Cradle of Hope expands hours beginning Aug. 7
Beginning Aug. 7, Cradle of Hope Pregnancy Resource Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Thursday on the second floor of SunnyBrook Living Care Center
Cradle of Hope is based in Mt. Pleasant, the vision of director Peggy Knudsen. Founded in 2007, her vision was to “Make a Difference, One Woman, One Baby at a Time.”
Services include: free pregnancy tests; an Earn While You Learn Program, which includes prenatal, parenting and life skills classes for both the expectant mother and father; free breastfeeding classes, counseling, post abortion counseling and mentoring.
The Earn While You Learn Program allows clients to earn “Mommy Money” for the classes they take with Cradle, turning in homework for those classes and for any prenatal medical care they receive during their pregnancy. A new daddy program is offered for young men, also. Personalized lesson plans are created for each client. Most classes are one-on-one to best meet the needs of each of expectant parent.
Women do not have to be a first-time parent to use the services; women of all ages and at all stages of parenting are welcome. The key focus is young first-time mothers, but no woman in need is turned away.
“So, many of the young people who walk through our doors are not just coming to us because of an unplanned pregnancies, most are very broken from the life they have led and are in need of encouragement and empowerment to know that they have value in this world; that they are valuable to God and that he has a purpose for their lives,’ said Doni Townsend, assistant director of the Cradle of Hope Pregnancy Resource Center. “Cradle’s mission is to minister to these young mothers and fathers so that they realize their value and are able to give their unborn babies the best start in life they can possibly get.”
Cradle of Hope is offering services in Washington and Fort Madison, also.