In any given week, the Pregnancy Crisis Center in Daytona Beach can expect to see at least two dozen girls and women facing an unexpected pregnancy.
The center does not receive government money, relying instead on donations from individuals and groups like Tomoka United Methodist Church in Ormond Beach.
|The Pregnancy Crisis Center in Daytona Beach offers resources and guidance to women.|
In May, the United Methodist Women donated a Pack and Play crib filled to the brim with baby supplies — diapers, onesies, knitted things and supplies.
“It’s amazing what we come up with,” said Priscilla March, UMW president.
This is the fourth year the two dozen members have collected the items for the center. It is done in May in honor of Mother’s Day, March said.
The supplies are welcome, said office manager Joanne Roberts.
“We’re busting at the seams,” Roberts said. “The churches really come through for us.”
Since the center opened in 1989, workers have seen 12,330 babies born.
Last year, the center served almost 1,400 girls and women. The help includes free pregnancy testing, maternity clothes, baby clothes and supplies and assistance in signing up for Medicaid.
The clients have been as young as 12 and in their 40s and 50s, Roberts said. Typically, they are in their 20s, unmarried and unemployed.
“Whatever we have on our shelves, if they need it, it’s theirs,” Roberts said.
The center has established a closed Facebook group where the girls and women can connect.
“The girls are taking care of each other. They trade items,” Roberts said. “Way back there was a community and people took care of each other. The girls have really brought that back through social media, which is really beautiful to see.”
—Lilla Ross is a freelance writer based in Jacksonville.