CHESHIRE — For 25 years Hope Pregnancy Center has helped scared women get through their unexpected pregnancies.
The organization originally began as a ministry of Christ Community Church, but has since become it’s own entity. The church provides Hope Pregnancy with a rent-free building at 110 Main St. in Cheshire.
Center Coordinator Abbie Cristo explained that Hope Pregnancy works one-on-one with women – mostly young adults – to offer counseling, parenting classes, educational materials and other information they need to get through their pregnancy. All services are free.
The organization also has a baby store where new moms can come in and get free baby clothes, strollers, car seats, or other donated items.
Client Services Director Corinne Guido said many of the women who use Hope Pregnancy Center have little support at home, so the baby store is a way for them to get items most people would get at a baby shower.
“These girls are looking to be loved,” she said, adding that many of the women who come into the center feel alone and hopeless.
“They just need some extra help,” Cristo added. “I think of it as us being able to help them, to come along side them. They won’t be judged here.”
In 2009 the center served 446 clients and had 716 visits to the center for educational materials. Cristo explained that clients come from all across the state, many coming from New Haven and Waterbury.
With only four full-time staffers, Hope Pregnancy is always looking for volunteers and for donations.
Although Hope Pregnancy has Christian roots, Cristo said people of all faiths are welcome. Those who want to can attend a Bible study at the center.
“We’re respectful of where people are at. We have no agenda,” Guido said.
To make an appointment call (203) 271-2703 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. A 24-hour hotline is also available at 1-800-395-HELP.
On Oct. 21 Hope Pregnancy will host a banquet to celebrate their 25 years. More information on the banquet will be available soon. For information visit the Hope Pregnancy Center website.
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