First Annual Our Lady’s Tea Event
Thank you to all who supported our first annual Our Lady’s Tea event on June 12, 2011, in the beautiful garden of the historic Darlington House in La Jolla.
More than 200 attendees were treated to a Sunday afternoon of sunshine and speakers discussing the progress of the pro-life movement in San Diego.
COLFS’ board member Colleen Maalouf introduced the event and reviewed the positive changes taking place at the organization, starting with the Tea.
Joan Patton, honorary chair of the event and long-time San Diego county pro-life activist and supporter, spoke of the passion in the pro-life movement after the passage of Roe vs. Wade and the faith that it would be overturned shortly thereafter. Still fighting for the rights of the unborn, Joan is a tireless leader and loyal COLFS’ supporter.
Dr. Karen Saroki told the crowd how she was led to become a pro-life family practice physician directly after completing her medical training. She credits her “Mama Mary” and her own mother, Faiza, for the choice of her vocation.
Scott Maxwell and Debbie Bradel spoke of how they will work together to encourage women in a crisis pregnancy to call COLFS by advertising the organization’s benefits on a wider scale.
We look forward to our next annual tea and hope to include many who were not able to attend due to the overwhelming response that quickly filled the venue.
Scott Maxwell promises, “Next year, we will anticipate a larger crowd and make accommodations to comfortably gather more women in support of what we do at COLFS and in the surrounding communities. We underestimated the enthusiasm of those in San Diego County and beyond who are serious about ending abortion and helping those in crisis pregnancies.”
Watch for more information about the Second Annual Our Lady’s Tea Event in 2012.
Take a Look At What’s New
If you’ve had the opportunity to visit our website recently, you’ve noticed some of the positive changes taking place at COLFS.
Our new website has been launched! Visitors now have an opportunity to make one-time or ongoing donations just by the click of a mouse. Saving time and money, online giving is a convenient way to support our ministry and help save lives. Visit www.colfs.org today!
Our new logo, along with subdued tones of green and orange, has been incorporated in a variety of marketing materials. A banner has been developed for events, such as this year’s Catholic Family Conference, and other places where our pro-life booth stands. Display items, like brochures and rack cards, also help to spread the word about COLFS.
In addition, marketing materials have been developed to give to women at risk of crisis pregnancy or who find themselves experiencing one. Business cards are handed out regularly by Crisis Pregnancy Coordinator Debbie Bradel to inform women that an option besides death exists for all who find themselves in need.
With more funding from generous donors, it is our hope to target colleges, where abortion services are heavily marketed and offered directly on campus. Our wish list also includes bus advertisements and billboards.
Health Matters On Catholic Radio
Join Dr. George Delgado every third Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. on Catholic Radio AM 1000. You also can stream the show live at www.catholicradioofsandiego.com.
Dr. Delgado is joined by Scott Maxwell as they discuss the pressing medical matters of today, such as the abortion pill RU-486, vaccines and YOUR health.
You are invited to listen and call in with your questions for Dr. Delgado, as you support Catholic Radio of San Diego.
Introducing Scott Maxwell and Debbie Bradel
Fulfilling a passion to work in the battle for preserving precious lives, Scott Maxwell recently joined COLFS as the Executive Director of Development.
Scott brings with him a combination of over 20 years of sales, marketing, fund raising, promotions and nonprofit experience and a bachelor degree in business.
“Having the opportunity to spread the word about the life-saving work of COLFS and provide events where supporters can meet and fellowship is an important aspect of my position here. Witnessing the commitment that Dr. George Delgado and Dr. Karen Saroki have for saving the lives of the unborn, and the compassion for the women that are seen at this office, is a blessing to everyone involved.”
“I’m thrilled to be a part of COLFS, and I look forward to meeting every patient and supporter of this vital ministry! My goals are to increase awareness of our pregnancy resources and to ask for your support and prayers.”
Scott possesses recognition in the local and far-reaching Catholic communities. This will be an asset to COLFS and, consequently, a benefit to the ministry of the women who walk through the organization’s door looking for the choice of life for their unborn children.
Saving lives through outreach and calls to our crisis pregnancy hotline, Debbie Bradel, RN graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.
Prior to taking on the Crisis Pregnancy Coordinator position at COLFS, Debbie spent six years praying in front of abortion clinics and performing sidewalk counseling on Saturday mornings.
