Category Archives: Volunteers Matter

Volunteers Matter: Aubrey Green

Crisis Pregnancy Outreach has been 100% run by volunteers since its inception more than 30 years ago. No one has ever received a salary, which enables CPO to make an even bigger difference in the lives of Tulsa area women. We know that volunteers matter, and to honor them we periodically interview and highlight one of our volunteers. This week we hear from a dedicated volunteer, Aubrey Green.

Q: How do you volunteer with CPO?
A: I work in the office twice a month, bring snacks for various groups and meetings, helped with the Superhero Run. I’ve wanted to help with newsletter mailing days and other random things, but the timing just hasn’t worked out yet.

Q: How long have you been volunteering with us?
A: I’ve volunteered since August of last year, so about a year. Feels like longer! 🙂

Q: How did you find out about CPO?
A: My husband and I were looking into an international adoption, and had even gotten started on that process, but we weren’t completely comfortable with the way it was working. We began looking around for a local option, something more ministry focused. A family member mentioned they had heard of CPO and we should check them out. Then later that week a guy in my husband’s carpool mentioned they were adopting through CPO. We went online and read, studied and practically memorized the website, dropped into the office to look around and make sure these people weren’t too “crazy or weird” and talked with a couple of other volunteers before we finally submitted our application and got on board.

Q: Why did you choose to volunteer with CPO vs other organizations? What is it about CPO that drew you to us?
A: Gotta be honest, we are required to volunteer a certain number of hours before our adoption is finalized, so that was part of it. (I’m sorry, but that’s the ONLY reason I made it down to the Superhero Run when it was 30º and sleeting! LOL ) But the mission of CPO and how they came to be really speaks to my heart. There are plenty of Christians and churches talking about how horrible abortion is, but few of them ever go beyond the talk to do anything else, to offer an alternative. Even fewer show love and compassion to the women and girls who find themselves in such a difficult situation that abortion seems the only option. CPO does just that, offering a host of services and aids to assist both those who want to parent or those who feel an adoption plan is best for their child. This isn’t an adoption agency, this is a place of help and hope for people in scary and sometimes impossible circumstances. I want to be a part of that.

Q: Why is our cause so close to your heart?
A: My estranged older sister had an abortion when I was about 12 and I saw the damage it did to her, physically but especially emotionally. She very nearly committed suicide as a result. When she became pregnant again several years later she went to have another, but couldn’t go through with it. She then made an adoption plan, but ultimately decided to parent. That hasn’t necessarily been the best the thing. If she had had the support and help of a group like CPO around her maybe things would have been different and better. I’ve not gotten to love and help her, but I can love and help others in similar situations. I can help do for these daughters and sisters what I wish someone else had done for mine.

Q: What have you learned about yourself since volunteering?
A: I’ve learned reaching outside yourself can be really scary and nerve wracking, but when push comes to shove, it’s not that bad. The fear of what if – What if I tell someone the wrong info? What if I’m not helpful at all? What if what I’m doing really doesn’t make any difference after all? – is much worse than what actually is. And besides, if I’m working for God, which is my ultimate aim anyway, then I just have to be available and do my best; the results are all on Him. That’s pretty liberating!

Q: How have you seen God’s hand at work through CPO?
A: I’ve not yet gotten to personally see Him move, but I’ve heard plenty of stories from birth moms and adoptive families about how He’s worked and timed things so well. That’s encouraging, even if I’ve not seen it first hand yet.

Q: What would you say to anyone considering becoming involved in CPO?
A: Do it! Don’t wait, act now!! Office workers are standing by to take your call!!! No, seriously, you should really jump in and help. You’ll never find another group of people so committed to loving those in need or a group that makes such a long-term difference in so many lives. And there are so many various ways to get involved and help, way more than just the little bit I do right now. Anyone considering it should absolutely join in.

