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By Emily Banks Wooten
G.R.A.C.E. Pregnancy Outreach has an immediate need for a volunteer receptionist. Tasks will include greeting clients, answering the phone, data entry, social media posting and scheduling appointments.
“We are looking for an individual who has a heart for parents in need of our services. It must be someone dependable, trustworthy and trainable,” Executive Director Misty Nettles said. Applications may be picked up at 414 S. Washington in Livingston.
G.R.A.C.E. Pregnancy Outreach offers prenatal care, education, community referrals, peer counseling and materials assistance to Polk and 18 other surrounding counties and all the services are free. The program operates out of its location at 414 S. Washington in Livingston.
Pregnancy tests, Medicaid referrals and limited ultrasounds are offered. Additionally, referrals for housing, job searches, childcare and food are also offered. The group works closely with Oasis Resale Shop and Habitat for Humanity Resale Shop to provide needed items for the clients.
“We know this is a low socioeconomic area but we want our moms and our dads to have an abundant life,” Nettles said, adding that the program is a non-profit and relies heavily on donations.
G.R.A.C.E. Pregnancy Outreach is a big proponent of education. A variety of classes are offered including prenatal, childbirth, parenting, breastfeeding, newborn care, postpartum and much more. Also offered is a program called “Earn While You Learn,” which allows clients to accumulate points through the classes and then spend the points on baby and maternity items. Series of classes are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Also on staff are a client service coordinator, a social worker and two lactation consultants who are also certified childcare consultants.
“We get a lot of girls that are scared to death and don’t know what to do so they come to us because everything we do is confidential,” Nettles said, adding, “We’ve really been able to see some beautiful transformations.”
The phone number is 936-327-8440 and the Facebook page is G.R.A.C.E. Pregnancy Outreach Inc.