My name is Regina. I was 16 when I first found out I was pregnant. My boyfriend and I were so scared. I had told my parents; my dad wouldn’t speak to me and my mother is insisted I have an abortion.
We found Bright Hope. They talked to us about all the ways they could help. They were so kind. I got to see the baby on the screen and I knew I had to do this. I knew it will be hard but with the help and support of the Bright Hope staff, I will be a good mom to my baby.
My boyfriend and I had just broken up when I found out I was pregnant. I was surprised that he still wanted to help; but I didn’t know how this could work. Someone told us to go to Bright Hope to get help. There they worked with us, teaching us about my pregnancy, how to take care of a newborn, how to build on our relationship, and most importantly how to reclaim our faith. We now have a beautiful little boy, went back to church and for Christmas I got an engagement ring. Bright Hope not only helped me bring my son into the world but gave him a family.
Dan was recently released from Northampton County Prison. He hasn’t seen his 6 1/2 month old daughter for months, and she is in temporary foster care. The baby’s mother, also in NCP, is due to be released in August. As Dan told his tragic story to our Bright Hope staff, it was apparent that he was serious about beginning a new life. Facing his past wrongs and hoping for a better life for his baby, he said, “I want to get it right this time. Dan graduated from the Personal Enrichment and Knowledge (PECK) program at Northampton County Prison. Those who participate in the PECK program take bible classes, attend prayer services and complete courses designed to help them find employment, establish healthy relationships and remain in good standing when they re-enter society. Bright Hope has joined the PECK program by presenting faith-based healthy relationship information, life skills, and parenting classes. Dan came to Bright Hope with a burning desire to continue what he was taught and to regain custody of his child. Dan is now actively participating in our male mentoring program. Fortunately, Bright Hope was there for him.
With her abortion scheduled, and her mind made up, Jay reluctantly arrived at Bright Hope in Bethlehem. She spoke with our Peer Counselor on duty, heard all her options, saw her baby on an ultrasound, and left with a heavy heart. Our Counselor did not know what her final decision would be, but information was presented and seeds were planted. Seventeen months later, Jay walked through the door with her beautiful seven month old little girl in her arms. Her short, but divine appointment with Bright Hope had changed her mind. She had chosen life, and now she wanted to give back. She donated a full bag of baby clothes and shared her story of life! Each day we touch lives like Jackie’s and her daughter’s along with countless other men, women, and youth that come to Bright Hope.
Jason was so frustrated when he came to our booth at the Easton Weed and Seed community event, he just let go of all of his emotions. He had just come from another organization that turned him away. Jason wanted help and guidance raising his twin daughters. He did not know how to be a good father, and he was desperate for someone to care. This time, he would not be turned away. The counselor who had joined me for the event was able to show him all the services we have to offer, and showed Jason how we could help him be the best dad he could be — all free of charge. The relief in his eyes was instantaneous. I call this a being in just the right place at just the right time, Jason needed someone to listen, hear his cries for help and do something. Bright Hope was that compassionate ear and resource to help him grow and develop into the father he wanted to be.