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Volunteers Matter: Amanda Hudson

Crisis Pregnancy Outreach has been 100% run by volunteers since its inception more than 30 years ago. No one has ever received a salary, which enables CPO to make an even bigger difference in the lives of Tulsa area women. We know that volunteers matter, and to honor them we periodically interview and highlight one of our volunteers. This week we hear from a volunteer who is an adoptive mom of two CPO cuties, Amanda Hudson.

Q: In what ways do you volunteer at CPO?
A: I volunteered as the Mentor Coordinator for a short time, and I also have helped with the CPO gala. In addition, we have served as a host home for waiting families from out of state, and have been able to be a part of helping to provide Christmas to a CPO mom in need.

Q: How long have you been volunteering with us?
A: I started volunteering in December 2013. There are so many places where someone can volunteer within CPO. I think volunteering really allows someone to familiarize themselves with all the different facets of CPO.

Q: How did you find out about CPO?
A: We knew numerous people that had been involved with CPO, but my friend, Carrie Szatsmary, has been a close friend of Cheryl Bauman for years. When I expressed our desires to adopt, Carrie reached out to Cheryl and told her about us. I had actually gone to high school with some of Cheryl’s children, and we knew previous volunteers of CPO, as well as adoptive parents.

Q: Why did you choose to volunteer at CPO versus other organizations? What is it about crisis pregnancies that drew you to us?
A: I chose to volunteer at CPO because we have always volunteered at various organizations, but adoption is close to our hearts, and I believe that we are called to this organization. When we came to CPO we needed an organization that would treat us as a real couple with real life hurts and not just another waiting family to check off the list. The way CPO is with you through every step of the process really drew us to the organization.

Q: Why is our cause so close to your heart?
A: My husband and I fostered children before we adopted. Adoption, fostering, and loving children the way that Jesus adopted and loved us is what makes CPO’s cause so special to me.

Q: What have you learned about yourself since you began volunteering?
A: I have learned that I need to be more organized! I have also learned that I need to exercise more faith. It is my nature to worry, or try to fix things, and volunteering at CPO has exposed me to many people from different walks of life and taught me to let go. There is something so much greater than myself at work in this organization and volunteering has shown me that even in terribly difficult circumstances, there is hope.

Q: How have you seen God’s hand at work in the ministry of CPO?
A: God’s hand is all over CPO. It would be hard for me to pick one specific element, but for me personally, I witnessed how faithful God is through how He ministered to my husband and I because of CPO. As a ministry, CPO has restored my faith in God’s faithfulness to His children. When my husband, Kent, and I initially came to CPO, our hearts were broken. After failed fertility, the loss of our son, and very difficult fostering situations, we felt hopeless. God’s hand was ALL OVER our adoption. From us matching with our birth parents, all the way up to finalization, I watched God’s hand at work. We were blessed with our first baby, our daughter, Maris, on March 21, 2014. When we decided that we would like to adopt again, I never could have dreamed that we would be welcoming another baby so quickly. We received a call on March 7, 2015 telling us we had been picked to adopt another baby. On March 10th, our sweet daughter, Marion, was born. We had always said that if God dropped a baby in our laps we would know it was His will for us to adopt again. As my dad has said regarding Marion, “He didn’t just drop her in your laps, He put her in your pocket!” As someone who thought I might never have a baby, I stand in awe of how God has used CPO to minister to us.
CPO is a ministry that He used to give us the ultimate gift. There are daily stories of adoption, successful parenting in spite of crisis situations, and children whose lives are forever changed because of God’s hand on this ministry. As a ministry, CPO has changed the lives of many mothers who have placed and parented alike. It is amazing to watch what God has done in the lives of so many CPO mothers through this organization.

Q: What would you say to anyone who may be considering becoming involved with CPO?
A: I would say to them that there are so many ways to be involved with CPO, and you can give a little time, or a lot of time depending on what you choose to do. I would also say that volunteering is critical, because it shows you the many different parts of CPO. For example, as a waiting and now adoptive CPO parent, my perspective of CPO as an organization would have been completely different if I had not volunteered and gotten to meet parenting moms, and some of the other people involved with CPO outside of waiting families. I have also met amazing friends through CPO that I would never have been blessed to know otherwise.

