Volunteers boost pregnancy center

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Lisa Williams, left, receives a t-shirt from Virginia Roberson Thursday at the Walk For Life Open House at Your Choice Resource Center.


Staff Writer

Friday, September 21, 2018

Hurricane Florence may have canceled last Saturday’s Walk for Life, but the Your Choice Resource Center shifted its fundraiser indoors Thursday at an Open House event.

This is the first time the Your Choice Resource Center, formerly known as the Pregnancy Care Center, had to cancel a Walk for Life event. However, the center was able to raise more than $93,000 through the efforts of 135 volunteer walkers for the event this year. More donations are still likely to come in as people who signed up for the walk continue to bring donations.

However, Virginia Roberson, executive director of the nonprofit organization, said changing the event to an open house actually worked for the organization this year, especially as it gave community members a chance to see the newly redesigned interior of the center.

“This gives people in the community a chance to see the center since we remodeled it and to learn more about what we are doing and what they are actually raising money for,” Roberson said.

The Your Choice Resource Center was able to make so many improvements to its home base at 400 Sunset Ave. because of the generosity of anonymous patrons.

“Someone sold us an incredible house very cheaply as a way to help the organization,” Roberson said. “We were able to resell the house, and with part of the profits, able to upgrade and redecorate the center.”

The refurbishment included all new windows — 46 in all — new flooring, blinds, paint and furnishings. The effect is one of an elegant home rather than a crisis pregnancy center. Roberson said the work was done to help put clients who are facing big decisions in their life at ease.

“We wanted the space to be excellent because everything here reflects Jesus Christ, and He is excellent,” Roberson said. “We also wanted clients to have a place to come that is comfortable, safe and beautiful. A beautiful space like this makes a woman feel valued.”

The center features four rooms that look like comfortable living rooms where clients can meet with counselors in private to learn about their options as they face a crisis pregnancy. Counseling sessions and parent education sessions for couples and small groups of birth mothers also take place in this setting.

As clients participate in training sessions, they earn vouchers that can be spent in the Baby Boutique, which is filled with maternity and baby items donated by churches and local residents.

The center also offers services such as pregnancy tests, tests for sexually transmitted infections and limited ultrasounds for patients who are evaluating their pregnancy options.

Wendy Munn, client services director, said the center soon will be starting new training sessions for volunteers who want to work at the center.

“Because of the confidentiality aspects of what we do, volunteers who work with clients have to be approved and go through special training,” Munn said.

Anyone who wishes to volunteer needs to have their application in by Wednesday, she added.

Whether it is through volunteer fundraising efforts, volunteer workers or volunteers donating items to the center, Munn said volunteers are key to the efforts of the Your Choice Resource Center.

“We could not do what we do without our volunteers,” Munn said.

For more information about volunteering, email Munn at wendy@yourchoicenc.org. For more information about donations or the services at the center, go to https://yourchoicenc.org/