Cenla Pregnancy Center Celebrates Its Opening With Groundbreaking Ceremony

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By Personal Message

ALEXANDRIA — After years of prayer and preparation, central Louisiana’s first pregnancy care center is officially open.

Supporters gathered Monday, Dec. 4, for a ribbon cutting to mark the official opening of the Cenla Prenancy Center, located in the former Baptist Bookstore in Alexandria.

The facility will be open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will offer pregnancy decision support from trained advocates, free pregnancy tests, free ultrasounds, information about pregnancy options, motherhood and physical resources and post-decision support, including parenting education and abortion recovery groups.

Director Claire Lemoine marveled at the level of cooperation between different faiths and other members of the community to make this dream a reality.

“Our center is based on different denominations, Lemoine said. “So it’s not just a bunch of Catholics or just a bunch of Baptists. It is a multi-faith board of directors made up of workers and volunteers. It really shows the beauty of unity and how God calls us to be one. So we all work together because of our 100% pro-life belief and we seek this continued unity, despite our theological differences.

Brian Gunter, pastor of First Baptist Church, Pollock, called the opening of the center a dream come true.

“I am so grateful to God and our churches for how they were able to work together to save babies’ lives, he said. “This place will be a place where the lives of hundreds of babies will be saved year after year. I praise God for that.

A First Baptist, Pollock was instrumental early in the process, when they began praying in January 2014 for the establishment of a pregnancy care center in central Louisiana. Originally, they considered creating a center at the back of their church property.

However, God had other plans.

Hundreds of churches, business leaders and other life advocates in central Louisiana heard about the idea and began contributing money and other forms of support. In December 2016, a nine-person Board of Directors was formed, with membership consisting of members of Big Creek, Central Louisiana, and North Rapides Baptist Fellowships.

A lease on the land of 5,660 sq.ft. building at 1254 MacArthur Drive in Alexandria was signed on May 16, paving the way for the start of renovations inside the facility.


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