Patti Page (right), Executive Director of the center poses with volunteers.
By Meagan Hurley
The North Georgia Pregnancy Center of Jasper held a community wide baby shower July 10, encouraging people to donate infant necessities.
The donations are to benefit the center’s “Mommy Store,” an extension of the building where expecting mothers may go and pick out items to fill their complimentary diaper bags with. These items can include anything from clothes to bottles, diapers, and baby wipes.
The pregnancy center, a nonprofit formerly known as the Pickens Pregnancy Center, was founded in 1991 by Phyllis Smith and its early days consisted of administering free pregnancy tests, providing counseling, and abortion prevention.
The organization has since grown tremendously, now occupying a building of four suites and providing services to women all over the North Georgia area. The center has developed additional programs including the Mommy Store, as well as the Angel Babies thrift store, and the “Earn while you learn,” and Diaper Bag Ministry programs. Free pregnancy tests and counseling for mothers, fathers, and families are still provided.
Since its opening, the center has employed four executive directors, with Patti Page now filling the position. Volunteers make up the North Georgia Pregnancy Center team, including counselors, office specialists, retail workers, and even a Registered Nurse. Operating with a Christian foundation, the center’s mission is to build strong families. “Strong families build strong nations,” says Page.
Donations and volunteers are always appreciated at the center, open on Mondays and Wednesdays.