PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia center that provides assistance to pregnant women and children is changing the way they serve clients amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sadly, this comes at a time when help – and hope – was needed most.
“It’s like the forehead where the admission is,” said Marlene Downing, director of the Hope Pregnancy Center.
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Normally the doors are open to any woman coming off the street who needs in-person services from the Hope Pregnancy Center on Broad Street near Spring Garden Street.
Instead, they were closed due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Still, Downing is doing all she can to help.
“I have a young lady I’m supposed to drop this stroller off to,” Downing said.
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Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hope Pregnancy Center was able to offer ultrasounds, counseling, and provide prenatal pills.
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They now mostly get emails or phone calls from customers in the office for baby supplies like diapers, clothes and wipes.
“We’ve helped women who were homeless, abused mothers, young mothers who were just getting started and really had no idea what they wanted to do,” Downing said.
Local churches collect donations for the center’s baby registries for women who have recently given birth.
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Juhda Clay was one of them.
While holding his 6-month-old son in his arms, Clay says that now more than ever, the services of the Hope Pregnancy Center are vital.
“Because the parents probably can’t afford it, the diapers and whatever they give you, the clothes and it also helps that they drop out of service,” Clay said.
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If you are pregnant or have recently given birth and need help, you can call 267-546-3600 – this is the centre’s hotline.