The Turning Point Pregnancy Center banquet was held at the Goose Pond Civic Center on Thursday, Oct. 29.
The guest speaker was comedian and author, Mike Williams, who returned this year for another successful event.
Turning Point Pregnancy Center in Scottsboro is dedicated to educating, enabling and empowering women mentally, emotionally and spiritually while seeking to save the mother and child from the effects of abortion.
By offering non-judgmental counseling, material assistance and education before, during and after pregnancy, the center has helped dozens of women and children since opening its doors in 2009.
Rebecca Wells, director, has been with the center since its beginning planning stages in 2006.
“I felt that God was calling me to work with women due to the things I’ve been through,” she says. “I can connect with the women who come in on some level because I’m adopted, my parents are divorced and my husband and I lost two sons in early pregnancy. I can relate to the clients through miscarriage or death of a child. My daughter, Anna, is a visual answer to prayer, and so I know the joy of giving birth and being a mother.
“To know me is to know that I love missions and this organization,” she continues. “Everyone who works here has a similar story to mine or feels the call to this ministry.”
The center offers help for single or married women and girls on a non-biased and confidential basis.
Among its many services are free pregnancy tests, ultrasound, counseling, prenatal and parenting classes, a baby boutique, post abortion recovery sessions and abstinence education.
“We have a wonderful program called, ‘Earn while you Learn,’” Wells says. “It lasts for the duration of the pregnancy and through the use of DVDs and reading materials, clients learn about parenting, breast feeding, labor and delivery, money management and basic care, as well as many other useful topics.
“With each lesson completed, clients earn points that can be ‘spent’ in our baby boutique to purchase clothing, diapers, car seats and other necessities. By the time the baby is born, the new mom will have the things she needs to take care of the baby.”
Counseling at the center is conducted in a loving, supportive manner.
“At the first visit,” Wells says, “they experience the love of Christ. We look for ways to lead in with the Holy Spirit for what we say and how we say it.
“You can’t be fake,” she says. “You have to be real and loving.”
“We are supported through our underwriters, individual churches and other organizations,” Wells says. “We also have a yearly banquet and a 5K and one-mile ‘fun run,’ that benefit the center.
“People in the community and surrounding churches donate items for the baby boutique and we even have some wonderful volunteers who clean for us, or pray for us.”
Presently, the center is open Monday and Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. No appointment is necessary.