SPARTANBURG – Construction on the new $ 1.8 million facility at the Carolina Pregnancy Center is scheduled to begin on January 20.
The Carolina Pregnancy Center was founded in 1987 to help families overcome unwanted pregnancies. Over the years, the non-profit organization has expanded its services.
âThirty years ago, we were just donating baby and maternity clothes and providing pregnancy tests,â Alexia Newman, executive director of the Carolina Pregnancy Center, told The Post and Courier. âNow we have a mentoring program. “
The center serves around 2,000 families each year. A men’s ministry was recently added and a full-time nurse manager was hired to help provide ultrasounds. It also has a store in which children’s clothing is sold. The existing center building at 103 Metro Dr. in Spartanburg is approximately 6,200 square feet.
Newman said the new 10,000 square foot, two story building at 7425 Westlake Dr. will better serve the community by providing the space needed to offer more programs and services.
âIt will be a much bigger facility, which we desperately need,â Newman said. âWe will have more space to see more people. Our overall mission is to work with families with unplanned pregnancies and we don’t know what to do to let them know that help is available in the community. “
Newman expects the new building to be completed and open by January 2023. The center is leasing its existing space at Metro Drive. For over 10 years, the center has strived to own its own space instead of renting it out. In 2019, the new site was selected. Fundraising efforts have raised more than $ 1 million for the project, Newman said.
The new building will be approximately one mile north of the existing facility. Jeremy Bishop, Carolina Pregnancy Center board chair, said it’s important the new facility is close to the existing site.
âWe like that it doesn’t completely shake up where we’ve been for over 20 years,â Bishop said. âThe new building will have a much more functional space than the building we are in. “
Bishop said several properties had been considered for the new building. The center even considered renovating the existing building before deciding to buy land. Leveling work on the site is expected to begin shortly after the groundbreaking ceremony on January 20. The first floor of the new building will measure approximately 8,000 square feet, with approximately 2,000 square feet of space on the second floor.
âWe are very excited,â Bishop said. “It has been a long time to come. We will have our own place that we do not rent and we will establish permanent roots there to be in space for decades and beyond. It has been a methodical and deliberate process over the years. years. We are ready to innovate and get moving. “
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