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Volunteers Matter: Amy Brotherman

Crisis Pregnancy Outreach has been 100% run by volunteers since its inception more than 30 years ago. No one has ever received a salary, which enables CPO to make an even bigger difference in the lives of Tulsa area women. We know that volunteers matter, and to honor them we periodically interview and highlight one of our volunteers. This week we hear from a volunteer who is also one of Cheryl’s assistants, Amy Brotherman.

Q: In what ways do you volunteer at CPO?
A: I am the family host home coordinator, as well as one of the assistants, so I mentor adoptive families and help with birth moms a bit. In the past years, I’ve also helped in various small ways, collecting baskets and gift cards for the CPO gala, volunteering phones at the office, etc.

Q: How long have you been volunteering with us?
A: Since we first put our own life book in, about 12 years ago.

Q: How did you find out about CPO?
A: Through friends at our church home.

Q: Why did you choose to volunteer at CPO versus other organizations? What is it about crisis pregnancies that drew you to us?
A: At first, it was because we wanted to adopt through CPO and we were fulfilling our obligation of volunteer hours. My husband and I were struggling through infertility issues for many years and we were so ready for a baby! To be honest, it was very hard to focus on anything but my own longing for a child. But as my years with CPO continued, and beyond the birth of our babies, I honestly began to volunteer simply for a love of the organization. I have seen many ministries at work throughout local and larger communities, and many are wonderful, but CPO is one of the few which truly, TRULY is Christ’s hands and feet to women, babies, and families who are in great need with no agenda but to love them.

Q: Why is our cause so close to your heart?
A: I will forever be thankful to CPO because it brought our youngest (Sam, who is 5) into my life and my family’s life. He is a joy and it is such an honor to be his Mommy. He was meant to be in our family and he is so wonderful and precious! And because I love his birth mother Lauri so much. She is an amazing, loving, wonderful person who I am so thankful to call a friend. Her whole side of the family is amazing and knowing them and that Sam can know them just makes all our lives so much the richer.

Q: What have you learned about yourself since you began volunteering?
A: I am learning how blessed I am to be a part of the story of CPO! There are incredible families and ladies who work here. And I am very happy to be a part of it. Also that God can work through me even in a situation where I am not talented or very good at something. He can still use me if I am willing to try.

Q: How have you seen God’s hand at work in the ministry of CPO?
A: If you have even heard of one family’s story through CPO, you will know how God works here. He is literally building families and healing broken people through the ministry. Girls in crisis who thought placing their baby for adoption would be the end of their world, but could see no other choice, have told me that it ended up being the very best and most selfless, proud decision they made in their whole lives. And I’ve seen girls get incredible support who decided to parent and make friendships that will last a lifetime.

Q: What would you say to anyone who may be considering becoming involved with CPO?
A: As far as volunteering- many hands make light work!! Even the smallest contribution is so incredibly helpful. If you are an adoptive family whose hours are complete- consider that God led you to this ministry to keep on contributing, even if only a little bit. I know moms get busy and it’s hard to make a priority, but this is a ministry where God works, and what better way to teach our children than to lead by example in serving?

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Volunteers Matter: Kelly Jacobson

Crisis Pregnancy Outreach has been 100% run by volunteers since its inception more than 30 years ago. No one has ever received a salary, which enables CPO to make an even bigger difference in the lives of Tulsa area women. We know that volunteers matter, and to honor them we periodically interview and highlight one of our volunteers. This week we hear from a volunteer who has been extremely dedicated to CPO for years and years: Kelly Jacobson.

