Heart of Hope Board of Directors pause from working at center, for this picture
with their children.
New "Heart of Hope" Organization
Offers Hope For Pregnant Teens
by: Bobby McDonald
One of Hopkins County's newest organizations, Heart of Hope, is a non-profit pregnancy resource center that strives to provide strength, confidence, hope, and emotional empowerment, through educational, emotional support, advocacy, and by mentoring families in crisis pregnancy situations. How many times have you heard of the young high school woman, who finds herself suspecting she is pregnant, but not knowing where to turn?
What about the young man, maybe a junior or senior in high school, and his girlfriend tells him she suspects she is pregnant? Where do you turn?
Members of several local churches were helping with renovations of the building, on Saturday.
Those are the kinds of situations that Heart of Hope is hoping to fill the need in our community, with offering pregnancy testing, advocacy and support services, parenting skills, material needs assistance, and even post abortion counseling.
The Heart of Hope organization will be open to the public in January 2012, and needs the support of the community to "get the word out" and to help with some of the needs at the center, located on Gilmer Street, in the same location as CANHelp.
Members of several local churches and members of the Heart of Hope Board of Directors were busy last Saturday as they organized donations, re-modeled the building, and began preparing for the January opening.
Other volunteers were busy organizing a number of donations that have already been given to
the newly formed organization.
"We want to be a safe place where teens and their parents can come for help!" advised Kim McCormack, Director of the new organization. "We want to help to educate these young people about the services that are available, offer them support, and aid them in making the best decisions for themselves and their unborn children!"
"The need is here in the community for these services and we're hoping to make an effort to provide the needs for these young people," continued McCormack. "But, we're still in need of a number of services to help aid the community. We need some help in purchasing office supplies, providing outreach materials, some computer software, education materials, and some monetary donations to help with our insurance expenses."
Those individuals who would like to help with the new project may contact McCormack at (903)885-9797 or at (903)348-5193.
"We want to thank those individuals and churches who already lent a hand in helping us, and ask for the assistance of others in providing needs for mother's with newborn babies, with monetary help, and with prayer and support for our new organization!" advised McCormack. "We want to be the source for helping young women and men in the community who find themselves in a pregnancy crisis, in Hopkins County!"
Heart of Hope will be offering clothing, food, supplies and basic necessities to aid in the transition
to motherhood by local teens, as well as counseling and support.