Bella Vita Pregnancy Resource Center hosted its fourth annual banquet on Thursday to honor board members.
Several clients also shared their testimonials about the programs offered. Bella Vita was founded in January of 2010 and is a Care Net organization. Founder Susanne Lange shared the reason behind her choice of name for the organization. She faced a crisis pregnancy and was motivated through a series of events to choose life. She named her daughter Isabella, Bella for short. She’s the organization’s namesake and inspiration. Bella Vita means “beautiful life.”
After moving into their new location in mid-July, Bella Vita has settled in nicely, according to Director Susanne Lange, and the organization will be holding an open house Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to show off their new facility. Lange said the public is invited to take a tour and look at the new building, which she said is suiting them nicely, though a few maintenance items need addressed.
“We’ll have food available in the front room. All of our board of directors will be there, our volunteers will be there, so people from the community are invited just in general to come and see the new building and what we’ve done so far with it and things that need to be done in the future as well for maintenance and things like that,” she said.
Bella Vita has made its way into its new home near the corner of Lake and Shield streets in Knox, and according to Director Susanne Lange, they’re settling in nicely but a few maintenance items do need to be taken care of. Lange said the move went well and they’re working on getting the Baby Bucks store in order, but they are open for business and are doing intakes.
Bella Vita moved into its new location about two weeks ago, taking up the old Starke United building that they purchased for $1 from the Starke United Board. Lange said their previous building on Heaton Street in Knox was owned by the Lutheran Church and they wanted to find a location they could own that would better suit their needs, though the old building suited them well for more than two years.
The third annual fundraising reception held by the Bella Vita Pregnancy Resource Center drew a large crowd, packing the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in Knox as the organization thanked those who helped it grow into the resource it is today. Tracey DeGraaf of Shine.FM was the MC for the event and introduced Father Richard Holy, pastor of the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church who led the assembly in a prayer.
For men and women facing an unintended or crisis pregnancy situation, there is an organization looking to provide practical and emotional support to help those in need. The Bella Vita Pregnancy Resource Center in Knox, a not-for-profit organization, provides free pregnancy tests, options counseling, peer advocate-assisted mentorship and various educational programs in an effort to support those facing a crisis pregnancy situation.
Bella Vita Pregnancy Resource Center Executive Director, Susanne Lange, recently announced the organization’s upcoming fundraiser to be held May 17th at the Knox Community Center. This is the second annual event for the organization that was formed to give women valuable information about pregnancy issues. Susanne mentioned in that six young ladies had decided to carry their babies to term in the past year. But, she said, that isn’t the only reason for the center’s existence.
“We really exist to inform men and women of their options,” said Lange. “Of course, it’s your choice to make informed decisions. We are there as a resource to them. Also we have a baby bucks program. If a client enrolls in our program, she and her boyfriend or husband can go through these classes and earn baby bucks. With these baby bucks, they can purchase various supporting items such as baby clothes, cribs, car seats…things like that.”
The Bella Vita Pregnancy Resource Center will be hosting its second annual fundraising event in May. Susanne Lange, the Executive Director, tells us about the scheduled event.
“On May 17th, Bella Vita will be hosting its second annual Chocolate Fountain Fondue Fund Raising Event,” announced Lange. “Vincey from WFRN will be the emcee. We will have some client testimony. I will be speaking, giving a yearly update. And of course we’ll have the chocolate fondue treat, and a lyrical dance number.”
Yesterday we told you about a pregnancy resource center that will be opening soon in a home that was originally owned by Francis Myers in the 200 block of Heaton Street in Knox. The center is scheduled to be opening on March 15. It will be called Bella Vita and is a pro-life center that is opening primarily to help women carry their babies to term.
Susanne Lange, a registered nurse, will be the administrator of the new center.
Susanne was asked what advise she would give a woman in her 40’s who has become unexpectantly pregnant and doesn’t feel she wants to carry the baby to term.
A pregnancy resource center will be opening in a few weeks. Susanne Lange, a registered nurse, will be the administrator of the crisis center that has been named Bella Vita, which means beautiful life.
“What we’re going to have what we call crisis counseling,” Lange explained. “When a woman or girl comes in and she’s trying to make a decision, we’ll have trained counselors that she can sit with and talk about her options and make a decision. Our ultimate goal is to save the life of the unborn child”