Q: In what ways do you volunteer at CPO?
A: Right now I am only planning the Waiting Families Workshop but I have done just about everything at least once in the past.
Q: How long have you been volunteering with us?
A: Since 1996 with a three year break when we lived in Colorado.
Q: How did you find out about CPO?
A: Through a friend of a friend, Patti Schatzmann.
Q: Why did you choose to volunteer at CPO versus other organizations? What is it about crisis pregnancies that drew you to us?
A: When I was 19, I had an abortion. I struggled for many years to heal from it. Volunteering for a crisis pregnancy ministry helped me heal. So when we moved to Tulsa, I was on the look out for a place to volunteer.
Q: Why is our cause so close to your heart?
A: I can’t help but wonder that if I had been able to get help from a place like CPO when I was 19, I may have chosen life for my baby. I want all girls to feel like they can choose life if they want to.
Q: What have you learned about yourself since you began volunteering?
A: That God can use me in ways I never imagined! That his plans are so much better than my own.
Q: How have you seen God’s hand at work in the ministry of CPO?
A: Too many ways to count, really. In my own family, I have four adopted babies that I wouldn’t have without CPO. I have seen couples become families and birth mothers’ lives turned around. I have seen women choose life for their babies when they found out that they wouldn’t have to do it alone. I have seen God provide funds we needed in the nick of time. I have seen God provide space for us so that we didn’t have to office out of Cheryl’s car. I have seen lives saved by CPO providing women a place to live when they were truly pregnant and homeless. I could go on and on.
Q: What would you say to anyone who may be considering becoming involved with CPO?
A: Serving CPO is a privilege. Sometimes it is like God is filming a movie and He asks me if I want to be in it. It is incredible to watch it unfold before your eyes. My life has been incredibly enriched by serving here. Sometimes it is hard. Sometimes it is very sad. But it is always worth it!101_0279 (2)


Volunteers Matter: Alaina Butler

Crisis Pregnancy Outreach has been 100% run by volunteers since its inception more than 30 years ago. No one has ever received a salary, which enables CPO to make an even bigger difference in the lives of Tulsa area women. We know that volunteers matter, and to honor them we periodically interview and highlight one of our volunteers.
This week we hear from someone whose work you dear readers see regularly… occasional writer for our blog and frequent photographer for all things CPO: Alaina Butler.
Q: In what ways do you volunteer at CPO?
A: I have an office shift every month to answer the phones and help people that come in. I also do some of the photography work for the blog.
Q: How long have you been volunteer with us?
A: I have been volunteering for 15 months now.
Q: How did you find out about CPO?
A: I found out about CPO through my friends, the Justice family who adopted their triplets about two years ago.
Q: Why did you choose to volunteer at CPO versus other organizations? What is it about crisis pregnancies that drew you to us?
A: Honestly it was because of the Justices. I wanted to give back to the organization that had brought their sweet little lives into our church family. I had been wanting to volunteer at a pregnancy center for some time and chose CPO because I had that connection with it.
Q: Why is our cause so close to your heart?
A: Every single person deserves to be loved and part of a family. Every one. Birth mothers, and adopted babies, and adopting families. I love being a part of an organization that cares so deeply about all the people groups involved.
Q: What have you learned about yourself since you began volunteering?
A: I have learned that I can do all things through Christ. My first day in the office I spent most of my shift praying that the phone would not ring, but the longer I have been at CPO the more I have realized that I am just a vessel that God has put here for such a time as this and He can work in and through me in any way that He needs to.
Q: What would you say to anyone who might be considering becoming involved with CPO?
A: Do it! You never know the impact and testimony that you can have in someone’s life! We are called to be the hands and feet of Christ to a lost and dying world. Let’s stop worrying about being qualified and get to work loving people for Jesus.

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Volunteers Matter: Claire Theriot

