What I Do

You might remember that I started a new job about a year ago. I never really talked about what my new job entailed – I only mentioned that I am now the Executive Director of a nonprofit.

I love my job. I absolutely love going to work every day. And I wanted to finally tell you what I do.

I am the Executive Director of a pregnancy resource center. What does that mean? We help women who are facing unplanned pregnancies make life-affirming decisions for themselves and their babies.

I know I have a very diverse readership.  I won’t pretend to know your individual situation and what you have gone through. Everyone has their own story.

But I do know the reality facing the women I work with every day. Many of them weren’t expecting to get pregnant – but now they are. Many of them want to choose life for their babies, but they’re scared. They feel alone. Confused. Without help. Without options.

Far too often, these women feel like abortion is their only choice.

And that breaks my heart.

No woman should ever be put in a position where she thinks abortion is her only option. Maybe her boyfriend is pressuring her. Maybe her parents are threatening to kick her out of their house. Maybe she is afraid of what the future holds.

Our job is to be there for her. To connect her with resources. To let her know she is not alone.

Like I said, I love what I do.

I get to empower women every day. I get to give them hope. It’s a pretty amazing thing.

We charge our clients nothing for our services, receive no government funding for the work we do, and rely entirely on the generosity of individuals and charitable organizations to continue our work. This weekend is our biggest community fundraiser of the year – our Walk for Life.

The Mini Athlete and Little Miss Athlete will be “walking” – actually, riding in their stroller at the Walk this Saturday. If you would like to sponsor them, it would be greatly appreciated! Every little bit helps us continue our work. Email me at thewannabeathlete@gmail.com for more information.

Like I said, I know that everyone reading this post right now has their own story. This can be a touchy subject, especially if you’ve been walked that journey. Maybe you’ve never been able to talk to someone about what you went through. I want you to know I’m here. Not to judge. To listen. Email me.

And I hope everyone has the opportunity to someday find a job they love as much as I love mine. 

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  1. Wow! What a rewarding job. It is awesome to have a job you love. I love mine (on most days) ;)

  2. Sounds like a really rewarding job! I’m sure it has special significance to you since you have your little ones. Have a great walk!

  3. Lisa

    What an awesome job. Thanks for sharing what you do, and best of luck with your fundraiser.

  4. I’ve thought you were amazing ever since I started following you last year after the Princess Half but now you are even more amazing! :) I hardly ever comment but I love reading about your sweet family. I am still “writing my story”, working on getting fit. I also just graduated with my MBA and am looking for my place in this world. I hope to find a career as rewarding as your must be!

  5. You have an amazing job! I follow the blog of a woman who has a similar job you have. Email if you’d like the site!:) Thank you for all that you do!

  6. Lindsay

    So do you/the non-profit you work for support women who do feel like abortion is the right choice for them?

    • Carolyn

      You can find them pretty easily online… Based on website alone, I’d guess no.

    • We absolutely support them. Actually, about 25% of the women we see have had abortions in the past. There is no judgment here. But my first question would be, why does she feel like abortion is the right choice for her? Far too often, I hear women telling me that they had an abortion because they didn’t have all of the information. They didn’t know what resources were available to them. They didn’t understand the abortion procedure. I never want a woman to choose abortion based on a lack of information. If she decides to get an abortion, that’s her decision. And we will love her and support her no matter what.

      • Ari

        Your website actually very clearly states that you don’t refer for abortion services. These organizations are simply set up to fear-monger women who are already vulnerable, by pushing a one-sided, biased and often religious agenda under the guise of helping people. You don’t care about giving women their options, you care about giving women the options YOU believe in and alienating them from the ones you don’t.

        • You’re right – we do not perform or refer for abortion services. I am sure there are centers who operate in the way you describe, and I am sorry if you ever had an experience like that. Thank you for your comment – it is a good reminder to make sure that we never let our own opinions or agendas get in the way of helping make sure women are fully informed about ALL their options. We do truly care about these women, and I feel so blessed to be able to be a part of their lives!

  7. What an amazing job you have! I have a masters in nonprofit and once I do my change in career (recreation to teaching) I hope to put my skills to use with organizations like yours. Too bad you aren’t in Orlando!

  8. Ali

    Thanks so much for sharing! Your work is so important and I hope you continue to make such a wonderful impact on our society. Good luck on the walk/run this weekend!

