CCCTX receives award for pregnancy services

By Catholic Spirit Staff

Catholic Charities of Central Texas (CCCTX) was recently honored by the Texas Pregnancy Care Network (TPCN) for having the highest client retention rate among non-maternity home TPCN providers. TPCN presented its 2014 Journey for Life Award to CCCTX at its recent conference. A provider’s retention rate is determined by the number of times a client returns for services during a pregnancy or the first year of a child’s life. 
“We are so pleased to learn that our client retention rate is the highest among the network’s providers,” said Sara Ramirez, CCCTX executive director. 
“The funding we receive through TPCN is instrumental in our ability to support women and men as they navigate crisis pregnancies and work to give their children a healthy start at life,” she said. 
TPCN, a program of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, administers the state-funded Texas Alternatives to Abortion Services Program, a network of pregnancy support centers, maternity residences and social services agencies. Catholic Charities provides TPCN-funded services to eligible clients at its Gabriel Project Life Center locations in Austin and Bryan. 
Services include one-on-one consultations and an “earn-while-you-learn” program in which parents and parents-to-be can earn points toward needed baby items as they attend classes on topics such as child safety and nutrition, prenatal and postpartum health, and breastfeeding. 
Allison Cavazos, CCCTX director of social services, attributes the program’s retention rate to its strong education program and one-on-one support. 
“The foundation of our program is building relationships with women and men as they experience pregnancy and grow as parents,” Cavazos said. “Our clients repeatedly tell us that while the ‘earn-while-you-learn’ program is their initial draw to Catholic Charities, they keep coming back for the knowledge and support we provide.” 
CCCTX pregnancy and parenting support services are available to parents from conception until their child’s first birthday. 
For more information, visit or call (512) 651-6100.

Celebrate life with CCCTX
Catholic Charities of Central Texas will hold the fourth annual Celebrate Life Dinner, benefiting its services in the Brazos Valley, from 6:30–8 p.m. Feb. 5 at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in College Station. A reception preceding the dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. For more information about sponsorship opportunities or attending the event, visit, or contact CCCTX Associate Director of Development Annie Chavez at or (512) 651-6118.