Friends bring more awareness to Project Rachel

by Kara Hansen

LEAWOOD — If you have ever wanted to get involved with a cause but just didn’t have the time to give, Project Rachel has an opportunity for you.

The Friends of Project Rachel is a newly launched campaign designed specifically to bring support to the post-abortive healing ministry.

“This is a way people can donate and be involved, even if they might not have the chance time-wise,” said Pat Klausner, program coordinator for Project Rachel in the archdiocese.

The purpose of the program is get people involved in Project Rachel by offering their prayers and financial support to the ministry, said Ron Kelsey, archdiocesan consultant for the pro-life office.

“The support of people through the Friends of Project Rachel will help us continue the awareness campaign we’ve been doing with billboards, radio spots, and the Web site,” he said. “It will help us be able to continue to conduct the media campaign that’s been going on already.”

Klausner said the media campaign has proven extremely helpful in raising awareness of Project Rachel, so that men and women know where to turn for help if they need it. She is hopeful the ongoing support of Friends of Project rachel will not only help the program continue to provide its direct services, but also allow the ministry to continue its media campaign.

“We have limited funds to do those things that raise awareness and provide community education,” she said. “It’s necessary to make Project Rachel known, so men and women can know about it. Many of the people in need of the program are unchurched, so they don’t read about it in their church bulletin.”

Families and individuals who are interested in becoming a part of the Friends of Project Rachel are encouraged to make a suggested $50 tax-deductible donation once a year.

“Of course, there are some people who are comfortable giving more or less, and we’re open to any donation,” said Klausner.

A blessing ceremony for the new program took place on Feb. 4 at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Leawood, with Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann presiding.

Klausner said an event would be held once a year for Friends of Project Rachel, thanking them for their support.

“With one in six women having an abortion at some point in their lifetime, we’re all going to know someone who has had one,” said klausner. “The Friends of Project Rachel gives people a chance to put their love and concern into action and provides an opportunity to reach out in Christian compassion — to give people a place to find help that’s truly transforming.”

If you are interested in becoming a part of Friends of Project Rachel, contact Klausner at the Web site: projectrachelkc@archkck.org, or by phone at (913) 621-2199 or toll-free at (888) 246-1504. You can also contact kelsey at (913) 647-0350 or through the Web site at: prolife@archkck.org.

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