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Local pregnancy center has new name, new look

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By Corinne Westeman

The Mountain Area Pregnancy Center has a new name, a new look and new services for expectant mothers, couples and families.

Life’s Options will continue to offer free pregnancy tests, counseling and parenting classes and is looking to add ultrasound services in the coming months.

The nonprofit was previously located inside the Mother’s Closet at 27884 Meadow Drive, but now has moved into office space on the north side of the same complex at 27888 Meadow Drive. Mother’s Closet has been remodeled but remains in the same location.

Life’s Option is hosting a pancake breakfast and open house from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday so that clients, community members and donors can see the new facilities.

Executive director Jill Sneed said the organization has been working on the new office space for eight months. This location is bigger, offers clients more confidentiality, and improves logistics for staff members, she said.

Sneed clarified that the center, which has been serving the mountain community for 27 years, had been offering more than pregnancy services over the past five years.

“We wanted a name that was more encompassing of all the services we provide,” Sneed said. “We wanted to reintroduce ourselves the community, and wanted something that draws people in but at the same time wasn’t vague.”

Sneed added that Life’s Options offers counseling to pregnant women of any age or background; healthy-relationship counseling; parenting classes; and post-abortion counseling.

Sneed said Life’s Options is a Christian group but is “nonjudgmental” and wants pregnant women to be fully informed and aware of all the financial and emotional help it offers, and of other resources that are available.

Life Option’s staff members and volunteers said the organization provides a safe place for women, couples and families to find support, and for expectant parents to make connections with each other.

Katie Stoner of Evergreen, who has been volunteering at the center’s Mother’s Closet for eight years, described how she had gotten to know clients who visited the store, or who meet for the prayer group.

“Everyone is welcome,” she said. “It’s a happy place and full of support. Clients will come in and hang out here with their kids, because they know it’s a safe place. They say, ‘We feel so loved here.’”

Mother’s Closet

The organization’s Mother Closet location has been remodeled, and the store continues to sell secondhand clothing in infant to youth sizes 10-12, as well as maternity clothes, Sneed said.

“People are afraid that if they buy clothes there, that mothers won’t be able to find any,” she continued. “We have plenty of donations, and all proceeds from Mother’s Closet support our other free services. So anyone is welcome to shop for clothes there, or offer donations.”