It amazes me that we can get more people to rally around animal rights than our own children.

I know a lovely woman who as a young aunt took in her sister’s children, here is her story:

“I lost a 2 1/2 year old nephew to shaking syndrome. This poor baby didn’t stand a chance; two parents who NEVER should have had children (and one of them was my younger sister)!  I will continue to be a voice for these voiceless victims until the day I die!”  People have asked her how she would stop child abuse her reply is:  “By continuing to speak up for the rights of children! It amazes me that we can get more people to rally around animal rights than our own children. Things have changed since I lost my nephew but it is a long and slow process. The key is to never give up!”

What you can also do is stand up for a child who may be being abused.  You can call Child Protective Services anonymously.  There are organizations you can join if you wish to be active in the solution; in Lansing, Family Growth Center is always looking for volunteers.  I know of Family Growth Center from personal experience.  I both volunteered and had our eldest children in programs there, that was about 25 years ago.  Family Growth, affectionately called FG, is a very nurturing place for both mom and child.

Here is what they say about themselves from their website:

Family Growth Center (FGC) provides free drop-in respite childcare to families in crisis and parents who need a “stress” break. Childcare is provided by a highly skilled and compassionate staff in a licensed facility.  The FGC provides quality care for children from 6 weeks old through age 5.

During days of operation, hours are 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM/ 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM for both locations.

During the School Months (September – May),
the Family Growth Center is open on the following days:

Monday: University United Methodist Church,  1120 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823

Tuesday – Thursday: Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church,
549 E. Mt. Hope, Lansing, MI 48910

During the Summer Months (June, July & August),
the Family Growth Center is open on the following days:

Monday: University United Methodist Church, 1120 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823

Tuesday – Thursday: Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church

549 E. Mt. Hope, Lansing, MI 48910

Other aspects of the Family Growth Center
include the following:

        • FGC operates a small food, toy and clothing bank for FGC families in need.
       

• FGC helps connect families to other community resources in support of 

         employment, housing, health, and legal needs.

Please call (517) 371-1347, for more information. 

You can make a difference by volunteering just a few hours
a week to the Family Growth Center.

You can also help in the following ways:

        • You can provide your assistance by adopting a family at special times of the
year or donating toys or games for the holidays—making holiday dreams come
true for needy children and their families.

        • You can choose to help lower our costs by donating much needed
office supplies or equipment.

        • You can also help by giving generously through a financial donation
to the Family Growth Center.

For more information on this and other Child Abuse Prevention Services programs, contact Kathy Kelly, CAPS program director, at (517) 484-8444 or email to kathykelly@childandfamily.org.

Is a spiritual director working helping moms find God in the everyday. She has been a spiritual director since 1998: worked as a Director of Religious Education for Holy Cross Parish(2000-2005), was Director of Project Rachel, a healing ministry for Post Abortive women(1999-2000). Patty worked a social worker for Catholic Social Services (1988 - 1995) Then studied for spiritual direction at the Dominican Center of Religious Studies, DeWitt Michigan

She is married 20 years and has four children

She has a BS/BA in social work from Aquinas College, CSD Certified Spiritual Director

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