Details about the reopening of the Tri-County Pregnancy Resource Center in Aurora were shared with the Monett Kiwanis Club this week. Speakers included director Rebecca Haine, board member David Richardson and volunteer Abbey Tandy.
The center closed earlier this year and will reopen on Oct. 5 as an independent program with a new board. Operations will continue out of 315 S. Madison on the west side of the square in Aurora.
Tandy said the service sends a message to women coming in for help that there is hope available. Counselors provide encouragement. Services include pregnancy and ultrasound tests, help with parenting skills and vouchers for supplies.
Haine said the service will continue to reach out to those in need in Barry, Lawrence and Stone counties. The center will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. Tours are available.
A Night in the Park event is planned for Saturday, Sept. 25 at South Park in Monett. Musical entertainment will be offered along with information about the Tri-County Pregnancy Resource Center. Haine said the event is geared toward churches, which have been the biggest supporters of the center.
The speakers stressed the importance of public awareness about the center. The goal is to help both young women and their children become part of the community in part by providing a role model. A fatherhood program is also available.
Since its inception, the center has provided services to more than 1,000 women. In a typical month the center sees 30 women, a third of whom are new clients.
Support for the center can be provided through financial donations or volunteering. Staff members go through training and provide an important outreach to those needing help.
The center works closely with the government-funded Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program and the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC); however, there is no public funding for the program.
Kiwanis President Randy Henderson presided at the meeting. Clif Crockett was the program chairman.
In club business, officers were elected for the coming year, beginning in October. Frank Washburn will be the new president. Eric Kean will be president-elect and Gordon Brown will be the vice president. Jon Suit and David Honeycutt will continue as secretary and treasurer respectively.
Norm Hammond and Ron Stair were elected as new board members. They will join Don Weber, Clif Crockett, David Steward and Kevin Huffmaster.
The Monett Kiwanis Club meets at noon on Tuesdays for a meal and a program, usually at Happy House restaurant.