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2016-12-15

Hill Country Pregnancy Care Center celebrates 30 years of service

Special to the Courier

2017 will mark the 30th Anniversary of the Hill Country Pregnancy Care Center’s service to this community. It will be a year of many exciting activities and celebrations.
The HCPCC is a multi-denominational, faith based ministry that provides free, confidential and immediate services to women and men. 30 years ago HCPCC began with volunteers from 5 area churches joining together to provide lay counseling for women experiencing unexpected pregnancies. Today the Center has a 15 member Board of Directors and a 20 member Advisory Council representing 25 local churches of all denominations.
The Center now has a local physician as Medical Director and provides pregnancy tests, first trimester sonograms, 12 months of vitamins, prenatal and childbirth classes, parenting classes, STD testing and treatment, material assistance, post abortion Bible study, and men’s ministry. The HCPCC also has a Hispanic Program Director on staff so that all services are available in Spanish.
Recently the HCPCC has expanded its programs, its Boerne facility, and its locations (Bulverde/Spring Branch and Comfort have offices now). The Boerne facility was built in 2009 and already the number of services provided and the number of people being served has grown dramatically. This year alone there was a 34% increase in overall services, a 43% increase in parenting classes, and HCPCC is now the primary treatment facility in Kendall County for STDs/STIs. And approximately 3,000 students in Boerne, Bandera, Comfort and Bulverde/Spring Branch receive an educational presentation by HCPCC.
The 30 Anniversary Year will start off with an Open House and Dedication of the expansion of the Fabra St. facility. This new area will provide a large classroom for the families who attend the monthly group parenting classes and for the childbirth classes. There will be additional rooms for more individual prenatal and parenting classes, lay counseling, and STD testing/treatment. A larger sonogram room will allow for the many partners and families who often join the pregnant mom in viewing their baby’s first sonogram.
The year’s celebrations will also include a youth event, a TopGolf Event in April, a ladies luncheon, an event for our Spanish Language Community, and the Shop and Save Event in October. This year’s Annual Gala in September will feature a special presentation by the President of Care Net, Roland Warren, and the return of comedian Mike Williams. There will also be a recognition luncheon for local pastors with comedian Mike Williams and CareNet President Roland Warren specifically addressing their contributions as church leaders.
Anyone interested in receiving more information, becoming a volunteer, or financially supporting this local non-profit is encouraged to visit the website at www.lifesprecious.org or call 830-249-9717.