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We are a Pregnancy Resource Center located in Staten Island, committed to assisting women and families who are facing unplanned pregnancies by providing them accurate information about their options and by offering them ongoing support.  

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A Word from the Director......

Work is a good thing for man…because through work man not only transforms nature, adapting it to his own needs, but he also achieves fulfillment as a human being.  -Saint John Paul II 

With the celebration of Labor Day, our summer comes to its unofficial close – a relief to mothers of school-aged children, a regret to commuters who had gotten used to expanding their elbows while reading the newspaper. And while we enjoyed the lazy pace of these ‘dog days’, there is something invigorating about September as we snap back into action with a full work load. Even for those in retirement, there is something refreshing and reassuring in watching one’s children return to their routines. For, despite the tensions and irritations that come with each task, we do find fulfillment in our work. To the extent that we accept it is not just a job but a vocation, work forms our character even as it contributes to the well-being of others. That is why unemployment is so dangerous to an individual and detrimental to society.

Losing one’s job is often devastating, especially for the breadwinner of a family. It forces one to make painful lifestyle adjustments and reassess one’s goals. It can also lead one to resign all ambitions and slip into idleness. And an idle mind is, as Don Bosco reminds us, the devil’s workshop where one is tempted with all kinds of vice. Even as unemployment insurance provides a necessary safety net when someone slips or is pushed off the ladder of success, it is important to grab onto another ladder and begin again that ascent. More vital than any skill set is that determination not to quit.

Worse than slipping off that ladder is never having had the impetus to grasp the first rung. Accustomed as they are to receiving unearned benefits from parents, it is not uncommon for teens to shy away from work. Only when compelled to get that first job do many young adults appreciate how empowering gainful employment is. Conversely, as Don Bosco observed, too much free time invariably leads energetic young men (and women) to “unwholesome thoughts.” The origin of terrorism in the Middle East and of violence in our own society may be traced to the Evil One working on an idle mind.

For the well-being of our society, it is important that we not reinforce idleness in our youth but provide both them with both the incentive and opportunities to work. This has been the approach we have taken in our Earn-While-You-Learn Parenting program. While some mothers initially balk at the requirements, at the end of the course, they take pride in the fact that they were able to earn the Mommy Money to get their baby’s outfits rather than simply being given a hand-out. Whether we earn a little or a lot, there is no substitute to the dignity we get from work. Thank you for your continued support.

 
--Bill


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