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Living Together

It’s been six months, and you’re already spending a few nights a week staying at your partner’s place or vice versa. Maybe it’s time?

Cohabitation, shacking up, taking the halfway plunge, moving in, living together. Whatever you want to call it, it’s the closest thing to marriage without the wedding vows. And it’s happening more and more frequently. Nearly 50% of all couples getting married have already lived together, according to a Rutgers University study. The National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia says cohabitation has increased more than 1,500% since the 1960s. With that increase, A CDC study also reports that 50% of couples that move in together break up within 5 years.

This increase in couples living together can be attributed to several factors from the economy, to increased cultural acceptance, or the availability of birth control.  Whatever the cause, many couples choose to move in together without really considering all the pros and cons and the short and long term affects on their relationship. And while an exhaustive list isn’t possible, here are seven things we think couples should think about before moving in together.

7 Things to Think About Before Moving In Together

1 – Why are you thinking about moving in together?

Have you both discussed it and are you on the same page? Couples, or rather guys, often refer to moving in as taking a test drive. They think living together will let them know if they are compatible before getting married. For many, they see the divorce rate, or they come families where divorce occurred and they think cohabitation will help them avoid that fate. We hear this more from guys. “You wouldn’t buy a car without taking it out for a test drive first”, they say. Well, if they don’t like the test drive, what is the return policy? The problem isn’t just with what a “test drive” communicates; it’s that studies show that couples who live together before they get married are actually more likely to get a divorce than those who don’t. So it’s more like a test drive before leasing a car than buying one.

It’s important to be clear and honest about your expectations when you discuss why you want to move in together. Many times women think that moving in together is that next step towards a ring, while he may be thinking it means more frequent sex, half the rent and someone to clean up after him. We know, those are stereotypes, but the reality is if you both aren’t on the same page about why you want to move in together, you are both going to end up frustrated.

2 – Do you want children?

“Whoaaaaaa! Let’s not get ahead of ourselves” is probably what you are thinking. We haven’t even talked about any of the details like where we’re going to live, and whether we want to get married yet. Well, you better start talking about children sooner rather than later, especially when you consider that around 20% of women who are cohabiting will get pregnant within the first year of moving in together. So talking about this first is pretty important. After all, you’ll probably want to know if he’s going to stick around or leave you holding a baby or facing an abortion alone.

If one of you already has kids, that increases the importance of making sure it’s the right move. Kids need stability and a feeling of safety, so if children are involved, we recommend you think about it a little longer than it it’s just you.

3 – Money, Money, Money, Money

This is a big one and clarifying expectations up front about finances may make or break the relationship. Money is the #1 source of conflict in most relationships, whether married or cohabiting. You need to be clear about who’s paying the bills and managing the money. Are you splitting all expenses 50/50 – groceries, nights out, vacations and trips to see family, or do you have another plan? What about rent and whose name is on the lease?  Which brings us to our next topic…

4 – Where are you going to live?

Your place is bigger. Their place has lower rent. Your lease is up sooner. They can probably find someone to take over their lease more easily. These are all things to consider when moving in, but maybe not the most important things. Inviting someone into what was “your” space can be challenging. Are you ready to give up part of what was your closet? How will they respond when their work space becomes your home office? Sometimes, finding a new space where you can start fresh and establish your routines together is a good idea. That way no one is territorial about what was his or her space. With this comes the challenge of finding a new space, as well as planning or at least thinking ahead about how you will work things out if the relationship doesn’t.

5 -What if it doesn’t work out?

It was just a test drive, and it just didn’t work. Easy to say, but not so easy to work out in the end. The expectations for moving in together are different than those with marriage. Unfortunately, with cohabitation both men and women tend to set their standards just a little bit lower than if they were looking for a spouse. And while that makes it much easier to get into a live-in relationship, it doesn’t necessarily make it easier to get out.  What they thought was a low-risk decision, isn’t always. A shared lease can leave someone homeless. Shared possessions and pets can lead to an even uglier break up. And shared children can lead to heartbreak beyond what they ever imagined if the relationship doesn’t work out. All of these things need to be considered before taking a relationship to the next level. Even though none of us imagine they will happen to us, statistics say they are very probable.

6 – We’re so in love, and he/she is perfect for me.

Once you move in your relationship will change – there is no might change; it will. While your partner always looks amazing when you go out, they aren’t always going to look that way. And that perfume or cologne you love, yeah, they won’t smell that way when they come back from the gym and neither will their sweaty clothes lying around. Reality does look very different than fantasy when it comes to moving in and you need to talk about it and prepare for it beforehand. Who’s going to do the dishes, clean the table, take out the trash, clean the toilet? Divvying up the responsibilities and chores is something you need to discuss before one of you gets frustrated because your expectations weren’t met or you end up doing the one task you absolutely can’t stand.

