Grace House Ministries is excited to welcome its first male staff member, Charley Rickey, as Client Services Coordinator and to begin offering services geared toward young men as they begin their fatherhood journey.
When young fathers accompany their wives and girlfriends to pregnancy resource centers, they are encouraged to attend the parenting classes Grace House offers, but this will be the first time Grace House will offer classes specifically designed for fathers.
"My wife [Nicole] and I care deeply about the work done by Grace House, The Options Clinic, and other such organizations," Rickey said. "Without one such center, Nicole’s mother would have chosen to end her life in the womb. So, when the opportunity to get involved presented itself, I was definitely interested. When Dana began to share with me about the desire to reach men and help them take their place as fathers, I was fully sold."
Rickey and his family moved to Weatherford from Siloam Springs, Arkansas to be part of Grace House’s growth in their ministry to young men. He will office part of the week at Grace House Pregnancy Center on East Eureka Street where he will teach classes for fathers, and part of the week he will office at the Options Clinic on 902 Foster Lane after its opening in early 2017.
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"The opportunity to be a part of building healthy, functioning families, with men standing up where they’re called to be spoke to me so clearly," Rickey said. "The trainings and other experiences I’ve had since further confirmed that I had the heart for this and that the Lord was opening the door to it."
Grace House Ministries is a nonprofit organization that is committed to providing life-affirming resources for families in the community via three services. The Options Clinic offers free pregnancy testing and pregnancy verification under the medical direction of Dr. Lindsay McBride. The Grace House Pregnancy Center offers free parenting classes where clients can earn credit to spend on clothes and formula from the baby boutique. The Pure Truth in-school training program sends volunteers into local schools to teach an abstinence-based curriculum and awards a scholarship every spring to a college-bound high school senior. For more information, visit gracehouseministries.net or call 817-599-9080.