This baby girl, Amber Keesaman, is one of many babies helped by the Lake Area Pregnancy Help Center.

(photo by Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church)

Lake Area Pregnancy Help Center (PHC) client Julia Keesaman, left, receives baby shower gifts with PHC Executive Director Teresa Faber Monday, June 1 at the PHC in Camdenton.

(photo by Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church)

by Janet Dabbs
The Lake Area Pregnancy Help Center (PHC) has been helping women and babies in the tri-county area 31 years. A recent move to a larger facility has enabled them to help even more families.

The PHC recently moved to the former Central Ozarks Medical Clinic at 948 E. Highway 54 in Camdenton.

“The move was very much needed,” Lake Area Pregnancy Help Center Executive Director Teresa Faber said. “We were running out of room and, since we moved, we have doubled the number of girls we have helped!”

The professional building, at 3,600 square feet, is ideal for multiple uses and confidentiality, with a back parking lot for women who prefer privacy. The former medical building has been remodeled to fit the unique needs of the PHC, with a reception area, three offices, a waiting area, classrooms, intake rooms, an ultrasound room, and a kitchen.

The PHC Mission
The PHC will continue their “Christ-centered mission to protect the unborn and serve the related needs of their family in the tri-county area” of Camden, Miller, and Morgan counties.

“We assist girls in crisis by giving them a listening ear and by meeting their emotional, spiritual, and material needs,” Faber said. “Some of the young girls who walk in our door have no idea of what they are going to do next.

Many have no family, no boyfriend, and no emotional support. They just need someone to listen to them, to stand by them, and show them a way to be able to parent or give their child up for adoption. They sorely need a loving support system.”

The PHC provides support to their clients through free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds; confidential counseling; an “Earn While You Learn” Program in which clients earn “mommy and daddy bucks” they can spend at the PHC to purchase maternity clothing and baby items; and Bright Course classes about prenatal health, parenting, sexually transmitted diseases, life skills, Bible study, abstinence, birth spacing, and more.

An A2A Program also allows clients to earn gasoline vouchers to assist them in going to classes and doctor’s appointments, as well as emergency rent and utility assistance.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, clients were unable to go into the center for their classes. With a new Bright Course curriculum, they received their lessons via email or text. Then they completed and discussed their lessons via Facetime.

“We have tripled the number of girls taking classes,” Faber said. “The Bright Course curriculum adds to our expenses, so our goal is to have 10 churches give $89 a year, to cover the costs.”

The Team
The center is administered by Faber and assistant director Maryetta Dennis, who is also the financial administrator. The rest of the mission is carried out by volunteers.

“Smiling volunteers are always welcome,” Faber said. “Just come on in and we will find a place just right for you.” The PHC is governed by nine active volunteer board members, from many different walks of life, who bring a variety of abilities to the table.

The PHC is financed by annual fundraisers and monthly donations from churches, individuals, organizations, and businesses. For more information, visit the website: Pregnancyhelpcenters.com.

Open House
“We planned to have an open house when we moved into our new building, but we had to cancel due to COVID-19,” Faber said. The PHC Open House has been rescheduled Saturday, Oct.17.

The center’s hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The PHC helpline is available 24/7 at 573-346-3337.