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IRTHRIGHTPregnancy Aid Center of Harford County, Inc.
Winter 2014Our Mission: To assist women in a crisis pregnancy to carry their baby to term.
Contact Information38 East Gordon StreetBel Air, Maryland 21014
Office HoursMonday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
DirectorsCarol Maglov, Executive Director
Elyse Colao, Admin. Assistant
Board of DirectorsJames R. DeCapite, C.P.A.
Jon J. Bellantoni, MDVice President
Carol M. Murrow,Treasurer
Laura L. Henninger, Esq.Secretary
Carol A. MaglovExecutive Director
Bernadette M. WendelMember
Christopher J. Yeung, PhDMember
Who is the Face of Birthright?January marked the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion in the United States of America. It also marked 41 years since Birthright of Bel Air opened up our doors to serve the women of Harford County. Over the years thousands of women have passed through our doors looking for someone who will listen when no one else can or will. Someone who will not judge them, but love them no matter what their final decision.
After all these years people still have questions about what we do and whom we serve. Who really is the face of Birthright? After giving it some thought it occurred to me that the answer to that question gets right to the heart of what we do. Who is the face of Birthright.... Its the teenage girl who comes in for a pregnancy test and gets compassion and love no matter the result.... Its the teen who leaves her parents home because shes pregnant and her parents want her to have an abortion but she needs support and someone to listen to how she feels....its the twenty-something thats in college, finds out shes pregnant and is uncertain about her future or how a baby fits into that future...its the single mom who needs clothes and diapers to tide her over a few days - so she comes in for assistance but stays just a little longer because she feels safe and loved...its the single 40 year old who finds shes pregnant and this may be her last chance to be a mom....its the woman who chooses life for her unborn child but knows she cannot give that child a secure home so she comes to Birthright to speak with a volunteer that can put her in touch with adoption agencies...its the woman who had come in to Birthright years before when she was in crisis, and whom over the years has lifted herself and her child out of poverty and now wants to give back to Birthright to thank us for helping her when she was in need....its the volunteer for Birthright that opens the front door and then opens up her heart to the woman on the other side....its the generous people in our community, the churches, and the schools that donate to us year round so we can continue to keep our doors open.
So next time someone asks you about Birthright of Bel Air think of those faces and those lives that we touch 6 days a week 52 weeks a year.IRTHRIGHT Pregnancy Aid Center of Harford County, Inc.
38 East Gordon Street Bel Air, MD 21014
NONPROFIT ORG.U.S. POSTAGE PAID
BEL AIR, MDPERMIT NO. 1029
Birthright has ministered to the people of Harford and the surrounding communities for over 30 years. All Birthright services are free and confidential. Birthright is supported solely by individuals and a few local churches. We receive no State or Federal money. Birthright never has and never will sell, lend, or give your name or address to any other organization. You have our word!
Yes, I wish to help BIRTHRIGHT of Harford County to assist anyone facing an unplanned pregnancy. To realize and to choosean alternative to abortion that saves the babys life and gives the mother a life worth living.
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Free Services OfferedPregnancy Test
Community Resource Center
Prepare to Parent Program
One on one lay counseling
Layettes, diapers, and baby clothes
Post abortion support
Referral to Trusted Sources:
Pre-Natal Medical Care
Substances Abuse Centers
Low or No Cost Baby Furniture
Our Organization is:Confidential
Birthright has helped thousands
of people in Harford, Cecil,
Baltimore, & York Counties for
the past forty-one years. We
are committed to helping those
in need, regardless of their age,
race, religion, or marital status.
If you would like to receive our quarterly newsletter by email, visit our website www.birthrightofbelair.org and sign up. Please call or drop us a note if you want to be removed from our paper mailing list. This is not done automatically when you sign up for the email.
We are unable to give out baby furniture from our office. St. Marks church in Fallston will store baby furniture and pass them on to Birthright clients free of charge. If you have baby furniture to donate, please contact St. Marks at 410-879-9110.
Wonderful VolunteersGoing back over forty years, we have served thousands of women who were pregnant or thought they were pregnant. We have helped our clients administer pregnancy tests and spent hours talking through their situation and offering support without judgment. We have a large ministry of helping with maternity clothes, baby clothes, diapers, baby food, and other needed items. We have a growing education and mentoring ministry. We make referrals for adoption, medical, legal, housing, abuse, post abortion healing, and professional counseling. We serve women and families in crisis, and work with residents of Harford, Baltimore, Cecil County, and Southern Pennsylvania. All our services are free and confidential.
Birthright of Bel Air has over 45 dedicated volunteers who keep unfailingly to their schedules here on East Gordon Street. They guarantee that we are open and ready to help anyone who come to see us. The phone is always answered and our door is open. The volunteers are currently working with 327 open client cases.
Often when a woman who come to Birthright she sees no other choice but abortion. With a great deal of love and patience our devoted volunteer walks her through the decision, keeping in mind that we can only care for the mother as she is the only one who can care for her baby. In the end the choice is hers to make. We do not take lightly the struggles that she goes through. We do not judge her for feeling the obstacles are too high. What we strive to do is remove some of those obstacles, and if we do, there is a good chance she will carry her baby.
Every child born is celebrated in our office. Our mothers thank us over and over again when they bring their new baby in for a visit. Many times when we meet a newborn, we am reminded that Mother was planning an abortion before coming to Birthright. This brings us back to our volunteers. The Birthright volunteers give all they have to the client. When a client calls or comes to the office all the focus goes to her. The volunteer is there for no other reason than to minister to this person, regardless of what the need is. We have several new volunteers and others who have been with us for 20 years and more. They are from different backgrounds and each has their special gift. All are unselfish and totally devoted to Birthright. As we could not exist without our generous donors, we could not further the work of Birthright without the unwavering and loyal support of our volunteers.
Pictured is Dawn Miller and Brianna Brinkley with some of the
15 quilts they made.
Brianna BrinkleyWe knew early on that Brianna Brinkley was a special young woman. Brianna chose Birthright for her Girl Scout Gold Award Project and decided on quilts for our new moms. Brianna contacted Dawn Miller and The Blockheads from Flying Geese Quilt Guild, to help her. What they brought us was more than blankets; they are beautiful works of art. It is their way to give honor and celebrate the birth of a child.
While Brianna was making quilts she was also making a short film on abstinence entitled, Its My Own Affair. She brought together students from different schools, age, and ethnicity to speak on the culture of sex, advertising, social media, and peer pressure. Brianna speaks of the consequences of sex and the reality of the crisis that is involved