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Teri in her new job at the Pregnancy Center is in the news!

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Pregnancy Center offers supplies, support
By Larry Eskridge
September 12. 2013 1:02PM

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From left, Candy Fountain and Teri Williams look over the new sonogram room at the Spoon River Pregnancy Center in Canton, one of the many free services offered by the center.

“Real empowerment comes through finding the resources and strength to make informed decisions.”

This statement is at the heart of the Spoon River Pregnancy Resource Center, located in Suite 1, 1055 W. Locust St., Canton (the former Mid-Century building).

And, as new director Teri Williams emphasized, all the services are free.

The center offers pregnancy tests, diapers, baby clothing, food and formula and baby supplies at no charge. And, as of this past Monday, the center also offers free sonograms once during the first trimester, with the center working on a referral list of doctors after that.

Candy Fountain, who, according to Williams, is responsible for getting the service running, said the center had to get qualified volunteers for the program, including two Registered Nurses. There are also two technicians, one of who is coming in on her day off from Graham Hospital, and a nurse manager. In addition, Dr. Jason Lowe is donating his services to act as medical director.

Fountain said she also had to work with OSHA doing medical and safety inspections. So far, OSHA has made three visits to the center, all of which were successful Fountain said.

The sonogram itself was donated by the Women’s Pregnancy Center in Peoria about two and a half years ago, while the table was donated by Methodist Medical.
The Peoria center also helps provide the Canton facility with what Williams called “a vast array of knowledge.”

Williams herself worked at the Peoria center for 13 years as an abstinence educator. She started at the Canton center on Sept. 1.

But the Spoon River Pregnancy Resource Center, which is a member of Care Net, a national organization for pregnancy centers, offers more than free sonograms. Along with the supplies, the center provides a number of educational opportunities, including prenatal and parenting classes. These classes have also been approved by the state as meeting the requirements for court-ordered education needed for parents involved in custody situations. Williams noted many men are taking advantage of these classes to meet those requirements.

The center’s educational opportunities are not limited to regular clients. Williams has already been approached by Canton High School to provide instruction on healthy dating. The center also offers a monthly “Girls Nite In” session for young women in junior high to college, dealing with issues such as drugs, body image, relationships and anxiety.

Williams pointed out the center receives no government funding whatsoever. All money is provided by donations from individuals and churches, and two fundraisers are planned this year.

The center, which is open three days a week, has about 10 clients a week, but Williams said she would like to see more taking advantage of what the center has to offer.

“We have so much good product here I would love to give away,” Williams said. “It’s hard to see it sit there when I know someone can use it.”

But the center offers more than just material support and education.

“We walk alongside of these girls dealing with an unplanned situation,” Williams said. “We offer emotional support.”

The Spoon River Pregnancy Resource Center is open from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. For an appointment, call 647-4102. Walk-ins are also welcome. For more information, check out the website at

Author: Bill Pence

I’m Bill Pence – married to my best friend Tammy, a graduate of Covenant Seminary, St. Louis Cardinals fan, formerly a manager at a Fortune 50 organization, and in leadership at my local church. I am a life-long learner and have a passion to help people develop, and to use their strengths to their fullest potential. I am an INTJ on Myers-Briggs, 3 on the Enneagram, my top five Strengthsfinder themes are: Belief, Responsibility, Learner, Harmony, and Achiever, and my two StandOut strength roles are Creator and Equalizer. My favorite book is the Bible, with Romans my favorite book of the Bible, and Colossians 3:23 and 2 Corinthians 5:21 being my favorite verses. Some of my other favorite books are The Holiness of God and Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul, and Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper. I enjoy music in a variety of genres, including modern hymns, Christian hip-hop and classic rock. My book Called to Lead: Living and Leading for Jesus in the Workplace and Tammy’s book Study, Savor and Share Scripture: Becoming What We Behold are available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.

One thought on “Teri in her new job at the Pregnancy Center is in the news!

  1. That seems like such a long time ago! So many changes in the past 5 years. The Lord has truly blessed Spoon River Pregnancy Center. Thankful to have been a part of this work!

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