Pregnancy center set for largest fundraiser
by Lindsay Field
April 26, 2013 12:54 AM | 3521 views | 5 5 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Jennifer Riapos, a Cobb Pregnancy Center intern from Kennesaw State University, counts baby bottles for a prospective client. <br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Jennifer Riapos, a Cobb Pregnancy Center intern from Kennesaw State University, counts baby bottles for a prospective client.
Staff/Kelly J. Huff

A local nonprofit that offers free services for women and families is hosting its largest fundraiser ever this Saturday night.

The Cobb Pregnancy Resource Center in Kennesaw is having a barbecue fundraiser, “Family Fun Night,” at Elizabeth Baptist Church in Marietta starting at 6 p.m. It will feature live music, a black light puppet show for children and dinner.

The center, off Cherokee Street, was opened nearly four years ago by Donette Lawson, and depends solely on donations and volunteers from the community.

“I actually helped to start one in Texas when we lived there and worked there for 10 years,” Lawson said. “When my husband was transferred here, I noticed that there wasn’t one in the Kennesaw area, so I started this one.”

It offers a number of free services to clients, including pregnancy testing; parenting information and classes; infant care classes; life skills programs that help mothers learn to budget, write resumes or interview for jobs; free diapers once a month; and other maternity or baby needs.

“We kind of see where the girl is coming from and see what her needs are,” Lawson said. “We don’t want to just put a Band-Aid on her situation. We want to get her out of that situation and get her on the right track.”

They also offer support groups for people who were raped or physically abused, are single mothers, or anyone who had a miscarriage or is struggling with any post-abortion problems.

Their clientele includes people from all socioeconomic backgrounds and age ranges and are typically referred through schools, churches or other agencies. They also accept walk-ins and appointments.

“Our youngest client has been 13 and our oldest has been 53,” Lawson said. “It’s open to anyone who needs help or needs the classes.”

Kathy Sears, who has served on the seven-member board of directors for almost three years, said she joined the efforts because she has a heart for places like the center that reach out to women in hard places.

“The center serves in that capacity in a wonderful way,” she said. “It’s non-judgmental, helps to guide them and helps with short and long term needs.”

She encourages residents to come check out the center during business hours, see what they offer to the community and get a tour.

“We are always looking for people to come in and learn more about what’s done here,” she said.

In its continued efforts to raise money through the community, a second fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, May 3, at the Creekside Golf Course in Hiram.

The golf tournament will be free to pastors and their teams of four or $110 per individual and $400 per team.

Lawson said lunch will be provided and prizes for a hole-in-one, whoever hits the ball closest to the pin or the longest drive will be awarded.

Participants for the barbecue and golf tournament are asked to RSVP by calling Lawson at 770-712-9773 or 770-485-2689.

Anyone also wanting to make a donation or volunteer at the center can call Lawson or visit the center’s website at


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Susan M
April 26, 2013
The center is a Christ centered organization that does promote abstinence. It also provides information on all their options such as parenting, adoption, and abortion if they are pregnant. While never telling the client what she should do they want her to be educated. They also help her set goals for herself and help her to achieve them so she can have a better life. The center is a great place for women of all ages.
tired of it
April 26, 2013
Why dont you teach abstinence, if these girls/women didnt have sex in the first place they wouldnt need your services. with the exception of the rape victims these women have no excuses. they made their bed why should the hard working people of the county bail them out. I would bet that most of them are on welfare, don't work and have more than just one kid. Post abortion those women murdered their own children and you help them? they should learn to keep their legs together!!!!!!!!!
Jennifer R.
April 26, 2013
@tired of it I invite you to visit the center, you would be suprised to see how inaccurate your depiction of our clients really is, and I can assure you abstinence is encouraged. Please don't turn a positive into a negative, especially if you haven't had the opportunity to see for yourself the great work we do.
Karen Rose S.
April 26, 2013
Not everyone using the center was a victim of rape or got pregnant as a teen. The last time I checked, women who waited for "Mr. Right" have miscarriages or other unfortunate circumstances when it comes to childbirth as well and they too can benefit from a place like this. I don't advocate for teen pregnancy or passing out condoms to young people, but I'd much rather them go to place like this than to dump their newborn in a trashcan.
April 26, 2013
The pregnancy center does promote abstinence. They also provide life skill classes that helps clients get off of government programs, and get jobs. There are also several clients who have been raped and sexually abused that go through counseling at the pregnancy center. The post abortion support groups are extremely important to those who have had abortions. Most women who have an abortion do not realize the suffering and loss that they go through until they have already had the abortion. Anyone can take a tour and find out more!
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