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Center offers summer program

 

The Carolina Pregnancy Center of Washington offers a summer program for teenagers who are mothers or mothers-to-be.

The program combines arts and crafts, Bible study and fellowship, said Rebecca Warren, the community-liaison worker for the center. It is free to any mother who is 18 or younger. After participating in the sessions, the mothers are given a free pack of disposable diapers.

“We load them up,” Warren said. “They get a pack of diapers every time they come, so it’s an incentive.”

Sixteen-year-old Janella Thomson came with baby in tow. She said she decided to participate because the center taught her a lot during her pregnancy — and she could use the free diapers.

“The classes are really helpful, especially during birth,” Thompson said as she worked on a ribbon wreath.

Most of the center’s efforts focus on pregnancy-related matters. After clients have their babies, many stop coming to the center. Warren said this program was created to help the center stay connected with its former clients and assist any teen mother who needs it.

For the first part of the session, mothers complete a simple art project. Warren then leads them in a Bible study that focuses on a book titled “Praying for Your Future Husband” by Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer.

The book mixes Bible verses, prayers and the experiences of Gunn and Goyer.

The classes are held from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Carolina Pregnancy Center of Washington, 1312 John Small Ave. For more information, call 252-757-0003 and ask for Warren.