Ce­cil County Preg­nancy Cen­ter adds lo­ca­tions

QUAL­ITY CLEAN­ING AF­FORD­ABLE PRIC­ING PER­SON­AL­IZED SER­VICE

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

ALEXAN­DRIA, VA.

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.

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