Now that you have the household chores taken care of you’ll need to talk about all the time you’re going to be spending together. At first you’ll love being together 24/7, but over time you’ll realize you still need some personal space. Maybe that’s a night out with friends, maybe it’s a room or corner of a room in your home. Whatever it is, you’ll both need to plan for time away from each other regularly. Especially once you begin to discover those little annoying habits of your partner. We all have them, there’s no getting around it. Maybe it’s weird sleep noises, or how they put the toilet paper on the roll, or that cute laugh that isn’t so cute everyday. Whatever that fingernails-on-the-chalkboard habit is, you’ll need to deal with it openly before frustration gets the best of you.

7 – Do I really want to get married?

While 75% of couples that are living together say they want to get married, many don’t. They are in love, but one or both partners may not be sure marriage is relevant to them or even a good idea. They may have grown up in a divorced family and don’t want to go through that again, so they avoid the commitment of marriage.  What they often fail to realize is that those same emotions occur in live-in situations, only they happened more frequently. And so they aren’t able to avoid the hurt, and they miss out on some of the benefits of marriage. Studies consistently show that levels of happiness increase in married couples, they are more content and have a lower death rate than those who live together. Marriage also increases the well being of women as well as men and children. We’re not saying marriage is easy, but statistics show it may be easier than living together.

Living together is a big decision, one that shouldn’t be made without some serious consideration. If moving in with your partner is something you’re thinking about, we would encourage you to take the time to think it through, to weigh the pros and cons and to talk it over with your partner and even someone else who isn’t invested in the relationship. If you need someone to talk to, we’d love to sit down, listen, and help you work through what is going to be the best for you.

If you’ve made the decision to move in and are having second thoughts, we’re here for you too. Bottom line, we care about you and we want you to have healthy relationships because you matter to us.

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Am I Really Pregnant? Do I Need An Ultrasound? https://www.scprc.com/really-pregnant-need-ultrasound/ Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:00:51 +0000 http://www.scprc.com/?p=1481 Positive. Again. It’s still positive. Why is it still positive? This wasn’t the plan. How did this happen? How can I be PREGNANT? So Many Questions When you get a positive result when you weren’t planning to get pregnant, the questions just keep coming. How will I tell him? How will I tell my parents? What will [...]

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Ultrasound

Positive. Again. It’s still positive. Why is it still positive?

This wasn’t the plan. How did this happen? How can I be PREGNANT?

So Many Questions

When you get a positive result when you weren’t planning to get pregnant, the questions just keep coming.

How will I tell him?

How will I tell my parents?

What will they say?

Is this test really accurate? Maybe I should take one more.

How pregnant am I?

What am I going to do? 

Can I have a baby?

Do I want a baby? 

Does he want a baby?

Will he stick around?

Am I in this alone?

The questions can be overwhelming and your mind may rush through them, not giving you time to think through the potential answers. That is normal, and eventually your mind will slow down and you will begin to work through the answers as you look at all the possibilities.  As you work through those immediate questions, they will lead to others. One question that may eventually come up is,  “Do I need an ultrasound and if so, where and when can I have it done?”

 

Ultrasound at PRC

At Pregnancy Resource Clinic, one of the free services we offer is limited Obstetric Ultrasound. These tests are used to confirm that you are in fact pregnant and that the pregnancy is viable (not an ectopic pregnancy – Link). No more wondering — you will know.

 

When Can I Get An Ultrasound?

First, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with our office. At that appointment you’ll take a pregnancy test here in the office and, if the test is positive, our staff will ask you some questions to try to determine how far along you are in your pregnancy.  At that point we will schedule a second appointment for the ultrasound. We typically recommend you have your first ultrasound when you’re about 6 weeks along or further, as the results can be clearer. Our medical staff will give you the results and time to process the information. After the ultrasound you’ll again have chance to talk to our staff about all your options and which may be best for you. No pressure to make a decision, just information and a listening ear. They will also be able to help you with referrals for any additional medical care or other services you may need.

 

Bring a Friend

We know this is probably a scary time for you, and we don’t want you to go through it alone. If you have a friend, the baby’s father, a parent – whoever you would like to bring, they are more then welcome to come with you to the appointment. We want you to feel comfortable. They won’t be able to go with you into the exam room right away, but they will be able to wait in the lobby and we will let them see you as soon as possible.

 

After your positive pregnancy test, getting an ultrasound is the next step to confirm you are pregnant with a viable pregnancy. With this confirmation you can begin to process the options and plan for the future.

 

So if you’ve taken the test, or think you might be pregnant and need a free test, give us a call. We’re here to not only give you the test, but also to listen, provide all your options and support you in your decision.