Crisis Pregnancy Outreach has been 100% run by volunteers since its inception more than 30 years ago. No one has ever received a salary, which enables CPO to make an even bigger difference in the lives of Tulsa area women. We know that volunteers matter, and to honor them we periodically interview and highlight one of our volunteers.
This week we learn about Claire Theriot, the Director of Volunteers and of course, a volunteer herself!
Q: In what ways do you volunteer at CPO?
A: I am the Director of Volunteers, helping new volunteers get plugged in and find the best place they can utilize their gifts and talents within Crisis Pregnancy Outreach. I also work around 5-7 office shifts a month.
Q: How long have you been volunteering with us?
A: I have been volunteering since August 2014. I started out as an intern while working on my bachelor’s degree in Social Work at NSU. I am still currently “interning”, but am so blessed to have found a position within CPO that gives me an ample amount of hours, but also the opportunity to interact with all of the amazing volunteers!
Q: How did you find out about CPO?
A: I first heard about CPO a couple of years ago, or so. I attend Church on the Move and during a women’s bible study, we all got together for a service project. The service project ended up being to help remodel the transitional home at Crisis Pregnancy Outreach. I remember sitting in COTM’s auditorium on a July Sunday morning, watching the video about CPO and couldn’t hold back the tears or ignore the tugging on my heart. I knew somehow, someway, I was going to be a part of this organization.
Q: Why did you choose to volunteer at CPO versus other organizations? What is it about crisis pregnancies that drew you to us?
A: Ever since that first exposure, CPO had always been on my heart. Being a single mom, in college, and working, I haven’t ever found time for extra activities. Once I started my senior semester, and found out that we were required to do an internship in order to graduate, I immediately called CPO, almost a year after hearing about them! They weren’t on the list of approved agencies, but I chatted with my professor and got the okay to begin my internship at CPO. I was SO THRILLED!
Q: Why is our cause so close to your heart?
A: CPO has such a special place in my heart. Almost five years ago, I found myself in a crisis pregnancy. 19, pregnant, not married… I remember thinking how my life was over. It wasn’t until I found Jesus and learned how God was going to turn all my sin, all my hurt, all my pain into something good and beautiful. I was back in college, landed a dream job, and was doing everything I could to provide the best life for my son, Ryder, and I. I have so much love and so much passion for these girls. I want them all to know that they are loved. They have purpose. They can continue on with life and become the greatest of the great at whatever God has planned for them. They just have to trust him.
CPO does this SO. WELL.
Everyone affiliated with CPO loves these girls and children so much, and want them all to know their worth! The fact that they have a 24/7 hotline? WOW! CPO truly thinks about every detail and makes this agency the best it can be for the clients.
Q: What have you learned about yourself since you began volunteering?
A: Since volunteering at CPO, I have learned a lot about humility and flexibility. Jesus said to love. For me to truly show my love, I needed to jump right in. Get my hands dirty. Use my gifts, rather than just staying in the comfort of my quiet space praying. I serve Him by serving others. I found out just how much I can benefit from a little flexibility. I am a very type A, black and white type of person, and at CPO you never know what might come up. God has shown me that it is okay to be a little unprepared and a little flustered, and even confused, because He has it all taken care of.  CPO has shown me that it’s okay when things don’t go my way… because they are going HIS way.
Q: How have you seen God’s hand at work in the ministry of CPO?
A: I have seen God’s hand in so many areas of this ministry. I am blown away daily with the fact that this entire agency is ran by volunteers. This world has beautiful, beautiful people with the kindest of hearts who keep this remarkable agency running. Hearing testimonies, seeing birth mothers in person whose lives have been completely transformed, seeing adoptive couples hold their new baby for the first time can’t be explained any other way than our almighty God’s hand at work. Even down to the fact of my DoV position. I was very behind in hours, and was wondering if CPO might not have been the best choice for the type of internship I was required to have. I knew how much I loved it, and I knew in my heart this was where I belonged. I prayed about it, and it wasn’t but a week or two later that I was asked if I would be interested in the position. It ended up that I was actually OVER my hours this past semester.
Q: What would you say to anyone who may be considering becoming involved with CPO
A: Contact me! 😉 But really, if you feel God placing this agency on your heart, you will not regret any time spent here. Not every situation is perfect, but at the end of the day, thinking about all the lives that have been transformed within this agency makes everything worth it. Also, it’s good for you!! Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards. It helps to reduce stress: I’ve learned that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns. Volunteering also makes you healthier! Moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over one’s fate, strengthen the immune system. Optimism and joy definitely go hand in hand with CPO!

