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New Life Pregnancy Center offers hope

By: Amanda Calzada, Placer Herald Corrspondent
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When Kathy Peterson and Barbara Schauer were representing the New Life Pregnancy Center at an event in Auburn, the last person they expected to meet was a 10-year-old. “Would you like to see my 10 year-old?” asked a woman as she approached the women. The woman went on to explain she had visited the center’s offices 10 years before with the idea of terminating an unwanted pregnancy. Through guidance from staff at the center, she decided to continue with the pregnancy. Established in Auburn as a not-for-profit organization, the center is now headquartered on Rocklin Road – across the street from Sierra College. And they continue to provide a variety of services to couples ranging from financial assistance to a fraternity for fathers-to-be to spiritual guidance. As far as the spiritual counseling, Schauer stressed, “we’re not going to be hitting them over the head with a Bible. God softens the heart and opens the door for the truth about Him. When people want to know the truth, we are happy to share it.” Services are offered to residents throughout Placer County. Not only do they help young adults, but also clients who are married and some in their 50s who are experiencing post-abortion syndrome. “There are so many resources provided and the environment is very helpful, informative, and friendly,” said a Sierra College student who asked not to be identified. Peterson believes that women and men need to understand the development of their unborn child before they make a decision about an unplanned pregnancy. The information provided at the center includes education on embryonic developmental, which they say counters the myth that “it’s just a blob of tissue.” They also offer pregnancy tests, a limited number of ultrasounds and referrals for STD testing and adoption agencies. Expectant parents can earn “Baby Bucks” to shop in the center’s store by attending educational seminars on pregnancy and parenting. All items in the baby store have been donated. Recently, the center received an RV, which they have dubbed “Center on Wheels.” The vehicle serves as a classroom on wheels for visits to local high schools. Since all services are provided free of charge, the center depends on donations as well as fundraisers. They’re hosting a Walk for Life from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Auburn Recreation Park, 123 Recreation Drive. Participants are being asked to join the celebration of life by walking the recently-made pathway around the park. The path is wide enough for strollers and wheelchairs as well as large numbers of walkers. There is no cost to participate, however, participants are being asked to collect pledges. T-shirts will be provided to anyone obtaining pledges of $150 or more. The family event includes a barbecue dinner, face painting, bounce house and live music. New Life Pregnancy Center’s Walk for Life raises money and awareness for the work the center does throughout Placer County. For more details or to register, visit newlifesierra.com or call (916) 624-8990. ________ Know and Go Walk for Life When: 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1 Where: Auburn Recreation Park, 123 Recreation Drive. What: Walk to celebrate life as well as raise funds and awareness for center. Bounce house, face painting, live music, barbecue. For more information or to register, visit newlifesierra.com or call (916) 624-8990.