The public is invited to tour Open Door Pregnancy Care Center’s mobile unit at an event from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 13 at Journey@McPherson, 201 E. Euclid St.
Neely Pickard, executive director at Open Door PCC, said the organization is launching its mobile unit to provide pregnancy services to communities around Hutchinson.
“We’re trying to target communities around us that don’t have a pregnancy center,” Pickard said.
Open Door PCC is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that provides pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, Bible studies, prenatal programs and parenting classes. It is funded by donations from churches and individuals.
“Everything we do for our clients is free to them,” Pickard said.
At their location at 315 W. First St. in Hutchinson, Open Door PCC houses a baby boutique that expectant mothers can shop by earning points for meeting with their mentors.
“It’s stocked with anything you could want for babies,” Pickard said.
Pickard noted Open Door PCC staff do go over all three options -— adoption, abortion and parenting — with their clients, but do not refer them to abortion clinics.
“Our main clientele is 14 to 25 (years old),” Pickard said.
McPherson’s population numbers at its college campuses is part of the reason the organization is looking to bring its mobile unit to the area on a regular schedule.
“We’re looking at probably twice a month to start off,” Pickard said.
Parking the mobile unit at Journey@McPherson was an intentional choice, as some clients may not have access to vehicle and would need to walk to the location.
“The mobile unit’s focus is pregnancy tests and sonograms,” Pickard said.
Having the mobile unit can also allow Open Door PCC to facilitate small group classes.
“We do have a great post-abortive healing program for any woman or man who has gone through an abortion,” Pickard said.
Open Door PCC will take the mobile unit, which took around $150,000 to equip and will require $60,000 for yearly operating costs, to several other cities around south central Kansas as well.
“It’ll be exciting to get to show it off,” Pickard said.
Open Door PCC’s 19th annual fundraising banquet will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Atrium Hotel and Conference Center, 1400 N. Lorraine St. in Hutchinson.
Free donuts and coffee will be served at the Oct. 13 event, which is open to anyone interested in Open Door PCC’s services — either for themselves or to be able to refer others — or in supporting the organization through donations or volunteering.
For more information about Open Door PCC, visit http://www.opendoorpcc.com or call 620-728-2229.
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