Encouragement in the unexpected
Diane Sheppard is a 13-year volunteer at Mend Medical Clinic and Pregnancy Resource Center.
Diane Sheppard is a 13-year volunteer at Mend Medical Clinic and Pregnancy Resource Center, a faith-based medical organization supported by individuals and various churches. Since Mend was founded 32 years ago by Tulsan Nancy Roe, it has annually reached up to 1,000 Tulsa women with unplanned pregnancies, offering them support, information and encouragement.
The nonprofit provides pregnancy testing, limited ultrasounds, childbirth and parenting preparation, and assistance beyond birth. Its staff includes presiding volunteer physician Dr. Matthew Stevens, three part-time nurses and Executive Director Forrest Cowan, who coordinates and oversees 40 trained volunteers.
“I have been volunteering at pregnancy resource centers since nursing school,” Sheppard says. “After being trained in counseling, I performed pregnancy tests and counseled women for over 12 years in St. Louis, Missouri, and Ruston, Louisiana.”
Sheppard moved to Tulsa in 1998. She came to Mend after Roe suggested she volunteer on its board of trustees. “Here I helped in developing policies and procedures for the center, building committees, promoting fundraisers and praying,” Sheppard says. “I have been on the board since August 2006 and president since 2011.”
On giving back, Sheppard says, “I see life as a gift from God, and I am encouraged when I see others enjoying the life that God has given them.”
March 7 — Mending Hearts and Saving Lives Banquet
6-8:30 p.m. Glenpool Conference Center, 12205 S. Yukon Ave., Glenpool. Free to attend; RSVP required. mendpregnancy.org