The Women’s Resource Center will host "Walks for Life” on May 3 and 4 at six locations -- North Platte, Arnold, Dunning, Gothenburg, Hershey and Stapleton.The walk will be on Saturday, May 3 in North Platte, starting at the Women's Resource Center in the northeast corner of Parkade Plaza.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. Walkers will take a two-mile walk through historic downtown, around the Lincoln County Courthouse, and along Jeffers Street.
Walkers will join the Women’s Resource Center efforts to impact the community. The WRC provides free limited medical, educational, and support services to young women facing unplanned pregnancies. Services include: free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, life skills training, parenting classes and free material needs for babies.
The WRC is a non-profit, 501(c)3 pregnancy care center.
“Currently, about half (51%) of the 6.6 million pregnancies in the United States each year are unintended," said Amy Woods, Executive Director of the WRC. "Events such as the ‘Walk for Life’ will help us get the word out and let people know that we're here to help."
Funds raised through the walk help the WRC provide programs and support services free of charge to people who are in need of assistance.
The Women’s Resource Center started in 1972 as a 24-hour hotline called Birthline. Birthline became a pregnancy care center in 1989 and later was named the Women’s Resource Center. Currently at 316 E. Front St. in North Platte, the WRC serves Lincoln County and the surrounding communities.
Since the start of the Women’s Resource Center, the Center has had 12,247 client visits. The free services include:
- Self-administered pregnancy tests
- Limited Obstetrical Ultrasounds
- Options peer counseling
- Information about pregnancy and prenatal development
- Referrals for adoption, pre-natal care, and other community services
- Parenting classes with material assistance
- Post Abortion Healing
- 24 hour toll-free Helpline
The Resource Center is run by a board of directors and operated by a staff and volunteer base of more than 19 men and women who carry out the day-to-day responsibilities of the clinic.
The WRC receives no state or government funds and is dependent on businesses, churches and individuals in in the community for its annual operating needs.