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Volunteers Matter: Shelby Williams

Crisis Pregnancy Outreach has been 100% run by volunteers since its inception more than 30 years ago. No one has ever received a salary, which enables CPO to make an even bigger difference in the lives of Tulsa area women. We know that volunteers matter, and to honor them we periodically interview and highlight one of our volunteers.
This week we learn about Shelby Williams, one of our great volunteers!

Q: In what ways do you volunteer at CPO?
A: I am the on call for CPO’s hotline every Thursday, but hopefully can begin helping out more in the upcoming months as a mentor or organizing one of the many groups at CPO.
Q: How long have you been volunteering with us?
A: I began volunteering with CPO January of 2014.
Q: How did you find out about CPO?
A: I have a dear friend who has adopted through CPO twice and he told me about the ministry.
Q: Why did you choose to volunteer at CPO versus other organizations?
A: After having my son last November I felt a certain need to help children once I held my own in my arms for the first time. It was an experience that I think every person should be able to have, to hold their beloved child. I want to give the children and babies a voice. I want to help anyone who walks through CPO’s doors or calls me on Thursday nights. Whether they just need someone to talk to or they need options. I want to be there to tell them they are not alone in any decisions they make and someone will always be there for them no matter what.
Q: What is it about crisis pregnancies that drew you to us?
A: CPO helps anyone. They are willing to help you no matter your past or present. CPO volunteers are quick to help out in any situation. For instance, we don’t care if you are purple colored and triangle shaped. It doesn’t matter what color or shape you are, you are always welcome at CPO.  That is what draws me to CPO.
Q: Why is our cause so close to your heart?
A: CPO is so close to my heart because my husband and I originally looked into CPO before we had our son, Weston. We had miscarried multiple times and had given up hope of ever having a family of our own. That is when I talked to a friend about his and his wife’s adoption through CPO and began looking into adoption. As we began our research that is when we found out we were pregnant again. After specialists, a lot of praying and worrying, and a long 9 months as a high risk pregnancy, we welcomed our only child, Weston Ryan, on 11/12/13. Unfortunately for most families, they do not have such a happy ending as we did. Some never get that chance to pack for the hospital or decorate a nursery like we did and we are so fortunate and blessed. I love seeing families made through CPO adoptions and women having the courage and strength to parent.
Q: What have you learned about yourself since you began volunteering?
A: I have learned that what I say can go a long way. That I am the first voice that someone will hear when they may be calling in a time of desperation and confusion. I try my absolute hardest to connect with the people on the other end of the hotline and make sure that they know that number is always there to call. I’ve learned that I don’t have to be perfect in my own life, that I can have flaws because we all do. I’ve learned to appreciate so much more what God has given to me and my family and that spilling my coffee in my car is not the worst thing that could happen. I at least have a car to spill coffee in. I at least have a coffee maker to make coffee in. I have a home that my coffee maker can be in. I took so much for granted until I realized that a lot of the girls we help at CPO don’t have the simple luxuries that I do and I really need to stop complaining about my pitiful problems. That someone out there has much larger problems than I do and I need to help them. They need someone and I need to be that someone.
Q: How have you seen God’s hand at work in the ministry of CPO?
A: The beautiful life and fullness seen in the eyes of the children and moms at CPO. Some of the babies that may have otherwise been aborted are smiling peacefully in their sleep, swaddled in their mom’s arms. A mom who chose to parent with the biggest smile on their face with their newborn baby. A smile of accomplishment. A birth mom and an adoptive mom embracing each other in a strong hug after the birth of their baby. The friendships amongst the birth and adoptive moms is a relationship only God could have created. It’s so amazing to see the different relationships built and the bonds that are shared at CPO.
Q: What would you say to anyone who may be considering becoming involved with CPO?
A: Don’t wait! Get involved and jump right into it. You will not regret it, I promise! It is the most rewarding thing you can do. Volunteers are what keep CPO running and continuing to help women and children. You are valued and needed. We would love for you to join CPO and make a difference!

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A big thanks to Shelby Williams for being a dedicated volunteer at CPO!


