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Care Net Center seeks director following death of leader

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 February 2019 at 5:29 pm

Kim Scott praised for vision in strengthening center’s mission

Provided photo: Kim Scott is shown in late November with a Christmas tree in the hallway of Care Net Center of Greater Orleans in Albion. She passed away from cancer on Jan. 18.

ALBION – The Care Net Center of Greater Orleans is seeking a new director to lead the organization which has a pro-life mission.

Kim Scott, the center’s director, passed away on Jan. 18 after twice battling cancer. She was praised by staff for her vision in moving the center to a more prominent and accessible location in the community, the KFC and Family Dollar plaza at 168 South Main St.

“She was a people-person who just loved people,” said Sharon Sugar, the office manager. “She was also very detail-oriented and that allowed her to do many things at once.”

Scott was also a fun person to work with, and very passionate about Care Net’s ministry, said Jocelyn Wilson, the client advocate at the center.

“She loved working here and loved the mission of it,” Wilson said about Scott.

The center is in its 28th year. Last year it served 133 clients who made 585 visits to the site.

Care Net provides limited ultrasounds to confirm a baby’s heartbeat. Care Net did nine ultrasounds last month. The center also provides free pregnancy tests, STI testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea, peer counseling, parenting and healthy relationship education, and post-abortion support.

The center also has two “blessing boutique rooms” with supplies for families, including clothing, diapers, wipes, formula and toys. When parents complete classes, they earn “blessing bucks” for some of the items in the boutique rooms.

Scott organized several successful fundraising programs, including the annual banquet. Last year’s event in April was attended by about 400 people and raised $50,000.

Care Net staff Sharon Sugar, left, and Jocelyn Wilson are pictured at the center’s suite at 168 South Main Street. Other staff include nurse manager Kathy Baker and Sally Grout, who does limited ultrasounds.

Scott already worked out most of the details for this year’s banquet on April 4 at Hickory Ridge Country Club, including lining up the speaker, Christian musician Matt Hammitt. He is also an author and launched the “Lead Me Live” marriage and family program with his wife, Sarah.

Scott also worked on a new fundraiser for Care Net, a March 9 shopping extravaganza and basket auction from noon to 6 p.m. at Care Net. The event includes several local vendors and businesses.

The center has seen an increase in volunteers and supporters since Gov. Cuomo and the State Legislature last month approved the “Reproductive Health Act” which makes Roe Vs. Wade law in state, affirming abortion rights.

The executive director position is part-time, 24 to 30 hours a week. For more information call the center at (585) 589-7505, send a cover letter and resume to carenetorleans@gmail.com or click here.

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