Lake Area Pregnancy Help Center Has New Location and a Renewed Vision to Help Girls in Crisis

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Lake Sun Leader

The Lake Area Pregnancy Help Center (PHC) has been helping women and babies in the tri-county area for 31 years. A recent move to a larger facility has enabled them to help even more families. 

The PHC moved to the former Central Ozarks Medical Clinic at 948 E. Highway 54 in Camdenton, in March 2020.

“The move was very much needed,” Lake Area Pregnancy Help Center Executive Director Teresa Faber said. “We were running out of room and since we moved, we have doubled the number of girls we have helped!” The 3,600 sq. ft. professional building is perfect for the multiple PHC uses and confidentiality, with a back-parking lot for women who prefer privacy. The former medical building has been remodeled to fit the unique needs of the PHC, with a reception area, three offices, a waiting area, classrooms, intake rooms, an ultrasound room, and a kitchen.

The PHC Mission

The PHC will continue their Christ-centered missionto protect the unborn and serve the related needs of their family in the tri-county area of Camden, Miller, and Morgan County

“We assist girls in crisis by giving them a listening ear and by meeting their emotional, spiritual and material needs,” Faber revealed. “Some of the young girls that walk in our door have no idea of what they are going to do next. Many have no family, no boyfriend, and no emotional support. They just need someone to listen and standby them. They need someone who cares to show them a way to be able to parent, or give their child up for adoption. They sorely need a loving support system.” 

The PHC provides support to their clients through:

  • Free Pregnancy Tests and Ultrasounds

  • Confidential Counseling 

  • An Earn While You Learn Program: Clients earn mommy and daddy bucks they can spend in the PHC Mommy and Me Boutique to purchase maternity clothing and baby items, including diapers, bottles, furniture and much more

  • Bright Course classes are offered on subjects such as prenatal health, parenting, sexually transmitted disease, life skills, bible study, abstinence, birth spacing and more.

  • An A2A Program also allows clients to earn gasoline vouchers to assist them in traveling to classes and doctor’s appointments, as well as for emergency rent and utility assistance.

Bright Course

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, clients were unable to go into the center for their classes. With the new Bright Course curriculum, they receive their lessons via email, or text, and then they can complete and discussed their lessons via Facetime, all from the comfort of their own home. “We have tripled the number of girls taking classes,” Faber said. The Bright Course curriculum adds to our expense, so our goal is to find 10 churches, that will pledge to give $89 a year, to cover the cost of the curriculum.”

The Team

The center is administered by Faber and assistant director Maryetta Dennis, who is also the financial administrator. The rest of the mission is carried out by volunteers. “Smiling volunteers are always welcome,” Faber infused. “Just come on in and we will find a place just right for you.” The PHC is governed by nine active volunteer board members, from many different walks of life, who bring a variety of business skills and caring contributions to the table.

The PHC is funded by annual fundraisers and monthly donations from churches, individuals, organizations, and businesses. Donations can be made by sending a check PO Box 384 Camdenton, Mo. 65020, or online at Pregnancyhelpcenters.com. 

Upcoming PHC Fundraisers

  • Sunday, June 21: Baby Bottle Campaign: From Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21 to Sunday, July 26. Pick up a baby bottle from the PHC, or your church, and fill it up with your left-over change, bills or checks to help local women and their babies. Businesses set the baby bottles out on their counter to give their customers an opportunity to get in on the blessing. 

  • Saturday, October 3: Bridging the Gap - Walk for Life and 5K Run: Walk, or run, across the beautiful Community Bridge of the Lake of the Ozarks. If you are not a walker or runner, you can do a virtual walk online.

  • January Chili Cook-Off: Enter your chili to win prizes, or just come and eat chili.

 Open House

“We planned to have an open house when we moved into our new building, but we had to cancel due to Covid-19,” Faber said. The PHC Open House was rescheduled for Saturday, October 17, 2020.

“Stop by the PHC, say hello and take a tour,” Faber invited. The new PHC location is 948 E. Highway 54 Camdenton, Mo. 65020. The PHC hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The PHC helpline is available 24/7 at 573-346-3337. You can also visit them on Facebook, on their website at pregnancyhelpcenters.com and via Instagram. Clients can learn more about the PHC and the free services they offer at pregnancyhelpcenters.org.