An Anonymous Volunteer’s Story of Redemption

I was introduced to Crisis Pregnancy Outreach by a lady who was also a volunteer in the office. I had been spending lots of time sitting around my house wondering and praying about what my purpose in life is. I had always worked, 35 years, then a family member had some medical issues so I had been helping care for her for about a year and a half. After that duty was finished, I began feeling that there was nothing left in life for me to do. I felt myself slowly slipping into a deep depression. When I was told CPO needed volunteers for the 2-4 shifts on a few days I knew God intended for me to be there. I was drawn to being able help a lady that found herself in a similar situation to the one I found myself in when I was 18 years old.

The father of my baby was my first true love. We dated all through high school. For Christmas of 1972, he gave me a promise ring. I was so in love with him and I just knew we would one day marry. During the middle of our senior year he decided he loved another girl so he broke up with me. I was totally devastated. As far as I was concerned my whole world had ended! He kept coming around occasionally and I was always there for him, hoping he would realize we were meant to be. When I told him I was pregnant he immediately made arrangements to drive me to Dallas for an abortion. I was young, scared, and heartbroken. I had no idea how I could raise a baby by myself and he didn’t want to ruin his plans for his future. This was right after Roe vs. Wade had passed in the Supreme Court. You were only able to get an abortion if you were six weeks pregnant, or less. It ended up that I was around seven weeks along but they went ahead and aborted my baby. That day was absolutely the worst day of my life! After approximately two months had gone by I began having severe cramps and lots of bleeding. The cramps were so severe I was doubled over in a fetal position crying. After what seemed like hours, but was only about twenty minutes, I felt like I had to go to the bathroom and I passed what was left of my little baby. The abortion clinic had not removed the entire fetus. I had to go to the doctor and have a DNC to make sure I was “cleaned out.” Remember I mentioned the day of my abortion was the worst day of my life? WRONG. Seeing a part of my little baby in the toilet and then flushing it was horrifying! I just knew God would severely punish me by not being able to have any children in the future. Through the years God blessed me with three beautiful children. You see, in those days there was no internet or organization around to help me realize there was another choice that could be made. Open adoptions did not even exist back then.

At CPO, I have learned that I can be there for someone that needs my help. I can be there to answer that ONE phone call and let some scared young girl know there ARE other choices. Choices that can be such a blessing to so many people, especially that precious little baby.

One week, while working in the office, I received, not one, but two phone calls from a couple of scared young girls. They were both being encouraged to get an abortion. I let them know that, ultimately the choice was theirs but, CPO has several waiting couples praying for a little baby. The best part is that she gets to stay involved in her baby’s life. That baby will grow up knowing that his/her mother loved them enough to provide the best parents she could chose. I got them in touch with the volunteer that can help them from that point on. There is absolutely no way I can put into words the overwhelming joy I felt in my heart. God reached out and touched me to let me know that this is the purpose of my life.

My first shift as a CPO volunteer was on June 3, 2014, and I plan on staying involved for many years to come!

I would tell anyone who might want to get involved with CPO that they are a tool for God and there’s no bigger reward than to think they took part in saving a precious little baby’s life. They would also be a huge part of blessing many lives.

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Volunteers Matter: Sarah Coffin

