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Friday, September 13, 2013 12:16 AM

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VAN WERT — The Pregnancy Life Center’s annual Walk for Life will take place this Sunday at Fountain Park located on Main Street in Van Wert. Once again there will be live music provided by the group Fortress as the walkers make their way around the two-mile course. The walk will start at 2 p.m. with registration beginning at 1:30 p.m. The event will take less than two hours of your time but will make a lifetime change for many teens, women, and children in the Van Wert area. The goal this year for the Walk is to raise $30,000 through sponsored walkers. This means the PLC will need as many people as possible supporting them at the walk. Remember if you cannot be there that day you can still raise money and walk on your own another time.

The PLC has been servicing Van Wert and the surrounding counties since December of 1999. During that time, it has expanded its program by offering longer office hours, more classes and more staff to better service clients. One of the biggest changes came three years ago when the center was able to take its services to teen clients through the Teen Support Program. This program allows the PLC to take classes to pregnant teens at their home school when they are not able to get to the Center. In addition, there has been a middle school-aged abstinence group created through the program called P.I.N.K. (purity, integrity, new ideas, knowledge). This group operated in all three county middle-schools (Crestview, Lincolnview and Van Wert) this past year as well as at The Resource Center and LifeLinks.

“This program has been a vision of the PLC’s for several years, and it has been amazing to see it succeed,” said PLC Director Trina Langdon. “Above all, we were delighted to see the program grow and the desire for young girls to be involved.”

When all schools and classes were actively involved in P.I.N.K., the program would service approximately 100 girls a week. Adding this programming to the PLC cost the center an additional $18,000 per year.

“So far we have been blessed to have the financing available for this program, however we know that could change at any time. We would hate to see a successful program only last for a few years due to funding. This is a program that is needed and valuable to many in this area,” Langdon said.

Aside from the service to pregnant teens and the abstinence program, the PLC also offers free pregnancy tests, material support, spiritual guidance and educational classes, such as pre-natal, baby care, parenting, etc. How the program works is that by attending classes at the center, a mother can earn a baby store pass and baby bucks to use at the PLC’s baby store. The store is stocked by donations from individuals and churches in the community, and has such items as diapers, wipes, new and used clothes and blankets, baby hygiene items, including wash, shampoo and rash ointment, and baby furniture. The PLC does not have any income guidelines. Anyone is welcome to use the center and each client’s involvement is up to them.

The PLC will service approximately 300 teens and women and their children in a given year. This includes doing about 120 pregnancy tests and intakes. The PLC has proven to be a necessity to many in the area which is why continued funding of this local ministry is important. The PLC does not accept any government funding, but operates entirely on local giving and fundraising.

Langdon said that, “nearly half of our budget runs off of how our Walk for Life does. Everything we do or don’t do next year is dependent upon what happens with this year’s Walk.”

So far the Walk has brought in around $16,000 in corporate and church sponsorship. That portion of the fundraising was highly successful and you can see a full listing of those sponsors on the website www.pregnancylifecenter.org.

Each individual who raises at least $200 will earn a free commemorative Walk for Life T-shirt. There is also a goal to have over 400 walkers in attendance on Sunday.

“Any time you have more people in attendance, it adds a level of excitement,” said Langdon. “Plus it is always nice to see everyone together, on one day, who value and appreciate what this ministry is doing on a daily basis.”

If you would like to be involved in this year’s Walk for Life, walk sponsorship forms are available at most Van Wert County and surrounding area churches. You can also visit the Pregnancy Life Center at 215 N. Market St in Van Wert or go to their website www.pregnancylifecenter.org for a walk form.

 

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