(Taylorville)--The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their business meeting to review current Kiwanis Club activities for children and youth in the community at their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. The guest speaker was Cathy Coker with Loving Arms.
Coker opened up the conversation by stating Loving Arms’ mission: The mission of Loving Arms is sharing the love of Christ while promoting sexual integrity and bringing life-affirming services to those unprepared for pregnancy or hurt by abortion. The local center opened on Mother’s Day in 1999 and all services provided by Loving Arms are free of charge. Coker went on to explain that all the services fall into one of three categories: intervention, prevention, and recovery. Some of the intervention products and services include free on-site pregnancy tests, diapers, formula, and other baby items in the baby boutique. Prevention services include many classes and programs. Classes are held at the Jr. and Sr. High School level up to relationship classes and options counseling at the adult level; furthermore, classes and mentoring programs are provided for both moms and dads alike. Coker talked about an eight week class on recovery services that helps clients cope with past decisions and provide hope for the future. In closing, Coker talked about funding in that they receive no government funding and that the organization receives donations from churches, individuals, groups, and thousands of volunteer hours each year. Most importantly, loving arms is a place where you can find listening ears, compassionate hearts, and willing hands that support individuals and families through an unplanned pregnancy. For more information log onto lacpc.com or call 824-7200.
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.