Bridgeville Events
Thursday, January 13th, 2000
Club hears from project it supports
By Bill McCauley
The Bridgeville Kiwanis Club held its annual kick-off dinner meeting Monday, Jan. 3, at Union United Methodist fellowship hall, Bridgeville. Lou Reeves, president of the Sussex Pregnancy Center, Georgetown, spoke about the center's progress and about its new building in Georgetown.
"It's quite an organization," he said. "The environment is so pleasant. Counselors have the opportunity to go into a room and talk one-on-one with a girl."
The Kiwanis Club supports the center with financial donations. "If it wasn't for the support of churches and support of civic organizations like Kiwanis we'd be hard pressed to do what we do," Reeves said.
Reeves, who makes his home in Clarksville in southwestern Sussex County, recently took early retirement after 25 years with Bell Atlantic. His public service includes a five-year stint on the Indian River School Board.
He said that upon retirement, he asked himself, "How can Lou Reeves make himself useful to other people?"
His appearance before the group to explain the work and needs of the pregnancy center indicated that he had found his answer.
Through a kind of true and false quiz, Reeves presented members with the following pieces of information: 97 percent of all abortions are for the convenience of the mother; a baby is fully developed between 10 to 12 weeks after conception; 1 percent of women assisted by Sussex Pregnancy Care Center will place their children up for adoption; abortions have declined since 1994.
Reeves stated that in the sight of God, life at any level is sacred and that at the moment of conception the embryo has the potential of development.
He said the center is a religious entity focused on Christ. Board members, employees and volunteers have to agree with that.
Reeves stated the use of the Pregnancy Care Center has steadily grown over the past 15 years and has "exploded" over the past two to three years.
Last year, the number of clients increased 33 percent.
Reeves said he and the other directors are in the process of putting together a public relations program.
He said the center's approach is not one of, "You can't do this." Instead, he said, workers try to inspire their clients. Prospective mothers and mothers can earn points by attending baby-rearing and Bible classes.
With the points they can buy items for the nursery from a store run by the center called the Robin's Nest.
Reeves stated that the center operates on a $200,000 a year budget. That is in addition to the cost of the new building, which is being met through pledges.
The new building has space to hold meetings, something impossible in the old building.
Paid staff consists of a director and secretary along with a part-time director of activities.
The center also plans to acquire a development director responsible for securing grants and fund-raising.
There are 215 volunteers who process donated clothing.
"Going into the Robin's Nest is almost like going into a department store," said Reeves.
Dinner for the Kiwanis Club meeting was prepared by Christine Davis with the assistance of Polly Mervine and Jean Hinkley.
Servers were Hilda Donnelly, Mary Lankford and Jane Clifton.