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Pregnancy Ministries raising money to open full-service center in Greencastle

August 01, 2008|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, PA. -- Pregnancy Ministries Inc. has operated a limited-service center in Greencastle for almost two years, but with more women coming to the organization for help, it is raising money to make Greencastle the home of its fourth full-service center.

Pregnancy Ministries needs to raise at least $35,000 to establish a permanent presence in southwestern Franklin County so women and girls in the Greencastle and Mercersburg areas can find the help they need closer to home.

The goal was to open a full-service center this fall, Executive Director Linda Barr said.

With a little more than $20,000 raised and only a few weeks until fall, Barr said the center might not open as soon as the organization had hoped, but it will open as soon as possible.

Tina Nunemaker, director of the Greencastle center, said the organization outgrew the one-day center not long after it opened.

Since November 2006, Nunemaker has offered the services of Pregnancy Ministries from a small office in the Franklin Building on Carlisle Street, which every Monday afternoon she transforms into the most welcoming atmosphere she can muster.

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But limited space means limited services, Nunemaker said.

"In Greencastle, all we can do right now is pregnancy tests or verification," she said. "If they need materials, want to participate in our prenatal module or get connected with a peer counselor, they have to go to Chambersburg or Waynesboro."

Nunemaker said many young mothers do not have a means of getting to the Waynesboro or Chambersburg centers, which is why the organization came to Greencastle in 2006.

Barr said many women from the Greencastle and Mercersburg area still visit the other centers, which are so busy that some no longer accept walk-ins.

The future center's Steering Committee is hosting an auction Sept. 20 at Greencastle Otterbein United Brethren in Christ Church, hoping raise an additional $10,000 toward the opening.

"It is exciting to see the support we have gotten from the community," Nunemaker said.

Barr said the organization welcomes any support the community can give.

Pregnancy Ministries is accepting monetary donations along with items such as baked goods, gifts, services and new merchandise for its auction.

Anyone interested in donating may call Mandy Stottlemyer of the Greencastle Steering Committee at 717-762-5899.

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