Greenville, South Carolina (PressExposure) May 09, 2007 -- A businesswoman with a passion to decrease the number of pregnancies among teenagers, whether planned or unplanned, is floating on Cloud 9. Avis Ward, the founder of GeoVi's Home for New Life, a residential home planned for troubled and pregnant teens, received the endorsement from the highest government authority for nonprofit organizations to make her vision come to life! GeoVi's Home will serve teenage girls from around the country but is planned at the Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the South Carolina Upstate.
GeoVi's Home was formed on May 17, 2007 and became a nonprofit organization through the state of South Carolina. All donations made prior to receiving the IRS' approval are tax deductible. The IRS recognizes 'the effective date of exemption as of the date of formation of an organization.' This approval also means the organization can apply for federal, state and local grants to help fund this aggressive and much needed undertaking.
The federal government spends approximately $176 million annually on abstinence programs. Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. of Princeton, NJ was paid $7.7 million dollars to conduct a study on Abstinence-Only Programs for Teens. The results were reported April 2007 which stated: "The impact findings show no overall impact on teen sexual activity, no differences in rates of unprotected sex, and some impacts on knowledge of STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) and perceived effectiveness of condoms and birth control pills." Their conclusion? Abstinence Only Education Ineffective in Preventing, Delaying Sex Among Teens.
Although a marginal decline among teen pregnancies occurred in 2006 from previous years, there are still over 1 million babies born to teenage girls each year in the United States. Other, less developed countries have fewer reported incidences of babies born to teenagers. GeoVi's Home for New Life's mission is to provide troubled and teenage girls a nurturing environment in a Christian home to help them excel academically, heal emotionally, grow spiritually, mature socially and thrive as a parent. GeoVi's Home will be a residence where faith, hope and love abides. It will not be an institution but a home for girls who need us, whether they are aware of it or not. Residents will be taught self-respect from a Christian perspective. They will be taught how the Potter's love reshapes, renews and restores what was lost and remolds them into the fullness of their loveliness as young women and mothers.
For additional information on GeoVi's Home for New Life, please visit the website at http://www.geovishome.org. Your donations are greatly appreciated. f you would like to make a pledge to support GeoVi's Home, information is available on the website to assist you or you may call (864) 360-0149. Remember, because of the IRS' approval, donations are tax deductible.