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Advice and Aid Pregnancy Center makes 2nd move to bigger facility

KINGMAN – When Gloria Paulin moved to Kingman from San Diego three years ago with her fiance, Steve, she didn't know many people and money was tight.

Steve had trouble finding a job, but the couple married, Gloria became pregnant soon after, and money was still very much an issue.

Although Paulin, 24, said her husband is now employed and her daughters, ages 1 and 2, are doing fine, she is still a client at the center that helped her get through the rough times.

"I don't know what we would have done without the Advice and Aid Pregnancy Center," she said.

"They helped me get through both my pregnancies and are still helping me."

The center, which offers a variety of services and programs, has helped more than 900 pregnant women since first opening its doors five years ago.

"The first office we had was a one-room office space," said founder and director Teresa Reaume.

"It wasn't long before we knew we needed more space and had to find a bigger office."

Reaume found a larger space, but the center also outgrew that facility and moved to 2975 Northern Ave.

on May 1.

The new building has a room just for baby items such as diapers and baby furniture and a room for the new donated ultrasound machine.

"There are times when a pregnancy is viewed as a problem because of physical, emotional, social or untimely factors," Reaume said.

"The center exists to aid women who may not be aware of all their options by providing information and support as they sort through their questions and fears."

In addition to guidance and support, the center offers free pregnancy tests and referrals for medical care, housing and other community resources.

Clothing, furnishings for mother and baby, childbirth and pre-natal classes, referrals for adoption and a 24-hour telephone help line also are available.

The Arizona Department of Economic Security, social service organizations or churches refer clients to the center.

Paulin and other clients are not given something for nothing.

What they are given is the opportunity to earn credits to buy much-needed baby items at the center.

"We have one room that looks like a department store.

It is full of all kinds of baby items," Reaume said.

With the Earn While You Learn Program, the women earn credits by participating in classes, reading books and watching videotapes about pre-natal and post-natal care.

"Our clients have learned a lot about parenting skills and good nutrition.

They also learn the risks of smoking, drinking or taking drugs when pregnant," Reaume said.

Reaume, a former pre-school teacher, is no stranger to helping pregnant women.

While living in Flagstaff before coming to Kingman 11 years ago, she was involved in the pro-life movement and started a right-to-life group which she chaired for five years.

"When I moved to Kingman, I wanted to do something.

I wanted to help the community in some way.

I saw the need for a pregnancy center here," she said.

"We are getting more help and more donations and volunteers.

We are also getting more clients.

More are learning about us."

The Walk For Life from 10 a.m.

until about 1 p.m.

Saturday at Centennial Park is an annual fund-raiser for the center.

Tickets for a drawing will be sold.

Prizes include a one-month membership to the Del.

E Webb Wellness Center and meals at local restaurants.

The Venture Club is sponsoring the walk this year.

Donations for the center also are needed.

For information about the walk or to buy tickets for the drawing, or for information about the Advice and Aid Pregnancy Center, call 692-1301, or stop by the center at 2975 Northern Ave.

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