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Ectopic Pregnancy: What You Need To Know https://www.scprc.com/ectopic-pregnancy-need-know/ Mon, 29 Dec 2014 10:00:52 +0000 http://www.scprc.com/?p=1469 Ectopic pregnancies are relatively rare here in the US, occurring in less then 2% of all pregnancies. But, because it is a serious medical condition that can be life threatening and requires immediate attention, it is something which all women should be made aware. What is an Ectopic Pregnancy? The simple answer is that it [...]

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Ectopic Pregnancy- What You Need To Know

Ectopic pregnancies are relatively rare here in the US, occurring in less then 2% of all pregnancies. But, because it is a serious medical condition that can be life threatening and requires immediate attention, it is something which all women should be made aware.

What is an Ectopic Pregnancy?

The simple answer is that it is a pregnancy that has implanted and is growing where it shouldn’t be. In a typical pregnancy, the fertilized egg implants in the woman’s uterus. For those experiencing an ectopic pregnancy, the implantation occurs often times in the fallopian tube, but it can also occur in the ovary, cervix or the abdominal cavity in some cases. When the implantation occurs in the fallopian tube, the most common place for an ectopic pregnancy, it is also known as a tubal pregnancy.

How does an Ectopic Pregnancy Occur?

The ectopic pregnancy occurs when the fertilized egg implants in the wrong place, but why it occurs is usually unknown. There are some things that make women more likely to have an ectopic pregnancy such as a previous ectopic pregnancy, if she’s had a pelvic infection, if she get’s pregnant while using an IUD, has had an infection in the fallopian tubes, has had certain STDs such as gonorrhea or chlamydia, or has had a tubal ligation. Unfortunately there is nothing you can do to prevent an ectopic pregnancy.

How Will I Know If I Have An Ectopic Pregnancy?

There are some symptoms that may indicate you have a tubal pregnancy. If you are pregnant and have severe pain on one side of your abdomen or pelvis, experience light-headedness or dizziness, you have an extremely low blood pressure, or pass tissue (not just blood and clots) from your vagina it can be a signal of an ectopic pregnancy. You also may or may not experience bleeding. While these are all possible symptoms of a tubal pregnancy, your doctor will want to perform a few tests to confirm that it is indeed an ectopic pregnancy. Your doctor may run some blood tests as well as a pregnancy test, and conduct a pelvic exam. They will also most likely give you an ultrasound to determine if a the pregnancy is located outside the uterus. This is important – if you think you might have an ectopic pregnancy, you should seek immediate medical attention, either from your physician or the emergency room. A tubal pregnancy is a medical situation that needs immediate attention and diagnosis. We’re not trying to scare you, but not getting medical attention can result in abdominal bleeding from a ruptured organ, causing a patient to loose blood pressure and potentially die. At PRC, if you receive an ultrasound and we discover an ectopic pregnancy, we will assist you with finding medical treatment right away and provide you with the information and paperwork you would need to take to the hospital.

What Happens If It Is An Ectopic Pregnancy?

If a fertilized egg implants somewhere other than the uterus, it can’t survive, and it can’t be relocated. When this happens, the woman’s life is at risk and the pregnancy must be terminated. Occasionally, in the case of a tubal pregnancy, the fallopian tube will need to be removed as well through surgery. If the ectopic pregnancy is caught early, the termination can be done through medication, allowing the body to absorb the tissue with no surgery. If not caught early, surgery may be required. Unfortunately, once it is confirmed that the pregnancy is ectopic, you should be advised that terminating the pregnancy is the only option for survival.

What Should I Expect After An Ectopic Pregnancy?

Each woman’s experience is different. It is not uncommon for women to experience a wide range of emotions, including relief, guilt, and loss. These are all normal feelings even if the pregnancy was unplanned and you weren’t sure if you were going to carry your baby to term. We would encourage you to find someone to talk to who can help you process your feelings. We would love to be there for you and those near you who may also be struggling with their feelings. If we can help, please give us a call and set up an appointment.

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5 “Facts” You Think You Know About STDs That Aren’t True https://www.scprc.com/5-facts-think-know-stds-arent-true/ Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:33:53 +0000 http://www.scprc.com/?p=1455 Since we began offering STD testing at PRC we have had the opportunity to serve many clients from all walks of life. One thing that is consistent is the difficulty telling someone they have a STD, especially when it’s a viral STD that they will have for life. Many times, they have a hard time [...]

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STD Myths

Since we began offering STD testing at PRC we have had the opportunity to serve many clients from all walks of life. One thing that is consistent is the difficulty telling someone they have a STD, especially when it’s a viral STD that they will have for life. Many times, they have a hard time believing it could happen to them. “We’ve taken precautions”, or “I haven’t had sex with that many people” they say.