In addition, her medical background is an asset to our organization and the women in need. Debbie’s experience as a nurse encompasses assignments in the emergency room, cardiac care, hospice, research, home health and public health nursing. While she has enjoyed all aspects of her vocation, Debbie explains, “My favorite way to help people is to save their babies from abortion.”
COLFS is the perfect ministry for Debbie to perform her favorite type of nursing. When a call comes in, she prays that the Holy Spirit will give her the right words to help the scared mom develop the courage to come in for a sonogram. In addition, Debbie’s experience in public health has given her knowledge of the community resources that pregnant women need to support them in their pregnancies.
Another aspect of Debbie’s job is to coordinate Baby Bottle Drives with parishes and schools. “The baby bottles serve as a reminder of how precious and innocent these babies are.” Debbie continues, “This campaign is both an awareness and a fundraiser to help save lives and allows the parishioner to play a huge role in our ministry by filling the bottles with change, bills or checks—money they saved by sacrificing and not buying a meal or coffee that day.”
Please welcome both Scott and Debbie to our COLFS family!
Fighting the Good Fight to Save Lives
It was the usual busy July day at COLFS, when Dr. Saroki called me in to meet a “very brave” 19-year-old girl who was expecting a baby. Her mother and step-father were pressuring her to have an abortion and would not let her live in their home. Dr. Saroki asked me to help her find a place to stay.
I started small, just checking with the usual civic resources, which resulted in nothing. After I alerted the San Diego Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, I was contacted by approximately one dozen families!
Feeling blessed that we had so many offers of help, I prayed for God to show me the family where He wanted our “brave girl” to stay. She is thriving there!
Thanks to the family’s connection to other wonderful Catholics, she has a part-time job, a visiting nurse who comes to the house to monitor her pre-natal status, a local doctor and the opportunity to participate in a healthy family life of giving and receiving. She since has found that she is having a boy and has chosen a name for him.
She is on a waiting list for a program that subsidizes apartments for single moms and their babies. It also provides mentoring and parenting classes until the baby is 2 years old. By then, this young mom, whose life was in trouble until being helped by COLFS and those who support us, hopes to be employed as a chef so she can parent her son responsibly.
Praise God for orchestrating a lovely symphony of hearts and hands that came together and saved an unborn baby and his precious mom.
Six months pregnant, Hope came as a refugee from Ethiopia. She was referred to COLFS by her friend, Martha, who was a crisis pregnancy patient of Dr. Delgado’s last year. Martha remembered how loving the COLFS staff was to her
in time of great need, so she asked us if she could bring Hope over to the Hillcrest office for a baby basket.
When they arrived, Hope’s eyes lit up and her smile expressed her appreciation as she opened her arms to receive a basket full of baby items: onesies, socks, a blanket, shampoo, a baby book, diapers, wipes—just about everything
she would need for the nursery.
I explained that Christian people donate items to COLFS so that we can help people in need; and it was our pleasure to be of service. I also provided both ladies with phone numbers for low-income housing assistance and job possibilities.
I also want to make an impact on someone's life!
New baby boy born last week: JimmyLee with mom, Trishia, and grandmother Charmaine.
Trisha’s mom wrote the following :
First of all, I want to thank you and the Culture of Life organization for your support. When Trisha arrived in San Diego a couple of months ago to pursue her career, she struggled with trying to locate housing and also could not afford it. However, through the support of this organization, Trisha was able to secure housing for herself, 21 month old Malachi and her new baby boy “JR” who is just shy of one week old. There were many doors closed to Trisha.
Organizations that assist homeless were not able to address her needsm- housing, food, and items needed in the apartment. And therefore, without your support, Trisha’s dreaming of attending school would have been just that, a “dream”. Not only is she attending school, have shelter, furniture, but I, her mother, was able to come from Illinois to be with her during the birth of baby boy – who by the way, weighed 9lb 8oz. In short, the support Trisha has got from this organization speaks to me. Not only am I appreciative of the support, but I’m so encouraged by the love that I also want to make an impact on someone’s life! Thank you.
Charmaine- Trisha’s mother
Charmaine scribbled this note on a pad of paper today while waiting for her daughter to have her follow up with Dr. Delgado. Thanks to you all, the family is in safe housing until November. By that time, Trisha may be able to obtain housing on her own.
