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New center lends hand to pregnant teens

Non-profit to provide testing, resources to families in Hutto area

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Posted: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 5:13 pm

A new community resource center opened this month in Hutto – the Helping Hands Pregnancy Resource Center. Formed by a group of concerned citizens around Williamson County, the new center is open to everyone.

“Anybody who walks through our door,” Executive Director Dena Ransom said. “There was a family in Hutto that felt Hutto needed its own pregnancy center, so they called me. A group of us came together and we’re making it happen.”

The non-profit center celebrated with an open house Thursday at the Hutto Executive Building along U.S. Highway 79. Its 10-member board has a applied for a 501(c)3 designation.

Helping Hands will provide services free of charge including pregnancy tests, classes and providing clothing and other material assistance.

“Everything we do is free,” Ransom said. “While someone outside who calls will be given information regarding their own community’s pregnancy center, they will serve anyone who walks through the door.”

The center’s outreach programs include PACE (Post Abortion Counseling & Education), a Bible study based and a mentoring program, and speakers who promote abstinence to schools, church groups and other organizations.

Funded solely through private donations from individuals, churches and organizations, Helping Hands will add to its programs as funding allows. Ransom hopes a sonogram machine will soon be in place to show clients “proof of life,” she said.

“Studies have shown that over 90 percent of women who see proof of life choose life,” Ransom said. “As our program grows, we’ll also provide Bible studies and parenting classes.”

Helping Hands has a diverse board, Ransom said, and the only requirement is that they are Pro-Life and a Christian.

Joy Porterfield joined the board along with her husband who serves as president of the board after getting involved with the pregnancy center in Leander.

“I think the main reason I got involved is because I’m pro-life,” Porterfield said. “I believe that a child’s life begins at conception. So definitely, the pregnancy resource center here in Hutto is a very big need in this area, and what it stands for as a resource from a biblical perspective makes it worth getting involved.”

The Helping Hands Pregnancy Resource Center is located at 201 US Hwy. 79, Suite 204. For more information, call (512) 642-3166 or visit www.hhprc.org.

“We just want to be here for the community of Hutto for families in need,” Ransom said, “because life is a good choice.”

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