Cecil County Pregnancy Center adds locations
QUALITY CLEANING AFFORDABLE PRICING PERSONALIZED SERVICE
— The Cecil County Pregnancy Center will soon open two satellite offices — one this Friday in Rising Sun and another in July in North East.
These locations — at North East United Methodist Church on Main Street and Janes United Methodist Church on Walnut Street in Rising Sun — will offer most of what is made available free of charge to pregnant women, moms and dads at its Elkton headquarters.
“This will include information and training,” said the Rev. Daniel Mohler, executive director of the center based at 138 Cathedral St.
CECIL COUNTY Spence promoted to PenFed senior VP
— PenFed Credit Union is pleased to announce the promotion of Vice President and Associate General Counsel Stanley Spence to senior vice president.
In nearly 32 years with PenFed, Spence, a Cecil County native, has developed extensive experience with issues involving consumer credit, bankruptcy, collections, negotiable instruments, financial institution law, employment law, contracts and residential real estate law.
President and CEO of PenFed James Schenck said, “Stan is an institutional asset for us. He brings an impressive level of expertise and a deep understanding of the financial services industry and the regulatory guidelines to which we must adhere as a credit union.”
“Stan’s tenure with PenFed has been the epitome of commitment, dedication and professionalism. I’m proud
Even free pregnancy testing and ultrasounds can be obtained.
Cecil County Pregnancy Center is a Christian-based nonprofit that has been serving the Cecil County community since 1977. The organization provides such free and confidential services as pregnancy testing, peer counseling and parenting classes.
Mohler believes these satellite services may be the only pregnancy centers to be run out of a church.
“These are forward-thinking churches on the cutting edge,” he said. “These churches are to be commended.”
Mohler said the concept began with a conversation last year dur-
to see him advance and take on a greater depth and breadth of responsibility,” Schenck said.
Spence, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law, joined PenFed Credit Union in July 1984, and has been instrumental in its steady growth over the years. PenFed Executive Vice President and General Counsel Scott Lind said, “I consider myself fortunate to have Stan as my associate general counsel. He brings unmatched corporate knowledge and experience to the legal team. Promoting him was truly a sound investment in his future potential.”
Spence expressed his excitement about the advancement to senior vice president, saying, “I am extremely grateful and thrilled to be selected for promotion. I look forward to continuing to work with all of the outstanding volunteers, management and staff of PenFed in our mission of serving the distinguished members of the credit union.” ing North East United Methodist Church’s Share Your Care event.
“I was talking with Pastor Bert Jicha and asked him if he’d be interested in having a center at the church one day a week,” Mohler said.
He had a similar conversation with the Rev. Drew Christian, pastor of Janes UMC.
“It’s been our desire to have services available across the county,” Mohler said.
At the Elkton office, the doors are only open three days per week, and the operation is run mostly by a dedicated band of volunteers.
“It takes a lot of work and we have a lot of volunteers,” said Lorraine Fortune, patient services manager.
The Rising Sun office will operate every Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Janes UMC. Starting July 7, the center will operate out of North East UMC, also from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In Elkton, the hours will remain Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“We prefer appointments,” Fortune said, but added drop-in visitors would not be turned away.
“Everything we do is free,” she added. “We rely on the support of the community who recognizes the vital importance of supporting and educating young mothers.”
Parents who participate in the training classes earn “Baby Bucks” that can be spent on such items as cribs, strollers, clothing and other essentials.
“They earn double Baby Bucks when the dad comes,” Fortune said.
This is not the first time the center has attempted to expand. A Rising Sun location was opened in 2012, but only lasted a few years because of the cost of renting and operating the Ryan Drive site. With the support of the churches, Mohler is confident these satellite offices will thrive.
Those interested in volunteering, fundraising on the center’s behalf, or who may need the services provided by the Cecil County Pregnancy Center can call 410398-7888.