The Centre Wellington Pregnancy Centre, will provide free pregnancy tests, resources and a place for women to work through their pregnancy option concerns and issues with highly trained staff and volunteers.
The Centre is celebrating its Grand Opening on September 7, 2017 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm EDT at the Centre’s new location at 355 St. Andrew Street West, Fergus, ON, and a ribbon cutting ceremony with Centre Wellington Mayor, Kelly Linton at 4:30 pm EDT.
“Finding out you are pregnant can be scary and not everyone has support to deal with that situation”, says new Centre Director Shadia Staebler. “The Pregnancy Centre is a safe place to come and talk about your options, find support, respect and hope.”
Staebler says her Pregnancy Centre staff and volunteers will provide clients with information on all pregnancy options, including abortion, adoption and parenting. They will also make clients aware of the many related services available in Centre Wellington.
“We also offer other supportive services in the form of counselling and support groups“ says Staebler. “We are looking forward to establishing relationships with other great services in our community in order to connect them with our clients.”
Fergus obstetrician Dr. Dan Reilly says the Pregnancy Centre and the services it will offer will enhance pregnancy supports in Centre Wellington. He strongly endorses the new services and is a volunteer member of the Board of Directors.
“The new Pregnancy Centre offers support in addition to the great medical care we have in our community,” says Reilly. “Clients will benefit from volunteers that can spend unstructured time with them as needed to talk about their challenges. Conversations about their hopes and fears and mentorship from another woman who understands their situation can reduce anxiety and improve health.”
Plans for the new Centre Wellington Pregnancy Centre were initiated by a group of local residents who saw a need for more specific services for women facing an unexpected pregnancy.
“This committed group talked to local physicians, teachers, community services and churches about the needs in our community,” says Staebler. “They found that women facing an unplanned pregnancy need time and a safe and confidential place to work through their decision. Until now, these women have been on their own, often with nowhere to turn for help and support.”
The new Centre Wellington Pregnancy Centre is a satellite office of the Kitchener-Waterloo Pregnancy Centre located in downtown Kitchener. The Kitchener-Waterloo Pregnancy Centre was established in 1986 (www.pregnancycentre.ca) and has been providing support to hundreds of clients for more than 30 years.
“We are a faith based organization which compels us to care deeply about the woman in crisis. We welcome anyone no matter their circumstances, race, gender or religion”, says Staebler.
The Centre Wellington Pregnancy Centre has raised all the start-up costs from within the Centre Wellington community. “We are looking forward to providing meaningful and impactful help to women in need in this community,” says Staebler.