By Dr. Kathy Allen, State Director, Louisiana Black Advocates for Life
Acadiana loves mommies and babies! The newly-established Opelousas Pregnancy Center is getting everything in place to begin seeing clients soon.
Executive Director Mika Hernandez, RN, has been working diligently with a team of volunteers and donors to create a warm, loving environment in which women will receive free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, counseling, life skills and parenting classes and have access to a baby boutique stocked with everything a new mother might need for her baby.
Hope Presbyterian Church donated the building at 414 S. Main St., where the center is located.
The center has hosted several “sneak peek” tours for community groups, and interested members of the community are encouraged to contact the director to schedule a tour, ask questions, or discuss ways that you can help.
Since all services of the center will be offered free of charge, success depends not only on ongoing prayer support, but also financial support to cover the cost of necessary supplies and services. Community response has been tremendous already, as the “$30,000 in 30 Days” matching grant campaign during the month of June was a complete success. Thank you for your support!
The center currently needs funding for an ultrasound machine so that new mothers who come in for services will be able to see the image of their babies in the womb. We know, from anecdotal and empirical evidence, that the image of a living baby in the womb tends to encourage women to avoid abortion clinics and choose life for their babies. Thanks to a grant secured by the director, ultrasound training for medical volunteers is fully funded.
Ultrasound machines are expensive, and the center asks that everyone who is willing and able to support the purchase of a machine prayerfully make a donation to help meet the cost. You can make a difference by using this link, and adding the memo “Ultrasound.” All donations made specifically for the ultrasound machine will be used only for that purpose.
We look forward to the full operation of the Opelousas Pregnancy Center and offer congratulations to the Board of Directors, director, donors, and community volunteers who are making this possible!