For those who have offered furniture, diapers, wipes, high chair, mattress, dresser- please call Trisha and/or Charmaine at (619) 852 3180. They don’t have a car, but perhaps something can be arranged to help them obtain these needed items.
You are doing the world, not only myself, a wonderful thing
"I have been very grateful for what you have been able to give me. I can’t even express in words how thankful. I am grateful that I found you. You are doing the world, not only myself, a wonderful thing."
Much love and respect, Amanda
(Thank you note sent from abortion intent mom who came to COLFS seeking late term abortion.)
Everyday, I thank God for my wonderful, healthy and happy baby girl
My name is Tina and I am 37 and a native of San Diego, California. My story happens to be a very good one, thanks especially to Culture of Life Family Services organization. See, I found I was pregnant and really had no one to turn to. I had an appointment to (I hate to say it) abort my baby. But, I believe God stepped in as I was walking down the street one day, I came upon a sign. It was a Pregnancy Help Center. I went in and they gave me an ultrasound. From then on, I could not do that to my child inside of me. I listened to them and got advice to see a specific doctor – who was a great help. His name is Dr. Delgado and the Culture of Life Family Services. They referred me to a wonderful maternity home. (I was homeless). There, I received guidance and a home. Everyday, I thank God for my wonderful, healthy and happy baby girl, Desiree. She is here because of great advice and caring. Now, I am happy with child and also more grown up then I could have ever hoped for.
Thank you all!
Tina and Desiree
Finding an NFP method that helped build a stronger marriage was wonderful
John & Deanna Shumate are proud parents. They graciously share their story of coming to COLFS.
“My husband and I have a conviction not to use contraceptives in our marriage for spiritual and health reasons. When he proposed to me in 2004, we needed to find Natural Family Planning (NFP) instruction. This was hard to find in San Diego. I came across Culture of Life Family Services on the web and we started learning the Creighton Model System (CrMS) from Catherine Breen when we got married. We had been waiting 8 years to be married and start a family, so finding an NFP method that helped build a stronger marriage was wonderful. The CrMS brought us both to a deeper appreciation of the marriage relationship. We used CrMS for one year to post-pone pregnancy and then for one month to achieve it!
I also needed a doctor that practiced OBGYN and we both needed primary care physician. We found this in Dr. Delgado. We love his appreciation for life and the heart behind his medical practices. Dr. Delgado treated me through my pregnancy, delivered our daughter and is now her pediatrician. It is a blessing to see the Christ’s heart in our family. We are excited to know all that COLFS offers in support of life.
John, Deanna and Rachel Amour Shumate
- 03/25/2009 - Ethically Questionable Vaccines - By George Delgado, M.D. 3-25-2009
- 07/31/2007 - Article in National Catholic Register - Doing Catholic Healthcare Right
- 8/02/2006 - New cervical cancer vaccine approved by FDA - Interview with Dr. Delgado by KPBS.
- New Oxford Review - THE BIRTH CONTROL PILL IS A "GATEWAY" DRUG
Pope Paul VI's Prophetic Warning - May 2006 By George Delgado
- Catholic Exchange Article - New Pro-life Apostolate Offers Hope, Healing and Medical Care
- Please contact Scott Maxwell (619) 692-4401 if you would like a speaker to come to your parish and present Culture of life Family Services to your parishioners. We will explain our mission, what services are available to your parishioners, and how they can participate. CALL NOW, speakers are ready!
- Sacred Heart Parish in Coronado put its mind to raising the funds to purchase an ultrasound machine for Culture of life Family Services in Escondido, and they did! Click here for more information
You’ve helped SAVE UNBORN BABIES!
We received a very nice, handwritten note from Turning Point Pregnancy Center in Mira Mesa.
Dear Dr. Delgado and staff,
I’m writing this letter with deep appreciation and gratitude for all you do for the pro-life community. I’m the Executive Director of Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center in Mira Mesa. Since becoming the director in June of 2006, I’ve referred countless women to your office for an ultrasound. They varied in age, circumstances, race, creed, etc. but all had one thing in common: they were pregnant and abortion minded. You and your staff were always ready to make room to see these women, regardless of their ability to pay for your services, or not matter how busy you were. Not only is that a tremendous resource for our center but you’ve helped SAVE UNBORN BABIES!
For His Kingdom,