Pregnancy center expanding services

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Pregnancy center expanding services

Ready to serve New Hope Pregnancy Center Executive Director Vicki Shepard showcases one of the center’s exam rooms. The nonprofit will be expanding its services in the coming months. Casey S. Elliott photo

Dillon’s New Hope Pregnancy Support Center will have more options for area residents’ pregnancy counseling and evaluation needs in the next few months.

The center first opened in 2002, and will soon add medical services to its existing options. Those new services include on-site obstetric ultrasounds, pregnancy testing and free or low-cost sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing, Executive Director Vicki Shepard said. The center has volunteer staff that includes a medical doctor, two nurses, and two sonographers to provide services.

The center’s currently provides pregnancy counseling, peer mentoring and medical referrals. It also provides expectant mothers with prenatal vitamins. The center offers credits through education programs it holds, which can be redeemed for baby clothes and supplies. Staff will also give information on agencies to contact for adoptions, Shepard said.

“We do a lot of education on people’s choices and their support,” she said. “We recently became part of an educational online program that has over 150 different subjects about prenatal care, how to take care of the baby, all the way through parenting and financial care.”

New Hope is a faith-based nonprofit, which receives grant and private donations to operate, Shepard said. Large donors include the United Way of Beaverhead County and the Gianforte Family Foundation; The center also partners with Love INC of Dillon. Though the center is faith-based, it offers services to all who may need them.

“Our goal is in reaching the whole person and helping meet a lot of their needs during a challenging time,” she said, noting those facing unexpected pregnancies may not have a place to turn. “We want to be here for everybody, especially the needy people in our community,” she said. “We just want to help – that’s what we’re here for.”

Volunteers are still needed, including peer mentors and client advocates, general office assistants and custodians, and those who can assist with promotion, fundraising and event planning. Volunteer RNs, physicians, and medical technicians are also needed, Shepard said.

The center is located at 610 North Montana St., Suite 6, Dillon. For more information call 406-683-5259 or 406-865-0954 (if no one is in the office), email, or visit Hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. The office may be closed due to the new coronavirus, so calling or emailing first is recommended.