The ladies of SGM have been all kinds of busy lately!
If you haven’t heard, we were approved for our very first grant from the Defiance Area Community Foundation. These funds will help toward SGM’s outreach in Defiance County. We are also working with Defiance Regional Medical Center to implement our SGM Perinatal Hospice and Bereavement Services, as well as some hospital staff training, not only at the OB level, but in the OR and ER as well. We are very excited to be working with Defiance Regional, and look forward to walking alongside bereaved parents and helping them to have an optimal experience as they make memories with their sweet babies during those precious first moments and beyond.
Below Kelly is pictured with Sonya Vukadinovich (Women’s Center Manager at Defiance Regional Hospital) and Dan and Nancy Vollmer, donating Dreams of You items in memory of Michael Clifford “Peanut” Vollmer.
We have been training SGM staff in order to better serve grieving families. SGM is now proud to say that we have four SBD Birth and Bereavement Doulas (www.stillbirthday.com) on staff: Holly Haas (Vice President of SGM), Stacie Tackett, and Kelly Gerken (serving Ohio) and Jennifer Ross (serving Northern Michigan). We have several others signing up to achieve their doula certification in the fall. If you are interested in joining us to serve families in your area, please email Kelly for more information.
At our SGM Perinatal Hospice support training on Saturday, May 11, we had the pleasure of meeting Andi Soergel (mom to Haven) and Ica Newberry (mom to Zoe).
Andi’s husband, Mark, was also sweet enough to drive her all the way here to Northwest Ohio for the training.
How cute are they?
Andi and her husband, Mark did a beautiful thing in honor of their son, Haven’s first birthday. They held a book drive to benefit SGM. Friends and family were able to donate books from our wish list to SGM, so that other families could find comfort, hope, and valuable resources in their time of need. It was a blessing to be able to show Andi and Mark some of the copies of the books donated in memory of Haven. What an awesome way to “pay it forward”.
Below, Andi is pictured with a copy of A Gift of Time (a book SGM sends to all families who receive a fatal or life limiting diagnosis in pregnancy)
The beautiful and amazing Erin Foster, from Irish Eyes Photography , offered her photography expertise at a recent SGM photography training for our volunteers. We are very excited to add Bud Haas, Holly Haas, Angela Keck, Stephanie Zachrich, Kristina Bodey, and Erin Foster to our team of SGM Birth and Bereavement Photographers.
This Sunday, May 19, we will host the annual SGM Ice Cream Social at Harvest Fellowship Church in Hamler, Ohio. Our praise and worship band, One Way, will be leading the worship and Kelly will be sharing an update on SGM at the church service. The wonderful, verse by verse bible teaching is excellent at Harvest if you’re in the area. Following the church service, there will be a hot dog picnic lunch and ice cream sundaes. Freewill offering with proceeds to benefit SGM. All are welcome to attend. We begin serving at 11:30am.
Saturday, May 18, there is a craft/vendor show and sale at Widewater in Liberty Center, Ohio that will benefit SGM. Many different items to look at and purchase. Should be a fun day!
And, we are hosting our annual SGM Golf Outing on June 1, 2013 at 8am.
Even if you’re not local or not a golfer, you can donate or sponsor a hole sign. Some families sponsor a hole in memory or in honor of a child or loved one. It’s also a great way to advertise your business. Hole signs are featured not only at the golf course, but on our Facebook page, and sponsors are thanked on our website as well.
For more information visit: www.sufficientgraceministr