Unplanned pregnancy support group looking for volunteers

Unplanned pregnancy support group looking for volunteers

Group looking to get Wetaskiwin satellite centre up and running

A group that provides aid and support for women experiencing unplanned pregnancies is looking to start a satellite centre in Wetaskiwin.

The Edmonton Pregnancy Care Centre was contacted by Wetaskiwin-area citizens recently with the suggestion that the EPCC offer programs here.

Trish Wayne, executive director for EPCC, stated the organization offers hope to women experiencing an unexpected pregnancy. Wayne said some women in that situation have difficulty seeing a positive future and may make decisions that they later regret.

Wayne stated the EPCC’s Pregnancy Plus classes offer topics like budgeting, healthy relationships, labor and delivery, breast feeding and all the way to caring for your baby.

She also noted that some women come to programs who are in unhealthy relationships and Wayne noted it’s not unusual for clients to build new friendships and relationships at the programs.

The Pregnancy Plus program runs heavily on volunteers, noted Wayne. To begin with, the group could benefit from people who have a passion for steering committee work. She said lots of other volunteer roles would be available.

Wayne said the program also needs like-minded volunteers with a Christian worldview who want to bring hope to women who feel unsupported. She noted that clients should remember the EPCC is not a medical clinic, but rather a resource to offer support and companionship.

The EPCC has enjoyed the support of local service group Agape community outreach; executive director Kate Halas said by phone Sept. 14 there are women in the Wetaskiwin area coping with unexpected pregnancy. “I see the need here already,” said Halas, who noted EPCC has the expertise and experience to offer a very high quality program.

EPCC has an info night planned Oct. 1 at Agape’s building, the former Sears building, located at 4704 50 St. to discuss a possible Pregnancy Care Centre for Wetaskiwin. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and anyone interested in helping should attend.


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