Pregnancy center offers free assistance to students

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Have you ever felt alone and just needed someone to talk to? Many college-aged women go through hard times in their lives and feel like they can’t share their problems with anyone. Maybe your friends won’t understand, or your parents would judge you. Don’t hold your problems inside– go talk to someone.

The Pregnancy Care Center of Southeast Texas offers many services to women who are just like you. They know exactly what you are going through and can help. Pregnancy tests and daily peer counseling are just a few of the many programs given to the women of Huntsville free of charge. Their services are all anonymous and open to women of all ages.

The Pregnancy Care Center is a non-profit organization that offers assistance to women, pregnant or not, for no cost. Chris Gautreaux, the director of the center in Huntsville, said the center’s mission statement is to “express God’s unconditional love by providing alternatives to individuals who are going through or have gone through a crisis pregnancy situation.”

The Pregnancy Care Center of Southeast Texas is a Christian-based organization and teaches women about the importance of making educated and informed decisions. The center has an abstinence program and also holds weekly Bible studies. The center is interdenominational and welcomes women of all denominations. Gautreaux calls her organization “pro-woman” rather than “pro-life” because they care “just as much for the woman as the baby.”

The Pregnancy Care Center also helps women during and after pregnancy. There are many programs set up for parents as well. They hold a parenting class to teach both single and married women the different skills needed to care for babies at their many stages. They also make adoption referrals and help mothers with governmental funding opportunities.

The Hope Project, a program in the center, is geared toward helping mothers and soon-to-be mothers, by supplying various items that are needed to care for their children.

The women in the program earn “Baby Bucks,” which are points that can then be used to “buy” needed items. The women earn the points by attending school, church and parenting classes and also doing other daily activities such as reading a book or doing a report. Each activity is assigned a dollar value, which is added to the woman’s account. The woman then uses her “Baby Bucks” to shop in the center from donated items. They have anything from pacifiers to cribs and everything in between.

The Pregnancy Care Center of Southeast Texas receives no state or federal funding and their staff is comprised of 20 to 30 active volunteers with only two people on payroll. With over 1,100 client visits and pregnancy tests given out last year, the center is always in need for more volunteers.

The center is located next to Quiznos on Sam Houston Avenue. Their hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 8 p.m. For more information on the classes and services available call (936) 294-0404, or log on to www.pcctexas.org.