Crisis Pregnancy Outreach has been 100% run by volunteers since its inception more than 30 years ago. No one has ever received a salary, which enables CPO to make an even bigger difference in the lives of Tulsa area women. We know that volunteers matter, and to honor them we periodically interview and highlight one of our volunteers.
This week we learn about Sarah Coffin, one of our awesome volunteers!
Q: In what ways do you volunteer at CPO?
A: I began volunteering at CPO as a mentor for birth moms, began working as a birth doula and have since become one of Cheryl’s assistants helping facilitate adoptions.
Q: How long have you been volunteering with us?
A: Since 2009.
Q: How did you find out about CPO?
A: Marlita Camacho, one if the other birth doulas, invited me to attend and I fell in love with the girls and the ministry.
Q: Why did you choose to volunteer at CPO versus other organizations? What is it about crisis pregnancies that drew you to us?
A: I have always had a passion for empowering women and found an ideal ministry that empowers women in the midst of crisis to find their voice and receive the support they need regardless of parenting or making an adoption plan. This ministry goes beyond providing abortion alternatives and walks beside women in their greatest need, loves them and gives them the strength and support to take control of their lives.
Q: What have you learned about yourself since you began volunteering?
A: I have learned that God is a god full of grace. His heart yearns for these women to be loved and shown His grace on earth. We are all desperate for His grace.
Q: How have you seen God’s hand at work in the ministry of CPO?
A: His hand is evident every time a woman in crisis smiles, receives a compassionate hug, and is proud of her decisions.
Q: What would you say to anyone who may be considering becoming involved with CPO?
A: This is a wonderful ministry that brings you straight into the direct line of hope for so many people. You become an asset of God working in these precious women’s lives and an option beyond abortion when there seems to be no other way.

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A big thanks to Sarah Coffin for being a dedicated volunteer at CPO!


Volunteers Matter: Christina Domer

Crisis Pregnancy Outreach has been 100% run by volunteers since its inception more than 30 years ago. No one has ever received a salary, which enables CPO to make an even bigger difference in the lives of Tulsa area women. We know that volunteers matter, and to honor them we periodically interview and highlight one of our volunteers.
This week we learn about Christina Domer, a very valued CPO volunteer.
Q: In what ways do you volunteer at CPO?
A: In the past I have answered phones in the office on a bi-monthly schedule, sent out monthly donation receipts and thank you notes, and most recently worked alongside Cheryl and some other great gals as an adoption assistant. This has given me the opportunity to work closely with some of our birth moms, those making adoptions plans and those wanting assistance to parent. I also mentor a few waiting families as they navigate this journey of adoption.
Q: How long have you been volunteering with us?
A: I have been involved with CPO since we first turned in our adoption application in February 2011.
Q: How did you find out about CPO?
A: When we knew it was time to adopt everyone in our church family said, “CPO!!!”
Q: Why did you choose to volunteer at CPO versus other organizations? What is it about crisis pregnancies that drew you to us?
A: Obviously, I came to CPO because we wanted to adopt (and I had to get my required hours in!), but I STAYED because I believe so strongly in this ministry of helping women in crisis!
Q: Why is our cause so close to your heart?
A: See above! Plus, as an adopted child who never knew her birth mother, I love being able to minister to birth moms and by doing so I feel like I am, in a way, ministering to my OWN birth mom. I also believe in OPEN ADOPTION. My son’s birth mom is now a member of our family and I’m so glad we have such a great open adoption!
Q: What have you learned about yourself since you began volunteering?
A: I had no idea what some of these girls go through before they get to us. I really have a better empathy towards them. I thought it would be hard for me to minister to these girls in crisis pregnancy because of my own infertility, but I have not found that to be true. God’s grace is evident in my life every day and He has been able to use me to show these girls HIS GREAT GRACE.
Q: How have you seen God’s hand at work in the ministry of CPO?
A: Phone volunteers are SO SO SO important! Our birth mother was on her way home from a scheduled abortion that she could NOT go through with. (That is a fabulous story for another day!) She googled “adoption Tulsa” on her phone and started calling down the list of numbers that came up. We were not the first number that came up, but we WERE the first to ANSWER her call. She came in THAT day and started getting the help she needed and chose us within days! God was writing a fabulous story in her life and He still is!
Q: What would you say to anyone who may be considering becoming involved with CPO?
A: I’ve been thinking a LOT lately about how every election cycle we get all huffy about “VOTING PRO-LIFE”. I am absolutely pro-life, but we can’t just sit on our couches preaching against abortion when we aren’t DOING something to help these women have a better option. CPO is giving women better choices for themselves. So don’t just VOTE pro-life, ACT pro-life. Give, volunteer, make CPO continue to work for these women in crisis pregnancies.IMG_3110
Thanks again to Christina Domer for being a dedicated CPO volunteer!