Life Choices says farewell to prevention project director

Friday, June 16, 2017
Effective June 15, Prevention Educator Alicia Gill will be stepping into the role of Life Choices prevention project director, a change brought on as longtime advocate and former director Marla Kennedy has announced she and her family will soon be relocating to another area. While Life Choices staff members are saddened by the departure of Kennedy, they look forward to supporting Gill as she transitions into her new role. Pictured above (L-R) Alicia Gills, Matt Boals, and Marla Kennedy.

Life Choices is a non-profit medical clinic that is dedicated to educating and equipping individuals to make empowered decisions. Life Choices envisions a community where no one regrets the life choices that matter the most. They provide pregnancy confirmation and offer programs of prevention, intervention, and restoration as a means of walking out their vision.

On June 15, Life Choices said farewell to longtime advocate Marla Kennedy. Marla has been on staff with Life Choices since 2013 as prevention project director. Marla and her husband Cory moved their family to Dyersburg 19 years ago. Soon after, their family of 5 grew to 6. “We found some of the best friends of our lives. We have faced many of life's challenges here and have come out stronger because of God's unending grace and mercy through Jesus. God is now sending us back to where it all began in my hometown in Mississippi. Cory and I will be starting new jobs this month and Dalton will be attending high school there in the fall. This is a bittersweet time as we leave the precious souls we love so dearly in Dyersburg and as we start a new chapter.” said Kennedy.

Prevention Educator Alicia Gill will become the prevention project director as well as continue to serve as educator alongside Matt Boals. Executive Director Loretta Mealer believes that Gill will serve Life Choices and its clients with the same commitment to excellence she has as prevention educator and continue to grow the prevention program.

“We are so excited for Alicia to move into this role and are sad that Marla is leaving us. God’s hand has been so evident in these changes it is impossible not to be excited about what He’s doing! We are sending Marla and her family off with our love and support.” stated Life Choices staff members.

Life Choices Prevention program services six school systems educating approximately 4,100 students from fifth through 12th grade. Students learn about risk avoidance, abstinence from alcohol, drugs and sexual activity, setting goals, bullying, self-esteem, and sexually transmitted diseases.

Life Choices Intervention program is the arm that most people are familiar with. This is the arm that serves women in unplanned pregnancy and provides pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, one-on-one parenting and mentoring and referrals for material services.

Life Choices Restoration program offers a Bible study and support for those who have dealt with abortions and adult survivors of childhood abuse or neglect.

Life Choices is supported by private donations and grants, which enable them to offer all services at no cost to the recipient.

Life Choices is located at 595 East Tickle St. across from the Dyersburg Regional Medical Center, and is open on Mondays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Life Choices is a United Way partner. Through donations and individuals, they continue to offer free services and education. For more information on Life Choices, call 286-4673.

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