Anita Chavez, director-in-training of the Pregnancy Resource Center, was called by the Lord to serve young women seeking support and services to care for their children, born and unborn.
Chavez herself was once one of those young mothers — pregnant, scared and uncertain about the future.
"This was a place of refuge for me as a young mother — the staff was loving and caring," Chavez says.
So now she's paying it forward, by being a voice of comfort, a shoulder to cry on, for young women struggling with difficult choices in their lives. Anita sees herself as an extension of Christ's love, but she's not "preachy." Her focus is on building relationships, encouraging young women to make healthy choices, and opening their eyes to pro-life options for their unborn children. Her mission is simple: to love and help the community.
Ellen Atchley was the driving force behind the Pregnancy Resource Center for many years. When she experienced health problems, the services at the PRC were greatly diminished. With the hiring of Chavez, the PRC is picking up speed once again.
"Anita has a lot of spunk," reports Phil Knob, president of PRC's board of directors. "She has been able to enlist the help of a lot of other young ladies, so now we're back."
The Pregnancy Resource Center, located at 523 Dodge Street, is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but Anita is available any time by calling 874-5733 or 216-6278.
Services ranging from free pregnancy tests to maternity clothes are offered free of charge. The PRC has a great supply of clothing for infants up to size 2, as well as diapers, wipes, baby food and other supplies. Anita is praying the Lord will multiply the supplies to meet the demands of the community.
She's also planning classes on parenting, abstinence/purity and abortion recovery. It's critical for volunteers to feel at ease talking to young women about some of these issues, so training is a top priority. She is planning a 5k walk/run in June, in conjunction with an open house, to raise funds for training and curriculum. Watch the DCI for updates or call 874-5733 to learn how you can support PRC's mission by serving on the board of directors, volunteering to work with young mothers, or providing financial support.blog comments powered by Disqus