Local Knights of Columbus councils donate to Lapeer Pregnancy Center

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Erika Hale, executive director of the Lapeer Pregnancy Center, received donations Tuesday from Knights of Columbus Imlay City Council 4556 and Knights of Columbus North Branch Council 9568. Michigan District Deputy Thomas Parsch (left) presented the check from Imlay City. , and from North Branch — Adam Jacobson, Grand Knight of Council 9568. Photo by Jeff Hogan

LAPEER TWP. — The Lapeer County Knights of Columbus councils continue to be primary supporters of the Lapeer Pregnancy Center (PCOL), located on Imlay City Road in Lapeer Township.

In 2019, a gift from the Lapeer Knights of Columbus Council 1987 along with a matching gift from the Knight’s Supreme Council purchased a $43,000 ultrasound machine for the PCOL.

On Tuesday, Grand Knight Adam Jacobson, North Branch Knights of Columbus Council 9568, presented a check for $2,500 to the center, while Thomas Parsch (Michigan District Deputy), on behalf of Imlay City Council 4556, donated $100 to the general operations of the center.

“Thank you very much. The Knights have always been great with us. It is much appreciated, said Erika Hale, CEO of PCOL.

PCOL is a nonprofit, faith-based organization that opened in the 1990s. It receives no state or federal funding. Instead, PCOL relies on financial support from community members, churches and local organizations.

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For more than 25 years, PCOL has provided specially trained option counselors and peer advocates to work with women experiencing unexpected pregnancies. The Center offers pregnancy testing, as well as information and education on conception, pregnancy, fetal development, parenthood, adoption, abortion procedures and risks, abstinence, sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and birth control. The Center also offers a mentoring program for mothers, a web-based parenting studies program, referrals to community and social service agencies, and sexual health and relationship education.

The PCOL also has a volunteer-run baby shop that offers everything from baby wipes and diapers to clothes and furniture for new parents.

All of its confidential services are offered free of charge, regardless of age, race, income, religion or sexual orientation.

PCOL was able to pay off its mortgage in November 2020. Its current building houses two consultation rooms, a small medical suite and some offices.

Hale and the PCOL Board of Directors believe there is still much to be done. PCOL’s goals and objectives for 2022-2023 incorporate the intent to be a more vital entity in the Lapeer County community by providing education in public and private schools, providing health education and support services to churches and youth groups, expand medical care by adding STD screening/treatment and abortion pill reversal, offer parenting enrichment groups for parents of young children, and offer post-abortion support to men and women.

“Our building is small. We definitely need more space, Hale said. On his Imlay City Road property, about a mile east of the Walmart store, PCOL in the new year aims to raise enough money to add a large lecture hall/classroom, two more consultation, two other offices, toilets and a large store area for its baby shop overflow. “We hope to start building by the end of summer 2022,” Hale said.

PCOL office hours are Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about PCOL, how to make donations to support day-to-day operations or the expansion project, call Hale at 810-667-0055 or email [email protected]

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