The Pregnancy Resource Center of South Central Missouri opened its doors in April. They offer help, hope and healing to those making challenging pregnancy decisions.

The Pregnancy Resource enter (PRC) of South Central Missouri offers help when it seems there’s no hope.

As a non-profit and community-based pregnancy center n Houston, the PRC relies n donations and fundraising events to keep its services free for women and men facing crisis pregnancies.

“We depend on generous donations from people in the local community,” said PRC executive director Debra Stockard. “Our fundraising events and donations from others help us to offer free programs and services to anyone who walks through our doors. The more people who donate, the more lives will be touched, changed and transformed.”

Services offered at the center include pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, crisis pregnancy and post-abortive counseling, prenatal, parenting, and nutrition classes, men’s mentoring and education on abstinence until marriage, as well as material assistance and information on adoption.

Education is an important part of the PRC’s programming before and during pregnancy. Through “Earn While You Learn” classes, mothers and fathers can learn prenatal needs, parenting skills and nutrition while earning “Baby Bucks” to use in the center’s “Baby Boutique” for items such as clothing, blankets, diapers, toys, strollers and more for their newborns and baby’s first year.

In addition to a nine-member board of directors and a trained staff affiliated with Heartbeat International, the center has the support of Texas County Memorial Hospital medical personnel, including doctors Christopher Baldwin and William Wright, and midwife Tracy Arwood.

“We strive to serve our clients with compassion as we offer help, hope, and healing to those making challenging pregnancy decisions,” Stockard said.

All monetary donations, new or gently used baby items and maternity clothing are accepted.

“And greatly appreciated,” Sotckard said.

The PRC is at 107 E. Pine Street in downtown Houston. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Donations can be mailed to PRC, P.O. Box 295, Houston, Mo., 65483. For more information, call 417-967-1100.



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