Care Net has new leader for Greater Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 September 2013 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers – The Care Net Center of Greater Orleans provides free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and other resources to families in crisis. The organization, which is based in the former Lipton’s office building across from McDonalds in Albion, has a new director, Gloria Lear. The staff includes, from left: Tiffani Ford, client services manager; Jocelyn Wilson, office manager; Lear; and Mary Jane Jimenez, nurse.

ALBION – An organization, which has been serving women and families in crisis pregnancies since 1989, has a new leader.

Gloria Lear, a former director of volunteer services and physician liaison for Lakeside Memorial Hospital in Brockport, is now director of the Care Net Center of Greater Orleans. The organization is nearing its 25th anniversary in Orleans County.

Care Net is based out of the former Lipton’s office building on Route 31 in Albion, across from McDonalds. Care Net provides free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, tests for sexually transmitted infections, and other resources for families, including peer support and material aid.

“We want to help people make healthier choices, and not judge them for any of their decisions,” Lear said at the center, 111 West Ave.

Care Net is solely funded by donations, and many churches support the group’s mission. Lear wants to expand Care Net’s support throughout the community.

“We want to expand out outreach beyond the churches,” she said. “My main goal is to make a difference in the community.”

Lear has a degree in business and is working on a bachelor’s degree in public health. The Albion residents has three children, ages 13, 17 and 20. She has been a volunteer dance instructor the past eight years for Gotta Dance by Miss Amy.

Lear is part of a Care Net team that includes four part-time staff, including a nurse, client services manager and office manager.

Care Net is planning its annual “Walk for Life” at 9 a.m. on Nov. 2 at Mount Albion Cemetery. Participants can secure sponsors for the walk. For more information, contact Care Net at 589-7505.