NEW PORT RICHEY — Pregnancy is a beautiful thing. But if it’s unintended or unplanned, the mother needs support and guidance to help her along. For 27 years the West Pasco Pregnancy Center has offered help to mothers who need it.
Nearly 350 people attended the recent annual banquet, “The Gift of You,” to raise donations for the nonprofit center’s many programs. The center received about $44,000.
James Steffens from the Pasco Sheriff’s Office shared a touching story about his birth mother and his adoption.
Steffens, who spent nearly two years as New Port Richey police chief before being hired as the chief forensic investigator for the sheriff’s office, spoke about how he wanted to use his life experiences to help others in the community that are going through the same hard times that his mother did.
The center provides several services which focus on education, counseling, and bible study. They also provide free ultrasounds.
Cindy Partazana, the CEO of the center, said that the support and services offered are all about helping women through their unplanned pregnancy, and helping them learn about their options. It’s all about “client education and community betterment,” she said.
The event also had a religious aspect, with Partazana doing a ministry appeal, as well as leading all attendees in a prayer.
Marion Bartlett, a volunteer at the center, first became involved in the cause six years ago when she was invited to the banquet.
“It helps young women with their family and helps them make smart decisions.” Bartlett said.
Mary Keane attended the banquet because she supported the center and believed in their incentives to help families. “It saves lives.” Keane said. “It helps young women who are struggling and have no other place to go.”
The center hopes to add transitional housing.
The West Pasco Pregnancy Center is at 5330 George St., New Port Richey. The phone number is (727) 846-9999.