In an effort to better serve the Aitkin community, LAPS spoke at the health and human services staff meeting at Aitkin County on August. 14. Thank you for having us Aitkin County Human Services!
Hi I am Evelyn—this is my son Tyson. I was scared to tell my mom when I first found out I was pregnant. Taylor, my fiancé, and I had been dating for 2 years and we were not planning on getting pregnant. My sister-in-law had gone to LAPS for her pregnancy help and encouraged us to do the same. When we got there, we felt very welcomed. The weekly meetings were just what we needed. It wasn’t like we were talking to strangers—it felt like we were talking to someone we had known forever. We are thankful for LAPS being here in Staples. Tyson James is 9 months old and we love and are thankful for him.
Thank you for giving to LAPS and helping us.
Last June (2017), I walked into my appointment with Lakes Area Pregnancy Support. This was not my first visit with the support center in Brainerd, but it was the first time my results were a positive for pregnancy. My main supporter at LAPS from the very first moment has been Kaydi, Client Service Director. Kaydi made me feel special and I could tell she really listened. Her caring nature provided me with a genuine attentiveness; she made sure I was comfortable while I was there.
During this time, it was the privacy and it was also the confidence that I would be treated with respect that meant everything to me. The other thing I was searching for I happened to find on the same day as the positive test results… Kaydi and I discussed marriage counseling further while deciding to go ahead with a weekly program titled ‘Prepare-Enrich’.
Both my husband and I joined Kaydi and her husband, Paul, for a 2-hour session weekly on Tuesdays at the support center. There was flexibility with scheduling and it was an event we looked forward to going to because we were learning a lot about each other that we hadn’t really discovered before. The sessions were structured and there was homework in between our visits, but it wasn’t difficult to find the opportunity to practice some more “active listening” with one another in our everyday lives. Focusing on communication only had benefits for us.
Fast forward to today, we have our new little baby boy with us now. Connor was born on January 22nd, 2018 and we have shared wonderfully beautiful moments together as a family.
David and I would like to thank the Lakes Area Pregnancy Support for creating a safe and friendly place for parents (and parents-to-be) to go into and feel cared about. A place for us to listen to advice and a place for us to ask questions. We really appreciated the program and enjoyed our time at the support center.
-Jenifer Williams, Brainerd resident
This past month we have seen a influx of new clients. In the past two weeks alone, we have had 8 new clients and 47 total client appointments - and this is just at the Brainerd center! We are thankful that those who need our services are finding us, but an increase in client load means an increase in expenses.
At the same time, we are remodeling the front exterior of the building. Last week, workers uncovered a considerable amount of water damage, which will increase the costs significantly. We need your support this summer to offset these unforeseen costs.
We have a special matching donor opportunity available to you now through September 15th. All donations received or postmarked by that date will be matched up to $20,000. You can choose to give to client care costs or building renovation costs - either way, your gift will be DOUBLED during this time allowing you to make twice the impact.
Please consider giving while this matching offer is in effect.
Brainerd lakes area residents may now take part in #MeToo, a national movement that took off on social media in October when women came forward to share their experiences of sexual assault and harassment.
Come sign our board:
If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write; #metoo
If you want to talk to someone about your story, we at Lakes Area Pregnancy Support (LAPS), are here to listen. No judgment. Just someone who cares. All of us here have a #MeToo story. You are not alone.
The day had finally come when I saw two pink lines. I was a mix of emotions of mostly excitement and a little bit nervous. My husband and I were married in October of 2016. We both knew we wanted more children. I have a step daughter by marriage. We found out we were expecting on my birthday. This was my first pregnancy and as ready as I was for this baby I still wanted to know more.