Groundbreaking held for local pregnancy, resource center
Nearly 100 people gathered under the shade of the oaks on a recent Sunday afternoon to participate and to express support for Harmony Pregnancy and Resource Center’s long-anticipated building project.
After introductions and special recognitions, attendees moved to the footprint of the building where the dirt was turned in a ceremonial groundbreaking. A dedication prayer was given by Dr. Jerry Nash.
Artists Rendering of Center Plans
The shovelers pictured at the groundbreaking for Harmony Pregnancy Center from left to right are Dr. Jerry Nash, Dr. Darel Mitchell, Avery Baker, Linda Lemery, Gregg Jenkins and Rev. James Brock.
The new center will be a two-story structure in a country cottage design. It will include rooms for meeting with clients, a classroom, and a media room for educational purposes. Administrative offices as well as an area for processing donations of clothing and supplies for mothers and babies are in the plans.
The pregnancy center is currently located in the Providence Mall Plaza, adjacent to Central Florida Community College.
The center has assisted nearly 800 young women to date.
Operating as a non-profit organization, it has served teens and young women in the community for nearly seven years and is in great need of expansion.
The new center will be located on N.E. 4th Street in Chiefland and construction is currently underway.
The project has been in the planning stages for two years.
Businesses and individuals are donating materials and expertise for the project, and completion of the new building is expected by December.
The purpose of the pregnancy center is to assist teens and young women who are in need of a pregnancy test or those who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and desire to discuss the matter in a confidential and caring setting. Adoption options are also available.
The present location is open from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
For more information about the center, call 493-7773.