St. Augustine Woman's Journal - Educational Resource to the Women of St. Johns County Since 2009

St. Gerard Fashion Show Fundraiser Welcomes the Child

 

November 1, 2018 | View PDF



A s St. Gerard Campus prepares to welcome the child Jesus this holiday season, they also are preparing for their annual Fashion Show fundraiser. In keeping with their mission to welcome the child it is important to note St. Gerard Campus welcomes children of the students and those who find out they are pregnant at St. Gerard’s Pregnancy Center throughout the year. Donations from the community are crucial to funding the services provided to the pregnant and new moms that rely on St. Gerard for services and their education and/or housing in the dormitory.

Somewhat like Joseph and Mary looking for shelter for the birth of Jesus. The young ladies who use St. Gerard’s services are looking for shelter from the effects of a world that sometimes looks harshly and with distain at the situation these young ladies find themselves.

Services include a high school where education is emphasized to help elevate them to realize the need for knowledge and training to succeed after they leave St. Gerard. Some of the young ladies are homeless, or have no family members that can provide housing, and for them St. Gerard provides a residence where they can live and learn with the support of volunteers, teachers and staff. There is an on-site Day Care where their children are cared for while they are in classes; the Day Care also provides some early childhood education to assist these young mothers on the proper care and nutrition of their babies.

St. Gerard also provides services to the community-at-large with Community Outreach and the Pregnancy Center. Community Outreach services include providing those in need with diapers, formulae and other baby needs at no cost; outreach services also include resource and referral to other community-based agencies that provide similar or ancillary services for young moms, their children and families in need. The Pregnancy Center provides free pregnancy tests and sonograms with all efforts to bring a new life into the world and ward-off abortions. There are also adoption services provided. These services are provided within an emotionally supportive environment where spirituality is the basis for all actions and decisions.

All this would not be possible without your donations, and the annual Fashion Show Fundraiser is an important event to raise the funds necessary to continue to provide St. Gerard’s services. You are encouraged to attend the Fashion Show which is being held at the Renaissance Room at the World Golf Village on December 8. There will be a silent auction, door prizes and a raffle for $5,000. Please see enclosed for complete details. Your donations will welcome the child – any child - over and over again at St. Gerard Campus.

 
 

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