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Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center hosting open house Thursday

Katie Grobe, executive director of the Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center, right, and volunteer Bethany Longwell spell out the organization's initials with the interlocking, multicolored, soft floor tiles within the children's play section of their office at 25 W. Victory Way. YVPC will host an open house for those interested in learning more about the organization at 6 p.m. Thursday.

— Whether you might need a little help before or after you visit the delivery room, the Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center can be there for you.

The Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center will host an open house event at 6 p.m. Thursday at its new office space at 25 W. Victory Way. The purpose is to provide anyone interested with more details about the types of services offered there, Executive Director Katie Grobe said.

"We'll have lots of information available," she said. "It's a good way for us to reach out to the community."

YVPC is a nonprofit organization started in 1984 devoted to ensuring that unborn and newly born residents of Northwest Colorado get the best care possible.

Grobe described the Pregnancy Center's mission statement thusly: "To meet, through peer advising, material provision, education and reconciliation, the emotional, physical, spiritual and social needs of women, men and their families facing pregnancy and related issues."

"We're not a medical care provider, which is how some people might think of us. We're an assistance organization," Grobe said.

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YVPC assists community members by providing numerous resources for expectant parents, ranging from pregnancy tests to an array of every kind of supplies those with an infant or toddler might need, including diapers, bottles, toys, furniture and many other items. Additionally, a program known as Earn While You Learn allows people to take classes in child care and accumulate credits to purchase their own materials if they're so inclined.

Grobe, who has been the executive director of YVPC for nearly four years and was volunteering well before that, said that during the course of 2013, YVPC helped 75 families, saw 167 visits for practical assistance and supplies and offered 133 parenting classes.

One misconception she feels is present in the community is that there are income requirements to get assistance from the Pregnancy Center.

"A lot of people think they make too much money, but we will help anybody who comes to us," she said.

No matter how well off a parent is financially, they should not feel stigmatized to reach out for some baby supplies or extra information on how to take care of the infant in their life.

"Anyone is welcome," Grobe said.

Grobe added that the open house is both for people looking to partake in YVPC's services or to volunteer themselves.

Volunteer Bethany Longwell does everything from assist in teaching classes to manning the office, which recently moved to a downtown location on Victory Way. With her own parents involved with YVPC when she was younger, she feels continuing that tradition is a worthy way to spend her time.

"It's necessary to have an organization like this to help the people who wouldn't get help otherwise," she said. "It's really taught me to have an appreciation for what other people are going through and to maybe understand better how I can better serve them."

Longwell said she's grown relationships with the people who use YVPC's services, as well as taken in a lot of information from working with Grobe.

"It's been a huge blessing to work under Katie, and I've been able to have some really good experiences there," she said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.

If you go

What: Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center open house

When: 6 p.m. Feb. 27

Where: 25 W. Victory Way

Come visit the group’s new office space. For more information about YVPC, call 970-824-5204 or visit http://www.facebook.com/yampavalleypc.