Earn Even More with Earn While You Learn!

We are excited to announce that our Earn While You Learn Program is growing! We have seen a growth in the number of clientEarn-While-You-Learn-3s participating, so we have added some requested curriculum as well as a few ways for our gals and guys to earn even more points to spend in our baby store, Sarah’s Promise.

Our curriculum has consisted of everything a mother or father needs to know about pregnancy through toddler-hood, as well as a Bible study curriculum, and some life skills training.  However we have noticed – after a couple requests from clients – that our life skills training curriculum was pretty out of date!  We’ve decided to update the material on topics such as money management and job skills, and we’re encouraged that our clients are requesting information on these topics!

We have also implemented a “Refer-A-Friend” program.  This program rewards current clients with 20 extra “mommy bucks” if they refer a friend who attends Earn While You Learn classes at least three times. The friend that is referred is also rewarded with 10 extra mommy bucks.

One last way we have grown our Earn While You Learn Program is through doctor’s appointment sign off slips.  Keeping up with OB appointments is important, so if you take the slip we’ll provide, have the doctor sign it, and bring it back, you will be rewarded with five extra mommy bucks.

We love equipping our moms and dads with ways to earn more points for the things you need, and we can’t wait to see how these few changes will impact your desire to earn and learn even more.

If you’re interested in our program or have any questions about any of the additions, please feel free to contact us!

Call: 304-344-4511

Text: 304-508-2911

E-mail: contactus@crossroadspcc.com

10 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe This Winter

Winter seems to come with a love-hate relationship.  There’s just something about that first snow that gets us giddy (OK, yes I recognize that there are some hard-core winter haters out there who are never giddy about snow).  But after that third, fourth, or heaven forbid fifth big snow we’re all praying for spring from our vitamin D deprived bodies.

But kids seem to be praying a different prayer when it comes to snow. 

I don’t think I know a single child who hasn’t prayed for snow at some point.  It means no school and a reason to get outside.

BUT…

Cold weather and snow come with a slew of health hazards if we’re not careful, so here is a list of 10 tips from our very own nurses to help keep your kids as safe and healthy as possible this winter.

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  1. Heat Loss.  Infants lose heat much quicker than adults do, and they tend to lose it through their extremities meaning hats, gloves, socks/shoes are a necessity during these frigid days.
  2. Limit time outside. We all know that regardless of how bundled we are, our fingers and toes will get cold.  Babies are no different.  If you have to be outside with your baby, try to limit that time and bring in babies to warm-up.
  3. Think layers. It may be cold outside, but once you bring your baby inside they can heat up very quickly.  If you’re able to remove layers once you get inside, it’ll make it easier on you AND baby.  And always remember to wait to remove layers until your baby is inside.
  4. Don’t overdress. As much as we want to keep our babies warm, we don’t want to overheat them.  A good rule of
    thumb is, what do you need to have on to be comfortable outside?  Use that as a baseline to dress your baby.
  5. It’s cold and flu season. If your baby has the sniffles, a low grade temperature, or any other flu-like symptom keep them home.  You don’t want to infect other healthy children.
  6. Clothing hazards. Beware of scarves and hood strings as they can be a choking hazard to babies.
  7. Are you wet? Regardless of how many layers you may put on your child (especially if they’re playing in the snow), water can seep through.  Teach your kids (if they’re old enough) to come inside and change if they get wet.  If they’re not old enough to let you know, check them regularly to see if they need a dry change of clothes.
  8. The sun. We often forget about the sun during the winter months, but it’s still there and its rays can be just as h430 EX camera right @ 1/2 power w/ 1/4 CTOarmful as a sunny summer day.  Moral of the story? Remember babies under six months of age need to stay out of the sun regardless of the season and apply sunscreen when outside for extended periods of time for older children.
  9.  Stay hydrated.  During the winter months, the air is dryer and we need to make sure we’re staying hydrated.  Don’t think that since it’s not sweltering out there that your baby doesn’t need lots of liquids.
  10. Frostbite.  It’s important to know the warning signs for frostbite and take them seriously.  The signs include pale, grey, or blistered skin on fingers, ears, nose, and toes.  Check your children thoroughly and don’t take these symptoms lightly.  They require immediate medical attention.

An Open Letter to Single Moms at Christmas

To all you single moms out there,

“The most wonderful time of the year” can easily turn in to “the most dreaded time of the year.”  As women we have this innate pressure to “have it all together.”  Then the holidays roll around and that pressure only intensifies.  From food to holiday parties to presents – on top of regular life that’s already overwhelming – you start to feel like you’ve already failed even before you’ve started.

You feel so alone.

So overwhelmed. 

So inadequate. 

So afraid of failing.

I read a blog post that explained this first hand from a mom who was very honest about her struggles.  She admitted to her pride in not wanting to ask for help but needing it.  She also described that many times mothers are so concerned with having a “perfect Christmas” that stay in emotionally and physically abusive relationships around the holidays in order to provide a more positive experience for their children. But, she went on to say that your children feel your emotions – even when you’re attempting to hide them.

