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August 25, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
August 25, 2010

Faith Aloud is a wonderfully diverse faith-based organization that helps indivduals and providers with fantastic resources for women. The message of acceptance and self-determination is universal.

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We are able to provide our clients with resources to take home and share with loved ones. We love to be able to display their materials in our waiting room and show our support.

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2010

August 22, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
August 22, 2010

Faith Aloud provides an affirming, faith-based voice, counseling women who have had or are considering abortion. If it were not for this organization, many women would not have access to an alternative perspective from the faith community that states that they are children of God, no matter what, and that there is nothing that can separate them from the love of God (Romans). As a counselor, pastor, and mother of three daughters, I would not hesitate to refer anyone to this service. They offer guidance, not decisions, and reflect the great commandment -- to love God and to love neighbor.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

counseling women. Most have been post-abortion and of conservative faith backgrounds. They believed, without exception, that abortion had forever distanced them from God and the church. My role was to reassure them of God's love.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to provide a rational, balanced, voice of faith to women in life-altering circumstances. Communicating love of God, especially to those who consider themselves unloveable or unclean, is perhaps the most important thing I've ever done.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 20, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
August 20, 2010

I am honored to be a board member for Faith Aloud, as I was for its predecessor (Missouri Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice). Faith Aloud provides counseling services and support for women who are making difficult reproductive choices. Faith Aloud is comprised of people from all faith traditions who support reproductive choices. I have worked extensively with its executive director, the Rev. Rebecca Turner, who sensitively and passionately advocates for women.

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I have been a counselor and guest speaker for this organization. I have presented the Jewish views on reproductive choice to legislators, synagogue and church members, and others. People are pleased to know that many religions support women's choice.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting people from different religious traditions who feel passionately about their religion and passionately about this organization and the pro-choice movement as a whole.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

truly amazing! They are passionate about the work of Faith Aloud and very knowledgeable about the pro-choice movement as well as the various religious traditions represented. I am proud to be a volunteer for this organization!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

get the message across to the entire country that we should support women who are making difficult reproductive choices and that our legislators -- both national and state -- should butt out of women's private lives.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 19, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
August 19, 2010

FA is a refreshing approach to faith/ethical education/services. E.D. skilled in collaborative programming and highly respected by agencies and legislators. I write as former E.D. under Missouri RCRC also chair of national board. FA offers comprehensive smart approach to range of shared concerns. I'm hugely proud of their young achievements!

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watching Transition from MO Religious Coalition to new creative smart organization. Use of new technologies to build partnerships is stunning. During change ED has retained core leaders while engaging new leadership.

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2010

August 18, 2010

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August 18, 2010

I was a board member with Faith Aloud, during my years the MO Religous Coalition for Reproductive Choice, for four years or so, After attending trainings as an all-options counselor around helping women deal with concerns around unexpected or unwanted pregnancies, I answered and responded by phone to women who wanted to discuss faith and their desires to choose an abortion as the sensible path given their current circumstance. Executive Director Rebecca Turner and her staff did a consistantly superior job of providing educational training, support and guidance as needs arose. The program to recognize heroes in the Choice Movement, those committed to protecting the reproductive health and rights of women, and to stand with women who chose to exercise their right to an abortion found me donning my collar to stand silently with and on behalf of women, often carrying a sign that said "pro-faith, pro-family, pro-choice," or a similar sentiment. Faith Aloud addresses the hurting women's need in our communities, who because of the loud voices of the religious right (which is neither), assume that there are no supportive folk in the faith community. By honoring these women's stories, and standing in solidarity with them, those of us who believe that God's love and justice requires our graceful presence at the side of the hurting and the "least of these" while many on the other side of the discussion choose to scream and call them names, proved a profound and faith shaping exercise for me. I apprecate Rev. Turner's leadership, and that of Faith Aloud. They remind us to speak up and out about our convictions, to not be silent while so many rage like the wind. Women on the front lines of the war over reproductive rights need allies, support and encouragement, and I'm proud to have played a role in the work of Faith Aloud on their behalf.

