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One evening I was enjoying a varsity basketball game. Surrounded by students, I started thinking about each one and their story. Really, everyone has a story, but as I processed what each kid was faced with I became overwhelmed. I thought, what can I do? How can I make a difference?

That thought has brought me to Birthline as their ReFuge Program Director. As a young lady I ventured into this world with no one to talk to and influences that challenged me every step of the way. As I navigated through, I found myself entering my senior year of high school, pregnant and with personal life experiences that no 17 year old girl should experience. What made it even more challanging is doing it alone.

The ReFuge Program is the preventative arm of Birthline. This consists of a Teen Program called HEART. Health Education And Relationship Training. This program is an education based presentation that teaches healthy relationships and life choices while looking at all aspects that teens face such as, dreams, goals, peer pressure, boundaries, intimacy, character, and consequences. Then there is the college age, young adult program, EMERGE. This is a service for young adults to reiceve real authentic support and the "how to's" in relationships. This is done by personal coffee dates or in a group setting.

Each story has a journey. It has a bridge that needs to be built to their future. We want to help them get to the other side with a strong foundation.

The choices we make today do impact tomorrow. It is my mission that they would not have to do it alone.

To contact Tammy Lindell please call 320-420-2422 or Birthline at 320.252.4150. To e-mail: tammy@refuge4youth.org

*All donations are tax deductable.

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