As we talk to them, it becomes clear that some of our clients thought they were being safe. However, they had believed some “facts” that unfortunately just aren’t true. Here are five of the common myths our clients have believed.

 

5 “Facts” About STDs That Just Aren’t True

 

“Fact” #1 – You can’t get a STD from oral sex.

Truth: STDs can be transferred in many ways. Any skin-to-skin or bodily fluid contact, including genital-to-genital or genital to mouth can allow a STD to spread to your partner.

 

“Fact” #2 – I’ve only had sex with one person, so I can’t have an STD. Only people who have sex with lots of people get them.

Truth: Statistics show that 1 in 2 sexually active young people will have a STD by age 25. That’s a scary number. So if that 1 partner has been sexually active (oral or otherwise) with just one other person the odds of getting a STD are already high. Imagine what those statistics look like if either partner has had multiple partners.

 

“Fact” #3 – You can’t get a STD if you use a condom

Truth: While condoms provide some protection against unintended STDs they aren’t 100% effective. In some cases, they don’t provide much protection if any. An example, if there are genital warts or herpes sores in areas that the condom doesn’t cover, it does nothing to prevent the spread of an STD.

 

“Fact” #4 – Taking birth control pills protects against STDs

Truth: We’re not sure where this one came from, but it’s simply not true. Birth control pills offer absolutely no protection against STDs.

 

“Fact” #5 – If my partner has a STD I’ll know about it

Truth: The only way to know if someone has an STD is for that person to get tested. Many STD such as Gonorrhea and Chlamydia, two of the most common STDs, show no visible symptoms. Not only can you not tell if your partner has them, they may not even know themselves. That is the main reason STDs spread so quickly is that often the infected person has no idea they have a STD.

 

We hope that this post wasn’t new information for you, that you were aware of these myths and that you aren’t relying of false information to keep you safe. STDs are very common, but they can also be very dangerous. Some STDs are incurable, some can cause issues later in life if you want to have children, and some are linked to cancer. If you have 1 STD, your chances of contracting a second are increased.

The good news, many STDs can be treated and cured, but they have to be detected first. The only way that happens is through testing, and don’t assume that is happening when you visit your doctor. Chances are it isn’t unless you are asking for it. So if you’re sexually active, whether you’ve had sex with one person or several, we encourage you to give us a call and schedule a free STD test. Knowing the truth allows you to make better decisions and get the treatment you may need.

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My Friend is Pregnant, How Can I Help Her? https://www.scprc.com/friend-is-pregnant/ Mon, 01 Dec 2014 17:03:12 +0000 http://www.scprc.com/?p=1440 My Friend is Pregnant As you’re sitting in a busy coffee shop talking about your day, out of nowhere your friend whispers, “I’m pregnant.” Luckily, you weren’t mid sip. Your mouth drops, and you’re not sure whether to be excited or scared to death for your friend. Maybe you’re not sure what to say, so [...]

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My Friend is Pregnant

My Friend is Pregnant

As you’re sitting in a busy coffee shop talking about your day, out of nowhere your friend whispers, “I’m pregnant.” Luckily, you weren’t mid sip. Your mouth drops, and you’re not sure whether to be excited or scared to death for your friend. Maybe you’re not sure what to say, so you sit there silently for a few seconds, gathering your thoughts. “Really”, you say. “What are you going to do?” You knew the answer before you asked. “I’m not sure”, she says.

You lean over and give her a hug because you don’t know what else to do, what else to say. Right now you know she needs your support and a hug is a good start. Over the next few days, weeks, and months she is going to need your support in some very practical ways. She’s going to need to know that you are there for her no matter what. Some of these ways of being there for her may even help you work through your emotions about her pregnancy.

Be Supportive and Positive

As your friend processes the information and works through all of her options she is going to need someone in her corner. This is probably one of the biggest decisions she will face in her life and she is probably feeling completely overwhelmed. Ask her what she needs. Maybe she needs someone to listen. Maybe she needs some time alone. She probably doesn’t need someone giving unsolicited advice and telling her what is best for her. So really listen to what she is telling you and give her what she needs.

As you do that remember to be positive. As she is thinking through the options of abortion, parenting or adoption, try not to be negative in your thoughts and comments. Saying things like “I could never have a baby at your age”, “I can’t imagine giving a child up for adoption”, or “How could you consider an abortion” may make you feel better, but it isn’t going to help her. She also doesn’t need to hear horror stories of your aunt’s two week long labor. Not helpful. If she asks what you think or would do, frame it in a positive perspective.

Ultimately, you have to realize this is her decision and it is a difficult one.

Respect Her Decision

Once she has made her decision you need to be able to respect it, or at least her. You may not agree with it, you may not think it is the best option, but you need to respect it and her point of view. If you can’t, you are going to cause a great deal of damage to your friendship.