  9. Thanks for sharing. It’s really important for a job to be something you love and at the same time rewarding. :)
    Goodluck in everything and keep on inspiring us! :)

  10. Kathy in Chicago

    Finding a rewarding job, especially one that has controversy attached to it, is sometimes hard to admit. I have to admit & did click over to see what some of the comments were, and I think you handled them very well. :)

    I am pro-choice; I could never choose an abortion for myself, but I have been on the side of rape that every woman doesn’t want to be on, and I understand that every woman needs to do what she needs to do to survive.

    I often think of “WWJD”, and I think that He would be there to offer support, no matter what the woman’s decision. He hung out with the tax collectors and prostitutes, and was there to help them. I know in your own way you are doing the same thing. Thank you for opening up about this.

    • Cassie

      Kathy –

      While I am sure you didn’t intend it this way, your comment essentially implies that women with unplanned pregnancies, who may be considering abortion, are in league with “tax collectors and prostitutes.” I get that you mean Jesus helped everyone and didn’t judge, but it didn’t come across very well, to be honest.

      I have to say that this post kind of reads like “we take women who are alone and confused and might not have the resources to raise a child and we convince they abortion is the wrong choice and the only good choice is to have the baby.” I am pro-choice myself and don’t know if I would ever have an abortion (right now I am married and so I don’t think it would be something that might be a need for me). What I am curious about, however, is how this organization helps these women after they’ve followed your advice and decided to keep the baby? If their families abandon them, do you help provide them with housing and help them find jobs? If they have babies, but have no insurance, does the organization help cover hospital costs? What about child care services? Or is the main goal just to make sure women have babies, whether or not they can care for them properly? I am genuinely curious if your work helps women beyond the point of deciding whether or not to terminate a pregnancy, because that’s when the real hard work starts!

      • Cassie, I am SO glad you asked those questions. You’re right – being a parent is hard work! The part you described is SUCH a big part of my heart for these women. There are very real reasons she might have been considering an abortion in the first place and those don’t just magically disappear. We do have housing available for our women who might need a place to live, and we work hard to connect them with resources for continuing education and job placement. We also connect them with Medicaid or other ways to pay for their hospital costs, and do have connections with child care resources in our area where they can go after the baby is born. We have a parenting class curriculum here at our Center and we invite her (and the baby’s father) to come weekly for parenting classes during her pregnancy so they can learn and prepare to be the best parents they can be. By attending the classes, they can earn material things they might need to prepare for their baby – diapers, wipes, clothes, etc. We walk through the pregnancy WITH them – I wouldn’t work here if that weren’t the case. And actually, our clients can keep coming back after their baby is born to continue to get parenting classes, support, and material things they need – and I just love that part of it too. The relationships we build with our clients are so rewarding. I am all about empowering these women, to set them up for the best future they can possibly have!

      • Kathy in Chicago

        Hi Cassie,
        I’m so glad you pointed that out. I don’t put women who are considering abortions in the same league as prostitutes, and I’m sorry it came off that way. I will need to be more careful with my words! Thanks for letting me know!

        • Cassie

          Thanks to both of you for the replies. I am glad that your center provides a lot of other services for women beyond the counseling regarding the decision to keep the baby or not.

  11. This is such a touchy issue, but glad you brought it up on your blog. After all, it’s your forum! I’ve never had to be in this situation, and honestly, I don’t know what path I would go. I guess what always concerns me about women choosing to not abort and go through with the pregnancy is when they choose to give up their child for adoption. I often hear stories of how difficult it is for a child to become adopted here in the US. I feel like sometimes children waiting to be adopted, especially those with special needs, have such a difficult childhood, so sometimes I don’t know what’s the best option. This subject is one that I’ve always been unsure about. Your job, however, sounds awesome. Any job where you’re working towards helping people, is one worth doing.

    • Adoption is always a difficult decision, but there are different ways that adoption happens. The ways you describe about children waiting to be adopted, especially with special needs, tend to be children who are a part of the foster care system. Their parents rights have been terminated at some point in the child’s life after the baby has been born. Making an adoption plan while the mother is still pregnant, however, is a very different process. There are actually thousands of families who desperately want to adopt these babies through what is called “private adoption”. The birth mother gets to choose the adoptive parents, meet with them, and can choose how open the adoption will be. It can be a very positive things for the entire adoption triad – birth parents, adoptive parents, and adopted child!

  12. Oh wow- that’s good to know. I often think about adopting, and that seems like a much more positive experience. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Amanda Kellogg

    Great post Callie! Those girls and women are lucky to have you to turn to!

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