ADRIAN – For the past 35 years, the Care Pregnancy Center in Lenawee has served parents and promoted God’s plan.
On Thursday afternoon, this longevity was celebrated with food, ice cream, music, friends and a donation from a community partner.
The pregnancy center was founded as the Crisis Pregnancy Center in response to the death of Roe v. Wade, according to Roxanne Meeks, executive director of CPC.
The center has grown and changed its name to offer more programs and classes for parents.
What has remained the same for three and a half decades in the mission of the center.
âTwo of the main goals that have not changed are that we are here to bring the gospel to the community,â Meeks said. â… and we are here to support those who are faced with a critical decision in their parenthood or pregnancy.
âWe believe it creates strong families, keeps families together and keeps them rooted in a community.â
There has been talk of expanding the center to 308 N. Broad St., but it’s on hold at this time. Doug Chandler, CPC board member, said there were plans to expand the facility as they sometimes lack consultation rooms. The expansion could also allow the center to offer larger classes for parents, such as nutrition classes.
âIt’s a question of how much of that is needed, how much is needed, so we’re re-evaluating it,â Chandler said. âWe could grow in the future because we help a lot of people here. “
Many mothers come to the center at the worst time of their life. Maybe their boyfriend has left them, or they don’t have any money or support from their parents – or even a mix of all three – and they’re pregnant, explained Chandler. However, the annual CPC banquet sees mothers return, grateful for the support they received as they walked through the centre’s doors.
ProMedica Bixby Hospital and Herrick Hospital presented the center with a check for $ 260 during Thursday’s celebration. Donations came from administrative, radiology and population health services.
Thirty-five years are enough to have a generational impact.
Those who came to the center at the time now have grandchildren and pass on what they learned.
âWe are changing society one person at a time. It’s not much, we don’t make a lot of noise in the ocean, but one thing at a time, we are changing people’s lives, âChandler said.