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Letter: Midlands Women's Center changes name, direction

Posted: October 10, 2018 4:03 p.m.
Updated: October 12, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Since 1984, the Midlands Women’s Center has been serving the needs of families in Kershaw County, most recently from a small office on Walnut Street in Camden. After several years of declining visits, the board of directors began a year-long evaluation to better understand the needs of those who find themselves pregnant and in need of help in Kershaw County. What they found were 20-year-old methods that no longer met the needs of a changing population.

On Jan. 1, 2018, and after prayerful consideration, the Midlands Women’s Center closed its office on Walnut Street. In its place, eight satellite locations opened across Kershaw County, offering an option for those in need to meet with a trained counselor in their own neighborhoods.

Craigan Blankenship, board chairman, said, “One of the challenges we heard from women needing help was that getting to the office in Camden was a challenge, especially to those that live in the North Central area. By offering options closer to home, women and families are more likely to sit down and talk to someone when they need help.”

As part of the restructuring, the board began searching for someone to shepherd the center through these changes. A mutual friend introduced the board to Kershaw resident Tiffany Williams. After hearing Tiffany’s own story of how her birth mother chose adoption over abortion and listening to Tiffany’s passion for women and families struggling with pregnancy, the board overwhelmingly voted to engage Tiffany Williams as the center’s newest executive director. To reflect the expanded scope of services and the increased coverage area, the board also voted to change the name of the organization to the “Wateree Pregnancy Network.”

Despite the name change, the mission remains the same -- to encourage, educate, support and empower moms and families in a safe environment while ministering to their physical, social and spiritual needs.

According to Williams, “The community’s response has been extremely positive. We just completed our first annual diaper drive this summer, and we’re excited that we’ll be able to meet the growing needs of families that struggle to find diapers and supplies for their newborns. Additionally, we’re excited about the volunteers that have gone through counselor training, and we’re looking forward to both the upcoming training for new volunteers and the addition of several new satellite locations in the near future.”

If you are interested in supporting the Wateree Pregnancy Network or would like additional information, please call (803) 432-7000, find us on Facebook, or visit the website at www.watereepregnancynetwork.com.

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