Maybe you’ve been in a similar situation yourself. While this can definitely help you relate to what she is going through, it doesn’t make you the expert. Her story is just that, her story. There are different circumstances, different personalities, and different possible outcomes. Use your situation to empathize with her, to share your experience, but realize that she has to make her own decision.

Sometimes your feelings about her pregnancy can get in the way. Maybe you’ve been there and wish you could make a different decision. Maybe you’re just worried how this pregnancy will affect your friendship. If your emotions are getting in the way, it may be helpful for you to talk to someone else and share those feelings. Sharing all those feelings with her may make you feel better, but it won’t be helpful for her. Talking to a professional counselor or a PRC staff member are good options.

Practical Help

There’s a good chance your friend is going to need some real help. A ride to a doctors appointment, a Saturday where you stop by her place and help with the cleaning, help picking out baby clothes if she decides to parent, a trip to Starbucks or Chipotle just to get her mind off everything are all ways you can be there for her. She may just need someone to cry with or get excited with, depending on her mood that day. One of the best things you can do is ask what she needs, don’t just assume.

If the father or her parents aren’t supportive, she will need you more than ever. Check in often just to let her know you are there for her and want to help, but not too often. She’s your friend; you’ll be able to figure it out.

If you’re friend comes to you before she knows for sure she’s pregnant, or she’s sure and just wants someone to talk to, tell her about PRC. If she’s only taken a home test and wants to take another test to confirm we’d love to help. You can even come with her to her appointment if that makes her more comfortable. Once we confirm the pregnancy is viable, we’ll give her an estimate of how far along she is. We’ll also give her information about all of her options. We want to be here to help her make a decision about what is going to be best for her. If she does decide to carry the baby and parent, we have resources at PRC to assist her and we can also provide referrals to other resources in the community.

If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment please call us at 814-234-7341. We’re here to help.

 

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How Often Should I Get Tested for STDs? https://www.scprc.com/often-get-tested-for-stds/ Sat, 15 Nov 2014 15:22:59 +0000 http://www.scprc.com/?p=1432 STDs are common They are so common that 19 million new cases are reported each year in the US. By age 25 it is estimated that 1 in 2 sexually active people will get one or more STDs. Why are they so prevalent? There are many reasons. One is that STDs often don’t show symptoms [...]

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How Often Should I Get Tested for STDs?

STDs are common

They are so common that 19 million new cases are reported each year in the US. By age 25 it is estimated that 1 in 2 sexually active people will get one or more STDs. Why are they so prevalent? There are many reasons. One is that STDs often don’t show symptoms and many people that are infected don’t know it. Because they don’t know they continue to pass them on to their partners. The good news is that all STDs are treatable and many are curable once they are detected. But the only way to know for sure is to get tested for STDs.

 

Should I Get Tested for STDs?

If you are sexually active – yes. Some sexual behaviors can increase your risk of getting a STD, but anyone who is or has been sexually active, including oral sex, is at risk. As we mentioned, many people have a STD and don’t know it. If you have one and don’t get treatment you are putting yourself at risk for other health issues that can affect both men and women. Without treatment certain STDs can cause infertility (the inability to have children) and some can increase the risk for getting cancer. Having a STD can also increase your the chances of getting HIV or other STDs if you engage with an infected partner.

It’s also important to know how the testing works. Just because you have an annual check-up with your doctor and they run blood tests doesn’t mean that they are checking for STDs. You also need to know there isn’t one test that checks for all STDs. You need to be tested for each one separately. So as you talk to your doctor or health care provider be honest about your sexual history and decide which STDs you should be tested for.

 

How Often Should I Get Tested for STDs?

While there are no hard and fast rules for testing, there are some common sense recommendations that should guide you. If you’ve never been tested and are or have been sexually active you should get tested. Getting tested before you begin a new sexual relationship is also a good idea. We also recommend that you talk to your partner about getting tested as well. Determining you are STD free without making sure your partner is just doesn’t make sense. We also recommend getting tested if you feel you have been exposed to an STD. If you are infected, your health care provider will recommend the right treatment. Once you are tested and treated we recommend a client be retested 60-90 days later. Some people like to be retested every 6 months, even if they are in a committed monogamous relationship. We think that is a good practice. After all, better safe than sorry.

 

PRC STD Services

Currently at PRC we are able offer free testing and treatment for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea and can have results in 10-14 days. We are excited that beginning in 2015 in addition to Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, we will also be equipped to test for and treat Syphilis, and HPV (Venereal Warts). If drugs are available, we will be providing treatment for Bacterial Vaginosis, Genital Herpes, Genital Warts, Trichomoniasis, Vulvovaginal Candidiasis, and Pediculosis Pubis. We will also be providing HIV Prevention Counseling as well as providing HIV testing for any client. PRC is expected to contact the Department of Health to provide post-test counseling to HIV-positive clients.

