Mission: Dallas life, inc. /thrive women's clinic is a life affirming faith-based christian ministry that works with women and their partners in unexpected pregnancies. Our mission is: to extend christ-like love in a compassionate and responsive manner that values the family and empowers women and their partners to chose life. Our non-judgmental approach allows women to investigate their pregnancy options in an environment that does not financially benefit from their decisions. We engage, educate and empower our clients through education, pregnancy tests and sonograms, all offered free of cost. Per state requirements, clients learn about fetal development and abortion procedures and risks. We equip them through weekly parenting education to prepare them as parents when they continue with their pregnancies. Our goal is to advance them in their lives through pregnancy and parenting education, life-skills training, bible study and referrals to other organizations. Thrive provided one-on-one emotion
Programs: Client services program: thrive women's clinic provided one-on-one, educational mentoring and classes, lay-counseling, emotional and spiritual support to 2623 unduplicated clients seen monday through thursdays from 9:30am -5:30pm at our east and west dallas locations, tuesdays through fridays at our central dallas location, monday and thursday evenings from 5:30pm - 9pm at east dallas clinic, tuesday evenings from 5:30 - 9pm at our central dallas clinic and bi-weekly on saturday mornings from 9am - 1pm at our west dallas clinic. Sessions lasted about one and a half hours each and were supported by 3,638 volunteer hours valued at $46,217. 116 in-kind donations of clothing and material goods were made and valued at $12,839. The gospel was often shared in our counseling sessions and volunteers often pray for the clients. We recorded 34 new professions of faith in christ in 2014. Our objective was to educate women and their partners on fetal development and empower them through our support services to carry their babies to term and either parent them or place them for adoption. In 2014 86% of our pregnant clients chose to carry their unborn children to term. Of the 528 abortion minded and at risk for abortion clients, we know of 323 clients (61%) chose life for their unborn children. Our educational mentoring program is a 6 week to 5 year program aimed at moving our clients forward in their lives, preparing them for childbirth, parenting and equipping them with new life skills. We had 803 individual one hour sessions with our educational program in 2014. Of those clients 68 participated in our three-week group prepared childbirth classes to prepare for the upcoming birth of their babies. Clients who participated in this education earned in-kind goods for their nurseries and babies. In collaboration with two church partners we hosted a mother's day luncheon and christmas party for our clients and their families. About 108 attended each party. 99 volunteers participated in supporting these client programs. Within our client services program is a temporary housing program: thrive's program is an experimental one to help families who are on the verge of homelessness avoid that devastating experience. We aim to keep the family together and to also save their unborn children. This program is one of extensive case management with the intent of moving clients to independence as quickly as possible. The case manager provided assisted clients in guiding them to collaborative agencies that could provide resources like food stamps, child care and job training. Thrive's case manager also provided educational life skills along with emotional and spiritual support. Those life skills included: parenting education; mentoring; budgeting; interview and communication skills; resume building and bible study. Clients signed a contract and were held accountable for their progress. The goal was for clients to reach independence within a year of the program. One family of four was able to reach independence within 7 months and another family of four joined the program in december and is working toward independence.
clinic services program: this program, executed with a medical team of 33 nurses, doctors and sonographers, provided free medical care including free pregnancy tests, medical history reviews and sonograms. Thrive facilitated 2341 visits to our clinics. 1412 sonograms were performed and 1709 pregnancy tests conducted which verified 1,576 pregnancies for medicaid. There are many collaborating agencies that refer to thrive which we also refer to as appropriate. Hours of operation are: jupiter clinic mondays and thursdays: 10:30am - 8pm and tuesdays and wednesdays: 10:30am - 5:30pm, greenville ave. Center: mondays, wednesdays and fridays from 10:30am - 5:30pm and tuesdays 11am - 8pm. West dallas clinic: mondays through thursdays 10:30am- 3:30pm and bi-weekly on saturdays from 9:30am - 1:30pm. Our medical care is oriented to women in unexpected pregnancies who need pregnancy confirmation, accurate due dates for their deliveries or women who may be considering abortion. The clinic staff and medical volunteers educated our clients regarding the fetal development of their babies through ultrasound technology as well as personal care during pregnancy. In the clinic nurses checked clients' blood pressure and weight and answered concerns they had regarding their pregnancies. Our volunteer doctors reviewed and confirmed our clients' charts and met with them regarding pregnancy concerns. Volunteer nurse, sonographer and physician hours amounted to 1,389 and were valued at $47,444.
public awareness program: this program educated our community through four fundraising events and 35 speaking opportunities/community fairs/ministry tours on our services addressing more than 19,773 people. Our nurses educated students in science and health classrooms on fetal development. 95 volunteers participated in lending support to the public awareness program. We held a women's fundraising brunch, fundraising dinner and two golf tournaments to bring awareness of our ministry and raise funding for our organization. The volunteer hours provided were 915. Through our speaking opportunities and special trainings we educated the public at large about our ministry and free services as well as: evangelism; fetal development; abortion; sexually transmitted diseases; and post abortion stress disorder.