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New Beginnings hosts open house

By: 21 May 2013 No Comment

New Beginnings Pregnancy Resource EnterNew Beginnings Pregnancy Resource Center at 120 S. Conrad St. in Benton hosted an open house on Monday to give people a chance to tour the organization’s facility and discuss what services the nonprofit offers in the community.

New Beginnings offer services to parents in need of counseling, baby clothes, diapers, formula and other items that are costly but necessary for raising children. Kim Puska of New Beginnings said the facility provides services to 60 to 75 expecting mothers and women with infants every week. She said some single mothers are among those clients, but 40 to 50 percent of the facility’s clients are married women who simply find themselves struggling to make ends meet during rough economic times.

The facility, Puska said, thrives on donations from area churches and concerned people in the community.

“We always need donations,” she said, pointing out that used baby clothes in good shape, baby food, formula, swings, new clothes, diaper bags, diapers and other items are always in demand. Larger items such as swings and baby seats are usually in short supply at the center.

The center is stored in a house that has enough room for counseling rooms, Bible study sessions and storage of everything from baby clothes to blankets made and donated by the Saline County Quilting Guild.

Carissa and Hailee Blanton.

Carissa and Hailee Blanton.

What impact does the center have on the community? Carissa Blanton said it has been a blessing to her family. The center has helped Blanton and her husband out with the resources necessary for their eight-month-old daughter, Hailee, and a child that is on the way.

Blanton said Bible studies, lactation groups and parenting classes have been particularly appreciated, adding the center has offered help to her family and others in need.

Pam Robideux of the Breath of Life Pregnancy Resource Center — the sister organization to New Beginnings — said that facility offers similar services to the one in Benton. It, too, is supported by local churches and community groups and is also in need of interested people in the community to give generously so volunteers can continue helping mothers in need.

Breath of Life, located at 1015 E. Page in Malvern, assists about 12 women per week, Robideux said.

Expecting mothers and women with infants that are younger than two-years-old are encouraged to get in touch with New Beginnings at (501)315-5577 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays. Click here for a map to New Beginnings or click here for the facility’s Facebook page.

Breath of life is open from on Tuesdays and Thursdays and can be reached at (501)332-2994. Click here for a map to Breath of Life.

Of course, both facilities are in need of donors and volunteers, so give the center near you and see what opportunities are available. For those wanting to help out immediately, Rumors Hair Design in Benton is hosting a Cut-a-Thon from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday to raise money for New Beginnings.

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.

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