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a variety of settings. At the abortion clinic in Illinois where we went to support the staff which was looking for answers to some of their spiritual concerns after listening to the hateful voices of protesters week after week. And from women in need.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make sure they had more staff. Too little financial support has often left the small staff over-worked and yet with many things they would like to accomplish undone... Faith Aloud is an amazing work, and I'd like to see it grow and stretch in influence.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the staff, the commitment to stand with and on behalf of women, the interfaith element in the board members, the work itself and the good spirit of the co-workers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

diverse folk, Jews & Christians mostly, mostly women... spirited, youthful, energetic, committed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

speak out on behalf of the reproductive health of women, work for glbt equity and equality, speak out from science to issues of faith and practice that the religious right often uses to dominate in the so-called culture wars.

Ways to make it better...

they'd had more staff to work with... the limits of the success of the organization were largely financial, which kept the staffing to a minimum... but what they did with what the had, that's worth celebrating.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

visibility, staffing, fundraising... these continue to be concerns going forward.

One thing I'd also say is that...

if there's a better organization supporting the reproductive rights of women from a faith community perspective I've yet to see it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 18, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
August 18, 2010

081810 Yesterday's Board of Directors meeting was the most professional, efficacious, and kindly environment for any board meeting i've experienced to-date. What a privilege to be within this healthy learning and work environment! great kudos to Faith Aloud!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Training of clergy counselors.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 16, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
August 16, 2010

Faith Aloud helps people who are in spiritual turmoil find peace that releases them from the drain of guilt and shame when choosing to abort a problem pregnancy. Their writings, phone counseling, and videos are a powerful comfort and strength in the midst of anti-abortion bombardment when women are making a major life decision to end a pregnancy. When patients come to The Hope Clinic for Women, where I work, and are assailed by loud, judgmental protesters as they walk in to the clinic, Faith Aloud materials salve the wounds and strengthen people's faith in a God of love and mercy. I've seen these materials make the difference between a patient having a distressing, painful abortion and one that is physically more bearable due to their sense of spiritual peace.

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the emotional and spiritual relief our patients show after they have read materials or watched the Faith Aloud video.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them a huge financial boost, so Faith Aloud could spread all over the U.S. and Canada.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The Director uses the experience of the abortion care providers - especially those of us who are counselors - and is both creative and prolific in writing materials and making videos that are PERFECT (relevant, user-friendly, empowering) for our patients!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

committed, friendly, knowledgeable, and energetic.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a positive impact on so many more people who are suffering spiritually because the well-financed anti-abortion fanatics use religion to shame and condemn good people making hard reproductive decisions.

Ways to make it better...

It couldn't have been better!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial backing.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The world would be a better place if Faith Aloud would have a strong presence in every major city!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 16, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
August 16, 2010

You made me see that the decision to carry s pregnancy to delivery can be a very difficult one, and that a woman has to live with the results of that decision for the rest of her life. She also makes that decision based on her hopes and dreams, that unfortunately don't always work out the way she had planned. I feel this organization offers counseling to help girls make informed choices based on their individual situation. Keep up the good work.

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Facebook interaction.

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2010

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August 16, 2010

This is a great organization that works with the clergy of all faiths to provide counseling to women regarding reproductive choices. They are honest, sincere, and promote no religious agenda: just one of openness and honesty.

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I've the positive impact they have on the lives of those they serve.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Fabulous!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 16, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
August 16, 2010

Faith Aloud is an organization I am proud to refer my patients to. Finally, the support so many women are looking for is available through wonderful pro-choices clergy members. I am delighted to talk about Faith Aloud with my patients and give them literature and refer as necessary. Rev Turner has worked tirelessly to promote well-being and reduce stigma. The materials offered are incredibly helpful and conversation provoking in counseling sessions.

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my work. I have shared many materials especially the business cards with clients in need of spirtual counsel before and after abortion.

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2010

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