 

Schedule An Appointment

If you think you might be at risk for a STD you can give us a call at 814-234-7341 or visit our medical services page and fill out the form on the right. And remember, at PRC our services are free and confidential.*

 

* While most of our services are completely confidential, there are some regulations that require us to share some information if you are seeking STD testing. If you seek STD testing and treatment at our clinic, we are required to share your identifying information with the Department of Health, as is any medical facility testing for Sexually Transmitted Infections. Please bring a form of identification with you to your appointment.

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Get To Know Your PRC Staff – Jenny Summers https://www.scprc.com/get-know-prc-staff-jenny-summers/ Sat, 08 Nov 2014 11:00:22 +0000 http://www.scprc.com/?p=1421 Every few weeks we like to share a post to let you get to know the staff at PRC just a little bit better. This week, we want to introduce you to Jenny Summers, the Executive Director at PRC. Jenny, what attracted you to PRC and your role here? The challenge of directing a non-profit [...]

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Every few weeks we like to share a post to let you get to know the staff at PRC just a little bit better. This week, we want to introduce you to Jenny Summers, the Executive Director at PRC.

Jenny Summers - PRC Staff

Jenny, what attracted you to PRC and your role here?

The challenge of directing a non-profit that matched my beliefs. Also, realizing that there was a lot of potential to grow the organization in regards to donor and client awareness. I love people, and PRC and my love for people is a perfect match!

 

Would you share a little about your education and professional background.

I graduated from Lancaster Bible College with a B.S. in Bible. Immediately following graduation, I became a cleaning lady. One of my clients was a large non-profit that worked with the local children and youth services. I worked really hard to build a relationship with this client which eventually opened the door to an interview and a job opportunity. I worked with children that were removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or delinquency for 10 years before applying as the Executive Director of PRC.

 

You have a beautiful family, would you tell us a bit about them?

I am happily married to Todd, my high school sweetheart. We have 6 children: Andrew 12, Austin 11, Araelia 9, Anthony 5, Asher 2, Abram 10 months, and our 7th baby is due May 13, 2015.

 

Congratulations! Between work and a growing family we bet you’re just a little busy. When you have a few free minutes what hobbies do you enjoy?

I love gardening, photography, making jewelry, cooking, and taking care of my children.

 

What is your favorite thing about living in State College?

Well, I actually live about 18 miles outside of State College in a little village called Mingoville. I love Mingoville because it is quiet and full of little children so that my children have a lot of kids to play with. We love it there because it’s affordable, not too close to town, and the people are great. We love living near State College because of the diversity, educational opportunities, our church and friends all gather in or near State College for fun. There is always something to do in State College!

 

What’s one of the scariest things you’ve ever done?

Jumped off a bridge!

 

There has to be a great story there. Next time you see Jenny, you’ll have to ask her about that one. Let’s move in the opposite direction and find out what makes you happy?

Todd, my children, sunshine, fresh air, baked goods, watermelon, root beer floats, new chap stick, new socks, and date nights with my husband.

 

This is where we really start to get to know you. What is your favorite TV show or Movie?

My two favorite movies are The Sound of Music and Braveheart. YEP!

TV Show…I really don’t have time to watch TV, but when I do, I love watching The Middle or The Big Bang Theory.

 

What is your most embarrassing moment?

I get embarrassed easily…and all too often. I can’t think of a most embarrassing moment. I probably get embarrassed (and maybe righteously angry) and those that make fun of how many children I have. The joke is on them.

 

What were the last 2 books you read?

I am reading God’s Space by Doug Polluck. I read, “That’s Not My Puppy: Its Coat is Too Hairy” by Fiona Watt to my sons last night.

 

If you could eat one food for the rest of your life without getting sick of it, what would it be?

Guacamole and chips.

 

If you could hop on a plane today and fly anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I would go visit my sister in Minnesota because I have never been there. And if I could hop on the plane again, I would visit my brother who lives in Montana. He just moved there this summer.

 

What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

  1. Go to college and get out of your small town.
  2. Love your husband the best you can so that one day, you won’t have to say that you wished you had loved him more, that you had loved him better. Love him well every single day.
  3. Forgive.
  4. Teach your children how to be a part of a family so that they can have one of their own someday.
  5. The world isn’t coming to an end, get over it. 

 

Do you have a favorite quote to share with us?

“In the end…I am the ONLY ONE who can give my children a HAPPY MOTHER who loves life.” Janene Wolsey Baadsgaard

 

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

That with all of the people in my life, I struggle with being alone. Sometimes I become crippled with fear of being alone. Isn’t that so strange?

