detention has no legal basis,” RSF’s Middle East desk said. “Bringing new charges against him and again depriving him of a lawyer underscore the arbitrary nature of his imprisonment. We call for his immediate release and the withdrawal of all charges against him.” to go further Despite being held without trial for more than two and a half years, and despite his family’s expectation that he would be freed at any moment, Mahmoud Hussein is to remain in detention. Instead of being released, he has been taken back to the same detention centre and is now the subject of a new investigation. And once again, he has been interrogated without a lawyer being present.His daughter, who had been preparing for his release, reports that she tried to visit him but was refused permission. EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Imprisoned February 1, 2021 Find out more February 6, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Imprisoned Help by sharing this information Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison News Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Follow the news on Egypt News May 29, 2019 Reversing decision, Egypt continues to hold Al Jazeera journalist Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the decision by Egypt’s judicial authorities to continuing holding Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein after previously deciding five days ago to release him conditionally, and calls for the withdrawal of all charges against him. January 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Colombian candidates urged to respect journalists’ work

first_img Reports to go further 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Christophe DeloireReporters Without Borders secretary-general Related documents Carta a candidatos 2014PDF – 213.67 KB News Help by sharing this information RSF_en ColombiaAmericas ColombiaAmericas RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia October 21, 2020 Find out morecenter_img May 22, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Colombian candidates urged to respect journalists’ work Receive email alerts News April 27, 2021 Find out more News To the 25 May presidential election candidatesClara López Enrique Peñalosa Marta Lucía Ramírez Juan Manuel Santos Calderón Óscar Iván Zuluaga Dear Presidential Candidates,Reporters Without Borders, an international organization that defends freedom of information, would like to remind you before the 25 May presidential election of the crucial importance for the public interest of what journalists do and the need to guarantee their security at all times in order to ensure a peaceful democratic climate.The successful presidential candidate must treat media freedom and the fight against impunity for crimes of violence against journalists as priorities for Colombia, which is ranked 126th out of 180 countries in our organization’s press freedom index.Reporters Without Borders asks you to make it a point of honour to ensure that the safety of journalists is respected during these sensitive elections. Colombia’s voters are going to the polls just weeks after riot police attacked four journalists who were covering May Day demonstrations in Medellín. One of these journalists, Esteban Vanegas, was improperly accused of attacking the police.Twelve days later, riot police fired teargas at photographer José Luis Torres, RCN Noticias reporter Eider Marines and Telenoticias reporter Jhon Fredy Ocoró as they were covering a protest against the lack of drinking water in the western city of Buenaventura. In the absence of any reaction from the city’s police chief, many of its journalists went on strike.It is essential that the presidential candidates should undertake to end the impunity enjoyed by those responsible for threats, physical attacks and murders targeting journalists in Colombia. Reporters Without Borders has registered 19 murders of media personnel in connection with their work during the past 12 years and three presidential terms. They all remain unsolved except that of Efraín Alberto Varela Noriega in the western department of Arauca in 2002, whose murderer was sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2007.The fact that murders committed before 2000 are subject to a 20-year statute of limitations make this level of impunity all the more disturbing. Colombia should treat murders of journalists as crimes against humanity – which are not subject to any statute of limitations under Colombian and international law – as it has done in the case of the murders of José Eustorgio Colmenares Baptista and Guillermo Cano. The statute of limitations took effect in January of this year for the 28 January 1994 murder of Jesús Medina Parra. If nothing is done, impunity will also be eternal for the 27 May 1994 murder of Abelardo Martín Pinzón and the 3 September 1994 murder of Martín Eduardo Múnera.Reporters Without Borders reiterates its request to the authorities to set up a proper protection mechanism for professional and non-professional journalists by reinforcing the interior ministry’s National Protection Unit programmes. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights stressed this need in its latest report on freedom of expression on 23 April.Yonni Stevens Caicedo, a journalist working for local TV stations TV Noticias and Más Noticias, was murdered on 19 February, seven months after receiving death threats. Reporters Without Borders had criticized the ineffectiveness of the measures taken by local police after the initial threats.In outlying regions, the danger to journalists may also come from agricultural or industrial quarters, as was the case with Exequiel Henao Guzmán of Radio Super de Popoyán, who was threatened by three people, presumably mine employees, while researching a story about the San Antonio mine collapse, near the southwestern town of Santander de Quilichao, on 4 May. The day before, Radio Tulúa journalist Eugenio Lucas was the target of a grenade attack at his home. Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to investigate these threats thoroughly in order to identify those responsible and ensure that the threats are not carried out.I take this opportunity to draw your attention to the fact that, as in 25 other Latin American countries, media offences are still punishable by imprisonment in Colombia. Only Uruguay and Argentina have abolished prison sentences for libel, slander and insults. Reform hopes were raised in Colombia by a supreme court decision in July 2013 quashing a jail sentence for newspaper editor Luis Agustín González in a libel case. Unfortunately, there has been no progress since then.I thank you in advance for the attention you give to this letter.Sincerely, RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America May 13, 2021 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on Colombialast_img read more

