QUINCY (WGEM) – Options for Women has purchased a vacant movie theater at Northport Plaza in Hannibal which it plans to renovate and turn into a pregnancy resource center.
The Bowling Green-based Pregnancy Resource Center has been keen to expand into northern Missouri for some time.
Now that they’ve secured some of the fundraising funding, along with volunteers to help renovate the theater, they have the capacity to move the project forward.
Options for Women not only offers health care options like pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, but also parenting education for mothers and fathers.
They work to help people with planned and unplanned pregnancies get the resources they need.
Volunteer DeAnne Wickens says their Bowling Green facility has welcomed customers from across the region.
“From the experience of what we saw in numbers at Bowling Green. Hannibal and the surrounding area in northeast Missouri and sister cities in Illinois, the need is there, ”Wickens said.
Bowling Green is about half an hour from Hannibal and almost an hour from Quincy.
Wickens believes that when the Hannibal facility opens, it will be more convenient for customers and even be able to provide quick access to customers in southern Illinois.
These services include pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, referrals for medical help and temporary accommodation.
For now, they have yet to get the master plans approved by the City of Hannibal, and they expect the project to cost around $ 150,000, although that may change depending on materials and other circumstances. .
They hope to start construction in a few months and hope to complete by the end of 2023
If you would like to donate, you can go to www.supportlife573.com, they will also have fundraisers coming up in the coming months.
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