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HEALTH & FITNESS: HEALTH CARE

Crisis pregnancy center finds new location By Dessislava Yankova Sumner County Publications

The new Cumberland Crisis Pregnancy Center feels less like an office and more like a home to staff and clients. The CCPC held an open house in April of 2011 to celebrate its move to 2229 Nashville Pike in Gallatin inside a twice as big building with expanded amenities needed for the center’s growing visitors’ base at a strategic location, officials say. “The main reason why we decided to move here is because this building creates a more home-like, comfortable and peaceful environment,” CCPC Director of Development Jana Allen said. “Our clients are already in very difficult circumstances, and for them to come to a home rather than an office space

makes them feel more welcomed, cared for and loved, and that’s very important to us.” Founded in 1986, the nonprofit organization’s five full-time and two part-time employees and six volunteers provide care and confidential services to women and families experiencing crisis pregnancy. Services include pregnancy tests, maternal support, prenatal and parenting classes and post-abortion recovery among other counseling. Officials also teach abstinence classes in middle and high school mostly in Sumner but also in Macon, Trousdale and some of Davidson County. All services are free of charge, officials said. The expansion was needed to accommodate the center’s growing number of customers. “Over the last five years,

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we have seen a 33 percent increase in the number of clients we have served and a 54 percent increase in the number of client visits,” Allen said.” In 2010, we served 894 clients. Everything is totally renovated and suited for our needs.”

New site includes 11 acres The new property includes a little more than 11 acres of land, the original early 1900s home, and several later-added building, all of which have been upgraded from the foundation. A major addition at the new facility is a designated room for prenatal and parenting classes that seats up to 35 people. The lack of space in the old location required classes to meet in the hallway. In addition to increasing

the counseling rooms from two to four and creating more play area for mothers with children, the new center now also has a big, dedicated room that serves as storage for maternal clothing for expecting mothers in need. A similar room now also offers twice as much space for free baby clothes and dippers. Five times larger, the new waiting area features a warm, cozy setting in front of a big, stone fireplace. The move from the previous leased site to the current purchase became possible through an estate gift from late CCPC founding member Dr. David Stewart of Gallatin. Officials bought the property a year ago and completed the six-month renovation in December of 2010.

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2011 Sumner County Factbook  

The Sumner County Factbook provides information about Sumner County's people, places, government and resources. It is published annually.

2011 Sumner County Factbook  

The Sumner County Factbook provides information about Sumner County's people, places, government and resources. It is published annually.

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