 

I think that is probably something we all struggle with a little at some point if we’re really honest with ourselves. Thanks for being a bit vulnerable with us. Is there anything else we need to know about you?

I love to hunt. Since I’ve become a mother, it’s been nearly impossible for me to enjoy this hobby. There is nothing like getting ready for hunting season and preparing for opening day. I love the smell of the woods and the excitement and hope for the hunt and kill. Plus, the meat in the freezer is good thing for our growing family.

 

Jenny, thanks so much for taking the time to answer our questions. We’ll be back with more PRC Staff Q&A in a few weeks.

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What Should I Expect On My First Visit to PRC? https://www.scprc.com/expect-first-visit-prc/ Sat, 01 Nov 2014 13:06:51 +0000 http://www.scprc.com/?p=1418 You recently had sex and you’re concerned. Maybe you’re experiencing some early warning signs that you might be pregnant. Maybe you’ve even missed your period. Or, after sex you’ve developed an itch and think you may have caught something. Maybe your partner tested positive for Chlamydia and you’re concerned you might have it too. Whatever [...]

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Visit to PRC

You recently had sex and you’re concerned.

Maybe you’re experiencing some early warning signs that you might be pregnant. Maybe you’ve even missed your period.

Or, after sex you’ve developed an itch and think you may have caught something. Maybe your partner tested positive for Chlamydia and you’re concerned you might have it too.

Whatever the reason, you’re thinking it might be a good option to schedule an appointment at PRC just to make sure everything is okay. You’ve heard good things from a friend about PRC, but you’re just not sure what to expect and you’re a little scared to make the call. We understand. Many clients have told us they weren’t quite sure what to expect before they came in that first time. We thought it might be helpful for you if we share a little about what you should expect on that first visit to PRC.

Expect Friendly

At PRC we use the phrase “You Matter” quite a bit. We use it not as a catchy slogan, but because we truly believe it. So when you make the call, expect a friendly voice on the other end to greet you. They will do their best to answer your questions and schedule you for the next available appointment that works for your schedule. We do our best to schedule your appointment within 24-48 hours of your original call.

When you do come into the office for your appointment one of our staff will greet you and probably offer you something to drink. You should plan for about an hour and a half for your appointment. We believe in taking the time to get to know you a bit, so we won’t be rushing to get to the next appointment. We want to have time to talk and make sure we have answered all your questions.

Expect Easy

Sure there will be a little paperwork to fill out when you arrive. Since we offer all of our service at no charge to our clients, we don’t need to deal with insurance, so the paperwork process is a little less complicated than you might expect. That paperwork will help us serve you more effectively and will also make sure you understand our privacy and confidentiality policies. Once the 10-15 minutes of paperwork are completed we’ll get you right into your appointment.

After meeting with one of our team members and talking about why you are visiting PRC we’ll perform any tests you may need. With our pregnancy tests, we’ll have your results right away and will be able to discuss all your options. If you’re pregnant we can schedule you for a follow up ultrasound to confirm the viability of the pregnancy. If you’re here for STI testing, those samples will need to be sent away for verification. Typically there is a 5-7 day turnaround time for those and we’ll schedule a follow up appointment for you to come back for those results and any treatment you might need. Currently we are testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, but in Jan 2015 we are expanding our testing and treatment services.

Expect Honest

At PRC, we believe honesty is the best policy. We will give you straightforward information and honest feedback about your current circumstances. We’re committed to sharing accurate information about all options when it comes to pregnancy and STI prevention and treatment.

At PRC, our team is committed to serving you. We would love to welcome you into our offices, talk about your circumstances and help you in whatever way we can. We promise to make what can be an awkward situation as comfortable as possible. If you ever have any questions, please give us a call and let us know how we can help.

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Get To Know Your PRC Staff – Chelsea Adlam https://www.scprc.com/get-know-prc-staff-chelsea-adlam/ Sat, 18 Oct 2014 08:00:22 +0000 http://www.scprc.com/?p=1402 Every few weeks we’ll be sharing a blog post that we hope will help you get to know your PRC staff just a little bit better. During these Q&A blogs we’ll ask them about their careers, their families and even dig into their personal lives to find out their favorite TV shows, their most embarrassing moments and some other [...]

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Every few weeks we’ll be sharing a blog post that we hope will help you get to know your PRC staff just a little bit better. During these Q&A blogs we’ll ask them about their careers, their families and even dig into their personal lives to find out their favorite TV shows, their most embarrassing moments and some other things that we hope you’ll find interesting.

To kick off this series we’re going to start with Cheslea Adlam our Office Manager.

Chelsea Adlam - PRC Staff

Chelsea, What attracted you to PRC and your role here?

