Hands and Feet: Meet Our Volunteers

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If you’ve been following our social media, you may have noticed that we’ve been talking a lot about our volunteers. Between our Open Houses, trainings, and upcoming All Staff & Volunteer Gathering, we make an effort to put a lot of time and energy into equipping and loving our volunteers. That’s because these wonderful women and men are truly the life-blood of the Care Center. We have always been and will continue to be a volunteer-led and staff-supported organization.

That being said, we want to take this week to continue our ongoing blog series which introduces you to some of our lovely volunteers. We want you to hear firsthand the “why” behind what leads these women and men to serve. If you’ve missed our past volunteer highlights, you can check them out here, here, here, and here!

This week we are excited to introduce you to…Hope Wade!

Meet Hope Wade


How long have you been volunteering at GPCC?
I have been volunteering at Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center since March of this year! I serve as a peer advocate on the mobile unit. As a peer advocate, I meet with clients when they come onto the unit for pregnancy tests or STI tests. While one of our fabulous nurses completes the medical services, I provide the client with resources and education to help them face their unplanned pregnancy. We offer physical resources, like parenting classes, life skills classes, information on Medicaid, local OB/GYNs, and so much more.

However, one of the most important things I do as a peer advocate is meet emotional and spiritual needs. If our clients allow us, we talk about God and His plan for our lives; that his plan is for us to have a personal relationship with Him by sending Jesus to live in our place and die for our sins in our place. We also talk about God’s design for relationships, marriage, sex, families and children, as our clients allow.

What do you do when you’re not volunteering?
When I’m not volunteering, you can find me in class at UNCG, serving in the college ministry at Lawndale Baptist Church, working at Wellspring as a Certified Nursing Assistant, or hanging out with my friends and family. I love to drink coffee, watch Netflix, and play board games!

How did you first hear about GPCC and what made you want to get involved?
I first heard about the Care Center when my church participated in the baby bottle fundraiser. We were challenged to fill a baby bottle with spare change to raise money to empower men and women to choose life for their unborn children. I got involved through hearing my freshman year college roommate, Alex, talk about her experiences as a volunteer. I had just changed my major from Nursing to Human Development and Family Studies to pursue ministry and was looking for a place to volunteer that aligned with the passion God gave me for families and children. When I discovered that the Care Center offered a holistic approach to facing unplanned pregnancies through their mission of caring for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals by embodying Christians principles and values, I was on board and eager to go through the volunteer training to partner in their mission.

What do you enjoy the most about being a volunteer?
The thing I most enjoy about being a volunteer is being able to meet the clients where they are in their heartache, shock, confusion and loneliness and being able to share with them the love and mercy of Jesus and the hope we have through a personal relationship with Him. I enjoy seeing their faces light up when they see the ultrasound pictures of their baby and knowing that they feel prepared to choose life for their unborn baby.  

What is the most challenging part of being a volunteer?
The most challenging part of being a volunteer is getting out of my comfort zone. I am a 19-year-old college student who isn’t married and has never been through a crisis pregnancy. Even though I cannot fully relate to what the clients are going through, I know that I can still offer valuable insight through the success stories of other clients and the training the Care Center equipped me with.  

What would you say to someone who is interested in volunteering but nervous about getting involved?
I would tell someone on the fence about getting involved to RSVP for an Open House! Volunteering at the Care Center looks different for everyone depending on your gifts and skills. Being a volunteer is so rewarding and helps you serve the city of Greensboro in a unique and personal way. God led me to join the GPCC team and I am so glad He did!

Why do you think the mission of the Care Center is important for Christians to be involved with?
I think it is important for Christians to be involved with the Care Center because this ministry is truly focused on not only meeting physical needs, but also the spiritual needs of clients by sharing the gospel, offering the Titus 2 mentorship program, and getting clients plugged into a local church. The mission of the Care Center cannot thrive unless believers are praying for, giving to, and volunteering with GPCC.

Mark 16:15 says, “[Jesus] said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.’” We are fulfilling God’s desire when we go into our community and share the good news of Jesus. To support God’s good creation in the sanctity of human life, we have to share with others that each human life has a unique purpose and was created in God’s image. In supporting the Care Center, you support that mission!

What’s your all-time favorite meal and dessert?
My all time favorite meal and dessert would have to be chicken tenders and mac and cheese (I’m basically a five year old at heart), with a pizookie for dessert. It’s a cookie skillet with ice cream on top!

 

Think You’d Like to Give it a Try?

If you are interested in learning more about getting connected with GPCC, check out our volunteer webpage to read about our current needs. You can also sign up for our next Open House, which is the first step to getting started as a volunteer. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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