Letter: Heartbeat grateful to community for dedication to sanctity of human life

On Jan. 21, 85 staff members, friends and volunteers from Heartbeat of Lima and Putnam County braved the frigid temperature to walk from Lima Central Catholic High School to the Heartbeat office at 421 S. Cable Road, in support of the sanctity of human life. For 51 years, Heartbeat of Lima has been affirming the value of life and assisting clients who need support during pregnancy and while raising their young children.

In 2023, our gifted and compassionate staff and volunteers saw a 31.7% increase in education appointments. Of the 1,880 appointments and walk-in visits to our center last year, 1,148 were for education classes. Our registered nurses performed 196 ultrasounds, under the guidance of our medical director. These services are offered at no charge to our clients.

While the needs continue to increase, we are committed to providing the resources necessary to support parents and children in our community. Diapers, formula and clothing are among the items we offer clients through our center. We provided 28 infant car seats in 2023. We supply an average of 5,133 diapers and over $2,000 in formula per month. These items are earned by parents attending programs, such as our Cherished Hearts and Fatherhood programs.

We offer over 100 educational topics, ranging from infant CPR to financial management. Not only are we meeting the material needs of clients and their children, but we are building stronger families by providing education and modeling accountability and responsibility.

For those women who need assistance with adoption services, we work with local attorneys who handle the legal aspects of the adoption. We also work with a local counseling center to make referrals for women who need emotional support.

Heartbeat is a non-profit organization. We rely on donations, fundraising events and grants to provide services to our clients. Residents of Allen, Putnam and the surrounding counties have been very generous with their time and resources, enabling our local pregnancy resource center to provide services for the past 51 years. We are extremely grateful for the ongoing support of our community.

Brenda Keller


Brenda Keller is the president of the board of trustees for Heartbeat of Lima and Putnam County.


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