MONROE – The Help Pregnancy Center celebrated its 30th anniversary on Saturday, September 25 with the help of A Cause for Tea. The celebration took place at A Cause for Tea’s new location – 418 E Franklin Street. The event space is slated to officially open later this year.
The centre’s mission is to help women who are considering abortion. Rooted in Christian beliefs, the center encourages women to keep their unborn babies with spiritual, physical and emotional support. It is a non-profit organization where services are offered free of charge to women and couples facing an unplanned pregnancy. Additionally, Help Pregnancy Center offers pregnancy, parenting, adoption and abortion education, as well as confidential counseling and limited ultrasounds.
Founder and President Tara Quinn started Help Pregnancy Center because she felt it was her call from God, according to a newsletter published by the Center. It all started in a small house on the same property as the existing building at 480 Help Street, next to Secrest Short Cut Road.
Since its inception 30 years ago, the center has helped thousands of families and has become the first pro-life pregnancy center in North Carolina to send a mobile unit to “the busiest abortion center in the south.” is, âsays the bulletin. The mobile unit travels throughout the Charlotte area six days a week, according to the centre’s website.
Help Pregnancy Center was able to purchase the mobile unit with money raised by A Cause for Tea – a local effort that raises funds for Help and New Life Nicaragua and other nonprofits whose mission is to empower women and children. A Cause for Tea and Help has had a partnership since 2016.
After the mobile unit, Help’s next goal is to complete Project Ezra. The Ezra Project will be an addition to the centre’s current facilities, Quinn said during the celebration. The building will measure between 7,200 and 7,500 square feet and house the center’s clothing department, children’s equipment, infant formula and food. Quinn said construction plans have yet to be approved by the Town of Monroe; therefore, a completion date must be determined.
During the anniversary celebration, Quinn told the Inquirer-Journal what it means for the center to have kept its doors open for 30 years. For her, this shows the community’s âembraceâ towards the center. âThere are men and women, churches and local businesses who believe in the sanctity of human life,â she said. âWe are just so grateful for the support from the community and the volunteersâ¦ it has continued to grow and we hope for more growth over the next 30 years. “
Help, said Quinn, represents “a safe place so that women are not judged and can seek positive alternatives when they find themselves in an unplanned pregnancy.”