Local pregnancy center aids parents

KINGMAN ­ Anna Arzola just discovered the Advice and Aid Pregnancy center, and is so pleased with it she is now thinking of becoming a volunteer there.

This sort of donation is greatly appreciated ­ and needed ­ by the center that has helped 1,216 Kingman-area parents since it opened its doors on December 19th, 1998. And yet, Arzola almost never got to know the place. "I always drove by, thinking it was only a pregnancy center ­ that you had to BE pregnant or something Š I didn't know what it was. I finally stopped by, walked in and asked what it was about. A lady sat with me and explained things ­ the kind of help they giveŠ It's really helpful." Arzola has a daughter, Thalia Torres, who is one year and ten months, and a four-week old boy.

The Advice and Aid Pregnancy Center is a 501-C3 non-profit organization that aids people in need of pregnancy and infant care, offering parenting skills and tools free of charge. They provide free pregnancy tests, referrals for prenatal and childbirth classes, referrals for Adoption information and clothing and furnishings for mothers and their babies.

They also provide an "Earn While You Learn" Education Program, where clients learn about pre-natal and post-natal care and parenting skills. They watch videos and do homework to earn credits towards baby items such as clothes. The center also offers a free ultrasound (by appointment only).

Money for the center comes through individual and church donations, organizations, fund-raisers and The United Way.

Teresa Reaume is the director of the center. All other workers are volunteers.

One current fund-raiser is a diaper drive being held by Mail Solutions at 2170 E. Northern Avenue. The center has an on-going need for diapers, especially Sizes 3, 4 and 5. New diapers may be dropped off at Mail Solutions and will be delivered to the center.

Though in high demand, diapers are not the only things that mothers with young children need, and the center greatly appreciates donations of cribs, changing tables, strollers, high chairs and other baby items for children up to five years old in and in good shape. Also needed are money donations, volunteers and (currently) board members.

Reaume pointed out that clients have provided feedback on the program, and "they wouldn't be able to afford all the baby items if it wasn't for this program. It's a program to help this community."

Arzola concurs. "I'd recommend this (program) to anybody Š they do a lot of good."

The Advice and Aid Pregnancy Center is located at 2975 Northern Avenue. Their phone number is 692-1301 or (888) 551-8405.