All this trying.  Wouldn’t you agree that we’re longing for peace?  Peace is what we really want – and even when we have to fake it, we’ll do it.  Whatever it takes…

Consider this taken from a Proverbs 31 Ministries devotional (found here):

The circumstances of the first Christmas were very stressful, too. There was an unmarried, pregnant teenager. There was a scared but faithful fiance. There was no room in the inn. There were smelly animals and scratchy straw. There was an unidentified star in the sky.  Yet God gave the gift of prevailing peace in that story in the same way He longs to give our hearts the gift of peace.

How did Mary and Joseph overcome the chaos of their circumstances and embrace peace instead? 

Just listen to how they responded when they were first given the startling and stressful news of being parents to the Messiah:

Mary said, “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,” (Luke 1:46-47, NIV).

Joseph put aside his plans to divorce Mary quietly, and per God’s instructions, took her as his wife.

Peace doesn’t come from perfect circumstances.  Peace comes from a heart that trusts in the Peace-giver.

 

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Would you consider putting your trust in this Peace-giver?  Would you lay aside your circumstances and striving to embrace the forgiveness that has already been bought for you on the cross?

We would love nothing more than to talk to you more about this trust and peace.  Consider giving us a call or a text today.

Call: 304-344-4511

Text: 304-508-2911

An interview with one of our very own!

I had the privilege to sit down with one of our clients to ask her a little about her experience at Cross Roads.

Meet April. April has been coming since she found out she was pregnant. Her mom was familiar with Cross Roads, and her sister-in-law was a past client of ours. She said as soon as she found out she was pregnant, her mom immediately told her she needed to make an appointment with us. We did her first ultrasound, and she’s been coming for Earn While You Learn classes ever since. We have loved getting to work with her, and we are so excited to meet her baby girl who is due to arrive in just a couple short weeks!

 

April

 

 

ME:  What made you decide to come to Cross Roads?

APRIL:  I knew I was going to need help throughout my pregnancy, and I knew you guys could help me.

ME:  What was your first visit like?

APRIL:  Oh gosh.  That was a long time ago.  I know it was nice or I wouldn’t have come back!  OK.  I remember now.  I had an ultrasound with Barb.  It was so fun!  I remember she gave me pictures of my baby and prenatal vitamins.  I remember being so excited about taking my prenatal vitamins, haha!

ME:  How have you been treated here?

APRIL:  Like family!  I feel so loved every time I walk through the door.  You guys are more than fair to me, and I talk about you guys all the time.  I tell everyone they need to come here!

ME:  Have you felt supported by the staff?

APRIL: Yes, absolutely!  Especially on that day when I just had a lot on my mind.  I didn’t even have to say anything, and you just knew I needed to talk.

ME:  What material goods have you been able to get here through using the points you earned with Earn While You Learn?

APRIL:  Everything I needed!  Seriously!  A stroller, pack-n-play, car seat, bathtub, clothes, shoes, diapers, and toiletries.  And I’m going to continue to come back even after she’s born.

ME:  Do you feel like the classes you have taken have prepared you for pregnancy and motherhood?

April:  Yes, educationally I feel very prepared.  I’ve learned tips, tricks, and knickknacks.  Emotionally, I feel a little less prepared, but what I have learned here has helped me to know that I’ll be able to handle whatever is thrown at me.

ME: What is your favorite thing about coming to Cross Roads?

APRIL:  Learning new things and talking to the staff and volunteers – and of course SHOPPING!

ME:  Is there anything else you want to add?

APRIL:  If you’re scared to come, you shouldn’t be at all.  There’s just no reason to be!

 

If you think you’re pregnant, know your pregnant, or already have a baby, please don’t hesitate to call, text, e-mail, or stop by.  We’re here for you!

 

Call: 304-344-4511

Text: 304-508-2911

E-mail: contactus@crossroadspcc.com

Address: 1598 Washington St. E Charleston, WV 25311

 

You’re Not Alone…

You’ve missed your period. Thoughts and questions start flooding in.

“Could I be pregnant?”
“I can’t be pregnant!”
“I’m not at a good place in my life.”
“I can’t support a child.”
“I don’t have any help.”

 

You’re overwhelmed at even the possibility of being pregnant much less carrying, providing for, and raising a child.

These are all normal thoughts. And we’re here to tell you, you’re not alone.

You’re never alone.

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Here at Cross Roads Pregnancy Care Center, we want to come alongside you during this process. We want to meet your needs in the best way we know how. Every client who walks through our doors is a gift, and we pray you feel like nothing less.

Do you need a pregnancy test or ultrasound?
Do you need someone to process your thoughts, feelings, and questions with?
Do you want to know what to expect during your pregnancy?
Do you want to know how to be a good parent?
Do you need diapers, wipes, food, clothes, or a pack-n-play for your baby?
Do you need referrals from the community for jobs, housing, or government assistance?
Are you a guy and you’re scared about potentially becoming a father?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, call us, text us, e-mail us, or stop by today. We would love to walk this journey with you.

And remember, all our services are FREE, caring, and confidential.

Call: 304-344-4511
Text: 304-508-2911
E-mail: contactus@crossroadspcc.com
Address: 1598 Washington St. E Charleston, WV 25311