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This year’s Walk for Life will not only feature the traditional walk to raise funds for the Cañon City Pregnancy Center, but it will also be part of a grand opening and ribbon cutting for their new facility.
The community has generously supported the nonprofit for over 36 years, and they are doing it again.
The center launched a fundraising campaign in January and moved into the new building at 614 and 616 Yale Place in May.
“Due to COVID, our number of clients increased by 40% in 2020,” said Stori Thompson, director of relations with the center. “This was a catalyst for expanding our services, which resulted in the need for a larger facility. “
The center raised about $ 100,000 in pledges over six weeks to convince the bank to get a mortgage.
“The community has come together around us,” said Thompson. “This is a monumental achievement for our small town.
The center moved from its less than 2,000 square foot space on Greenwood Avenue to an 8,000 square foot space that was once used as a doctor’s office.
The south side of the building houses a boutique that offers free clothes, shoes and accessories for premature babies through to adults, including maternity items.
The north side of the building has a large waiting room, as well as offices, storage space, private counseling space and rooms dedicated to the storage of diapers, breast pumps, preparations. for infants, baby food and baby furniture.
The center has served families in Fremont County for over 36 years and is committed to serving individuals and families with resources, mentorship and an extensive educational program.
“All of our services are absolutely free,” said Thompson. “There is nothing to pay and it is not based on income. No one has to qualify for anything. They just have to be pregnant or have a child under the age of 18.
The center currently serves more than 500 families in Fremont County, as well as surrounding counties.
Looking to the future, the center plans to offer groups for dads, postabortion recovery groups, GED courses and navigators to help clients navigate the court system and social service delivery. They would also like to create more partnerships with other local nonprofits.
“We are creating hope and we are creating the next generation,” said Thompson. “What we’re doing here is helping two and three generations at the same time. We are changing the future of Fremont County.
The community is invited to the Walk for Life, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 12 in the new building.
The heat will leave every 15 minutes until noon. Participants are encouraged to walk, run or cycle. Parking will be available in the overflow area of St. Thomas More Hospital.
Registration will begin at 9 a.m. There will be food vendors, games and a ribbon cutting. Tours of the new facility will also be available. For more information, email [email protected] or call 719-275-7074.
The centre’s new hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or to donate online, visit https://www.abundantliferesources.org/.