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
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
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
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
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.