Center celebrates 10 years
Non-profit has helped thousands of pregnant women and new moms
KINGMAN - Having children is one of life's greatest blessings. The Advice and Aid Pregnancy Center at 2795 Northern Ave. has been operating in Kingman for 10 years now to help assure the little bundles of joy are healthy.
The center celebrated its 10th anniversary on Dec. 6 with its many volunteers and friends in attendance. The Christian non-profit organization has helped more than 2,000 clients since opening its doors in 1998.
"We are here to help take the clients from the first trimester through parenting," said Teresa Reaume, Executive Director of the center.
The center has a program in place to guide the clients through the various phases. The purpose of Earn While You Learn is to educate prospective parents on a variety of subjects, such as prenatal development, nutrition, child development and parenting skills.
"We teach things like handling discipline and self-esteem," Reaume said.
The program works by giving the clients an opportunity to obtain baby items and maternity clothes without having to spend money. By participating in the program, the client earns credits that can be spent at the center.
The clients visit the center once a week and watch videos, read booklets and complete related homework assignments to earn credits. Attending their prenatal appointments and taking their children to well-baby checkup visits until they are 2 years old can also be a way to earn the credits.
The center provides pregnancy tests, free ultrasounds once a week and counseling three times a week.
The center is mainly supported by the work of volunteers and the donations received, such as blankets from the quilting guilds.
"That's how we work," Reaume said. "Having others helping out."
When Reaume spoke of the reasons the center is in place, she was brought to tears.
"Helping clients and their families so there can be a difference in their lives," she said. "We want to give them something more than just clothes. We want them to have hope, encouragement and support."
Reaume said the center is always looking for more volunteers, and she loves to see former clients come to her and ask how they can be of service.
"We like to see our clients help others by passing it on," said Reaume.