I was attracted to PRC because of their mission and their caring hearts for the Centre County community. I ended up as the Office Manager because the position was created just after I finished up my internship at PRC. I knew that there would be a huge learning curve but I was up to the challenge if it meant sticking around. I love that it keeps me on my toes and connected to clients’ experiences here.

 

Tell us a bit about your education and professional background.

After graduating from Hatboro-Horsham High School, I attended Penn State University where I graduated with a degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services. PRC is my first “professional” job! You have to start somewhere… 🙂

 

Enough about work, what hobbies do you have outside of work?

 I love to hang out with friends, read, go for walks and take visits to local parks!

 

Would you share a little about your family?

My family rocks. My parents are both from big families and I am one of six girls. Over the past few years, I’ve acquired four awesome brother-in-laws who balance us out. I love being an aunt to three beautiful nieces and two handsome nephews. There’s never a dull moment when we’re all together.

 

State College is a great place – what’s your favorite thing about living here?

My favorite thing about living in State College is probably the interesting dynamics of a college community within a mixture of the rural/suburb/city lifestyle. There’s always something to do!

 

What’s the scariest things you’ve ever done?

One of the scariest things I’ve done was probably during my diving career. It was a pretty nerve-racking sport for me!

 

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

It’s a toss up between winning the limbo contest at a New Year’s Eve party when I was a little kid and medaling at Pennsylvania’s State Diving Championship in high school.

 

We may have to get a video of those limbo skills to add to the blog and that’s very cool that you did so well competing in diving. What’s one thing that makes you really happy?

My nieces and nephews. My time with them is limited because of location but they are such a joy to be around!

 

We think someone’s favorite TV show or movie says a lot about them. Do you have any favorites?

My favorite shows are probably the BBC version of Sherlock Holmes and Gilmore Girls (throwback)! One of my favorite movies is A Walk to Remember.

 

Do you have a most embarrassing moment you would share with our readers?

There are too many klutz moments to choose from 🙂

 

We’re pretty sure that is a cop-out, but since you’ve been so great we’ll let it slide this time. What were the last 2 books you read?

I’m currently in the middle of Love Into Light and Miraculous Movements.

 

If you could eat one food for the rest of your life without getting sick of it, what would it be?

Fro Yo … or chocolate … chocolate fro yo? Fro yo with chocolate. Or Chipotle.

 

If you could hop on a plane today and fly anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Malaysia to visit my dear friend and pen pal, Iliani, or Peru to visit my sweet friend, Debbie!

 

What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

Know and believe truth…it will set you free!

 

Is there anything else we need to know about you?

I love my amazing co-workers and volunteers.

 

Chelsea, thanks so much for taking the time to answer our questions. We’ll be back with more PRC Staff Q&A in a few weeks.

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Fall Kid’s Activities in State College https://www.scprc.com/fall-kids-activities-state-college/ Sat, 11 Oct 2014 08:00:46 +0000 http://www.scprc.com/?p=1385 Fall in central PA may be our favorite season. Summer is fading, school has started, the town is buzzing, and football season is underway. Soon the temps will begin dropping and the leaves changing. Fall (also known as pumpkin spice everything season) isn’t just a great time for adults to sip their favorite flavor of [...]

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Fall Kid's Activities

Fall in central PA may be our favorite season. Summer is fading, school has started, the town is buzzing, and football season is underway. Soon the temps will begin dropping and the leaves changing.

Fall (also known as pumpkin spice everything season) isn’t just a great time for adults to sip their favorite flavor of coffee. For kids, it’s a chance to explore the fast changing world around them and for moms and dads to experience the wonder through their children’s eyes. It’s a chance to spend some time bonding at a pumpkin patch, sipping hot cider, creating a Halloween costume or preparing for the upcoming holidays.

Here are a few of our favorite fall kid’s activities you might want to check out.

Way Fruit Farm

It’s a farm that has been in the family for 6 generations and each fall they have fun events and workshops for both the young and young at heart. Be sure to check out the Fall Festivals happening the 2nd and 3rd Saturdays in October.

Centre Region Parks and Recreation Events

They have a little something for everyone from the “Dark in the Park” storytelling event to the 68th Annual CRPR Halloween Costume Parade and many others. Be sure to check out the calendar of events for additional activities and more detailed information.

First Friday

And don’t forget about this fantastic monthly community event that is a mixture of art, music, and so much more. November’s event (the 7th from 5-9 pm) will include the downtown tree lighting and roaming street performers. Again, be sure to check the link for a full list of festivities.

We hope you find the time to get out and enjoy fall with your kids, whether it’s one of these events or simply raking up a pile of leaves to play in. We’d also love to hear some of your favorite fall kid’s activities, so if we missed something be sure to share those in the comments.

 

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