TNN's Founder Reflects Upon The Past Thirty Years and Prepares the Way for the Next Decade of Charitable Service
Dear Nurturing Friends,
I welcome this opportunity to share with you the strategic direction that we are implementing in the coming year as we continue to fulfill the mission that inspired the Nurturing Network’s formation three decades ago.
TNN is, in the truest sense of the word, a “network.” We have grown over the years to become a vibrant consortium of caring individuals, corporations, foundations, medical professionals, educators, and counselors unified in a common purpose of providing life-affirming resources to the most vulnerable members of our society.
During the past thirty years, significant changes have taken place in the prevailing culture. We cannot afford to ever forget that when TNN was founded, the dominant response to a crisis pregnancy was fear. Few families or significant others were prepared to offer support to women in this difficult situation; most preferred to find solutions that involved hiding the reality. Abortion became just one manifestation of this response. Shame and guilt led many women to choose desperate alternatives as they were faced with seemingly impossible tradeoffs. Boyfriends deserted them, employers found excuses to fire them, educational institutions punished them, and families more often than not turned their backs on them. It was against this unfortunate backdrop that TNN was founded and chose to direct its primary service.
We can find encouragement in the fact that over the course of the past three decades a profound shift in attitude gradually took place. Guilt and shame were slowly replaced by empathy and respect.
TNN’s non-confrontational, non-judgmental approach
Another positive change in this same period of time has been the expansion of local pregnancy care centers that are now located in communities all across the country. Thirty years ago, very few existed and those that did were often understaffed, poorly equipped and lacking in funds. As this infrastructure has grown in stature and capability, the availability of practical resources has expanded to include the full array of services that women require to meet urgent needs. It has been in large part due to the formation of this strong network of reliable client service providers all across America that TNN increasingly chose to perform our client counseling in a collaborative service model.
Many grateful care center directors have expressed gratitude to TNN for our contribution of leadership, training and practical resources necessary for this expansion in client service infrastructure to occur. I am pleased to acknowledge that the development of these collaborative relationships that has taken years to accomplish and is now in place.
Recognition of this fact has opened the door for TNN to more fully embrace a part of its mission that until now has had to remain secondary. As TNN’s pivotal 30th anniversary year comes to a close, we are presented with an unprecedented opportunity to communicate with greater emphasis the essential meaning and broader significance of our mission and purpose.
There are few charitable organizations with such a legacy of love and treasury of service waiting to be told through the personal stories of thousands of inspirational clients. The value of allocating my time and attention to this specific goal has gained a sense of urgency as countless letters from past clients have suggested the wisdom of my undertaking this focus now.
With this strategic priority in mind and with our Board’s unanimous blessing, I will be directing my efforts on developing the educational and communication component of TNN’s vibrant mission. My goal will be to leverage the past thirty years of experience by communicating what we have learned in a way that will pay tribute to the women and children who have touched my life as much as we have theirs.
With your support and encouragement, we will be able to realize this timely goal as we have each of the others during the course of TNN’s rich history. We will continue to utilize the expanded infrastructure of local care centers for our client service while forging ahead with an ongoing process of exploring optimal strategies to ensure that TNN’s mission will be fulfilled in the years ahead.
With a grateful heart, I look forward to the immense potential we have to be of service together in the year ahead …
TNN President and Founder
“There are few charitable organizations with such a legacy of love and treasury of service waiting to be told through the personal stories of thousands of inspirational clients. The value of allocating my time and attention to this specific goal has gained a sense of urgency as countless letters from past clients have suggested the wisdom of my undertaking this focus now.”
~ Mary Cunningham Agee
TNN’s objective is not a political one, but a most practical one: To provide hope and healing to men and women whose own support networks have let them down. Each person served by the Nurturing Network is empowered to move beyond their own economic and social constraints to nurture their own life as well as those around them.
As TNN’s pivotal 30th anniversary year comes to a close, we are presented with an unprecedented opportunity to communicate with greater emphasis the essential meaning and broader significance of our mission and purpose.
“Mary Agee has shown that there is enormous generosity on the part of so many people around this country to help wherever it is needed. Through the Nurturing Network she has demonstrated that in our culture there is deep compassion, great love and concern for all who are suffering."
~ Carmelite Prior Provincial
(TNN Inspirational Counselor)
“Mary Agee’s dedication to caring for those most wounded in our culture is inspiring. She brings gifts of intelligence, warmth, and compassion to the great cause of building a culture of life.”
(TNN Educational Advisor)
“If the only prayer you said in your
whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that
~ Meister Eckhart