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Pregnancy Center hosts fundraising dinner

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A fundraising dinner was held Saturday at Fourth Street Church of God to benefit Doors of Hope Pregnancy Center.

“We want to thank all of you who have given so generously of your time, talent and financial resources to make this event possible. Your gifts of love are a special blessing to the Doors of Hope,” Doors of Hope officials said in the event’s program literature.

The center first opened its doors to the public August of last year. Prior to the opening officials from the center worked for more than a year and a half preparing.

The center is designed to help young girls, men and women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy.

Their program is designed to give practical, emotional and spiritual support to those individuals by offering several services. They include free and confidential pregnancy testing, peer counseling, abstinence education and referrals to community agencies, adoption referrals, infant care and parenting classes.

During the program each young woman is paired with a peer counselor and mentor who meets with them every week, or if not with a one on one meeting they meet in a group.

Program participants also take Earn While You Learn classes, in which they can earn “mommy money” to spend at the center in the “mommy store” to purchase baby clothes, furniture and maternity clothes.

The center is funded by grants and contributions from individuals, local businesses and churches, and they welcome baby and toddler item donations including clothing sizes newborn to 4T, furniture, blankets, formula and maternity clothes.

The center is located at 112 Dwyer St. For more information call 661-1411.


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