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Warriors of Light Benefit Ride

On August 15, 2009, the Warriors of the Light, Christian Motorcyclists Association,  Chapter 580, of Mt. Pleasant Michigan, held a Motorcycle Benefit Ride to raise money in support of Joshua’s House, a Maternity Home, that is raising funds in support of  purchasing a facility to have the home in.   The ride began in Shamrock Park in Clare. There were 29 motorcycles and 44 total participants in this event.  The ride was approximately70 miles and toured through parts of Clare, Isabella, Midland and Gladwin Counties, ending back in Shamrock Park in Clare, where there was food for all participants. Door prize tickets were drawn as the crowd ate and prizes were awarded to all in attendance.

Donations of items came from the following area business and individuals: Fran Sizemore (from West Branch chapter - doilies), Steve's Country Market, Harrison, Central Motor Sports, Mt. Pleasant, Lil' Chef Restaurant, Mt. Pleasant, Express Lube, Clare, Heritage Automall, Mt. Pleasant, Shaheens, Mt. Pleasant, Ponderosa, Mt. Pleasant, Clare Big Boy, Clare, American Cleaners, Clare, Coffee Talk 505, Clare, Hungry Howies, Clare, Buccilli's Pizza, Clare, Dagwoods Auto Repair Clare, Crankers, Mt. Pleasant, Meijer's, Mt. Pleasant, Glen's Market, Clare, Kroger Store, Mt. Pleasant, Divine Power and Crank, Shepherd, Gordon Food Service, Mt. Pleasant, Kay & Jim LaMay, DuCharme’s Country Store, Farwell.

The amount raised from this event was just slightly over $700.00 and was presented to Joshua’s House President Renee Jeffords by the Warriors of the Light Chapter President Donna LaMay. Our thanks to one and all that helped and participated in this event, we hope to make this an annual Benefit Ride for the on going expenses of Joshua’s House.

American Legion Contributes to Joshua's House

On August 7th, the Clare-Farwell American Legion Post 558 contributed to the support of Joshua’s House, a non-profit organization designed to meet the needs of pregnant women choosing to preserve life. Pictured is Post Commander, Bill Zastrow presenting a check for $500.00 to Renee Jeffords, Executive Director of Joshua’s House.

Joshua’s House to open in Clare

By Pat Maurer
Review Correspondent

The culmination of six years of planning and development, Joshua’s House, a new home for expectant mothers, may be open as soon as Thanksgiving, said founder Reneé Jeffords of Farwell.

Supported by State and local Right to Life organizations, service organizations, area doctors, churches and pastoral associations in Clare, Harrison, Farwell, Roscommon, Houghton Lake, Gladwin, Mt. Pleasant and Midland, Clare’s new Joshua’s House is becoming a reality.

Joshua’s House was named for the Bible verse, Joshua 24:15: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

The new brochure says, “Our maternity home is a safe family environment that has a full-time caring staff to support a woman’s choice to carry her baby to full term.”

A tentative location near downtown Clare has been found, with a property purchase offer made on the former Doherty home, although the purchase is not yet final. Clare was selected “for the first of its kind in the center of Michigan, serving all women equally,” Jeffords said.

It is ready, Jeffords continued. Joshua’s House now has its 501-30 non-profit status and is governed by a three-member board.

Funding will come from donations, funds pledged by private citizens, churches and organizations, and from fundraisers, speaking engagements to raise funds and grants.

Jeffords called the home an alternative for abortion, providing a “loving home … in a Christ-like atmosphere.”

Mothers-to-be who have few other options will be able come to the non-denominational home and stay free, with only a charge for some groceries, in the facility throughout their pregnancy and for up to 12 weeks after the delivery of a baby. Residents will be assisted in planning for a place to live after their stay. “Some will come to deliver and raise their child and some will deliver and allow the baby to be adopted,” Jeffords said. “We won’t make that decision, but we will support the mother’s decision.

“Ideally we would like to have expectant mothers come to the home by their fifth month of pregnancy,” Jeffords said.

A stay at Joshua’s House will include ongoing weekly Bible study, financial classes by H & R Block on budgeting, child parenting classes, relationship restoration classes that teach forgiveness and accepting responsibility for a relationship gone bad, and business, resume and interview skills to help prepare for the workplace.

A full-time House Mother and House Father will be part of the staff. Jeffords, an licensed minister, will conduct the Bible Study. Lisa Card and staff from H&R Block will handle financial classes and Onita Oles, a professor from Central Michigan University, will teach the business skills classes.
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