First United Methodist Church Pasadena Welcomes its New Pastor

first_img First United Methodist Church Pasadena welcomes their new pastor, Rev. N. Adiel A. DePano, who will begin his appointment with the church on Sunday, July 1, 2012, when he will give his first sermon as lead pastor at 10am. Rev. DePano brings 21 years of ministry experience with gifts of healing, energy, motivation and a readiness to lead the church in a collaborative worship.Rev. DePano was born in Manila, Philippines in 1960. He is the fourth child of nine born to Nathanael, a lawyer and former Presiding Justice of the Philippines Court of Appeals, and Aurora, a school teacher and former head of a home economics department. He is a fourth-generation United Methodist minister.After receiving his Master of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology, Rev. DePano served his internship at Rosewood UMC in Los Angeles.FUMC welcomes everyone to join in celebration during this historic time at FUMC Pasadena, which is located at 500 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, and on the web at www.fumcpasadena.org Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff Community News Business News Top of the News Herbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeauty Faith & Religion News First United Methodist Church Pasadena Welcomes its New Pastor Published on Thursday, June 28, 2012 | 2:39 pmcenter_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it last_img read more

Water works in pipeline for Buncrana & Twin Towns

first_img Google+ Water works in pipeline for Buncrana & Twin Towns Pinterest Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Irish Water will shortly submit planning applications to Donegal County Council for upgrades to two separate wastewater treatment schemes in the county.The planning proposals for both Buncrana Sewerage Scheme and Ballybofey-Stranorlar Sewerage Scheme will include upgrades to the sewer network and pumping stations.Irish Water says that these upgrades will address capacity deficiencies and also reduce the risk of sewer flooding and storm overflows.The completed project will also allow for social and economic growth in the surrounding areas, and ensure the treatment of wastewater is fully compliant with current legislation.The planning application for Buncrana which will be submitted shortly, will include provision of storm water storage at the Westbrook Pumping Station and an upgrade to parts of the sewer network to increase its capacity and reduce overflows.Works will take place in the following locations: Cahir O‘Doherty Avenue, Aileach Road, Railway Road, Cockhill Road and Westbrook Pumping Station.Proposed upgrades for the Ballybofey-Stranorlar Sewerage Scheme will include replacement of the existing pumping station at Navenny and flood alleviation measures to protect the site from flooding.The proposed upgrade works will resolve ongoing overflows and flooding from the St Joseph’s Pumping Station. There is also a proposal to upgrade parts of the sewer network to increase its capacity and eliminate overflows.As part of this project works will take place in the following locations: Mill Brae Road, Chapel Lane, Chapel Close, Stranorlar Main Street, Navenny Street, Chestnut Road, St Joseph’s Pumping Station and Navenny Pumping Station. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows By News Highland – August 26, 2020 Homepage BannerNews Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Previous articleDonegal school principals ‘working round the clock’Next articleBusiness Matters Ep 8 – Paddy Harte News Highland Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Google+last_img read more

Lois Finlay retires from Women’s Life Center

first_img Published 11:00 pm Thursday, July 25, 2013 Finlay came to the center on God’s third call.“When we moved back to Troy from Montgomery, my plan was to work with older people,” Finlay said. “I had retired as chief financial officer of the Autauga County School System and was looking forward to the possibility of working with the elderly. But God had another plan for me.”Finlay first heard about the opening for the administrator’s position at the Women’s Family Life Center in her Sunday school class. The next time was from the pulpit of her church. “Then, a friend mentioned the opening to me and that’s when I said, ‘OK, God, I’ll listen.”For Finlay, the administrator’s position was a leap of faith.“It was a different kind of situation from anything I had done before,” she said. “I had a lot to learn, but I’m a mom and that was a good place to start. I also had two grandchildren that were unplanned and nieces that were adopted. And, I just knew that I was in the right place.”Being the director of the Women’s Life Center was a challenge but the biggest challenge was getting people to understand the need. Print Article Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Book Nook to reopen By The Penny Hoarder Sponsored Content Skip You Might Like CHHS grad receives AKA Pink-Hat Scholarship Kendra Hampton is the recipient of the Kappa Pi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha. Kendra Hampton, a 2013 Charles… read more Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Latest Stories “Often, if something doesn’t affect you, it’s hard to see it,” Finlay said. “Unless you walk in that door, it’s hard to understand the need for a center like this. Sometimes single moms are judged too quickly but there’s a story behind each and every one of them.”Finlay said that God has a plan for each child.“And, it’s important that these women know that when they are making decisions that affect lives,” she said. “We are seeing more women consider adoptions now than we did four years ago. And adoptions are different. There are open adoptions so the mother can have contact with the child. That makes in easier for young women to choose adoption over abortion.“At the Women’s Life Center, it is our mission to save lives. We’re not always able to do that but we are encouraged by the lives that are saved. What has been extremely encouraging this year is that we have had 10 client weddings since January. That’s an indication that marriage is a viable option for some.”Those couples who walk down the aisle, the women who chose adoption and those who choose to raise their babies are the rewards that Finlay has received.“There have been many challenges but the rewards far, far exceed the challenges,” she said. “When a young mother came in with a big smile on her face and a baby in her arms, that’s when I knew that it’s all worthwhile.” Email the author Lois Finlay retires from Women’s Life Center Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By Jaine Treadwell Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day After four years as administrator of the Women’s Life Center in Troy, Lois Finlay is retiring to have more time to spend with her family.“And, my husband is going to be real happy to have me at home,” Finlay said, with a smile. “All of us here at the Women’s Family Center are like family and I’m going to miss everyone but I’ll be around. This center is a part of me.”After four years as administrator of the Women’s Life Center in Troy, Lois Finlay will retire.A reception will be held in Finlay’s honor from 2 until 4 p.m. Sunday at the Women’s Life Center on South Three Notch Street in Troy. Everyone is invited to attend and celebrate her time at the center.last_img read more