In January 2018, Hand of Hope participated in Heartbeat International's Babies Go to Congress.  This event coordinated meetings with the offices of Senator Burr, Senator Tillis and Congressman Holding allowing them to hear firsthand how HOH comes alongside women in unplanned pregnancies and provides them with needed resources and referrals.  Paula Garner and her daughter Skylar attended these meetings with CEO, Tonya Baker Nelson.  An extraordinary and UNPLANNED surprise happened while they were in DC.  President Trump became the first sitting President to address the audience at the March for Life when he gave his historic speech in the Rose Garden on the value of every life.  

This picture tells a thousand stories!  Who would have thought that Paula's courage to choose life a few years ago would allow her to one day meet the President of the United States?  God is good!

vice president pence

Paula was also able to spend a little time with Vice President Pence.  We are so proud of the way Paula represented Hand of Hope during the

Rose Garden speech.  

Dr. James & shirley dobson

Many young parents devour Dr. Dobson's insightful and encouraging books  on raising children; but not every young parent actually gets to meet him and his wife!  Paula was thrilled to 'talk shop' about Bringing Up Girls!