Several hundred supporters of the Natchitoches Women’s Resource Center gathered at the Natchitoches Events Center for the Center’s annual Celebration of Life. The NSU Women’s Basketball Team manned the doors and helped serve dinners. The popular fundraiser, now in its 16th year, featured an enjoyable dinner, fellowship and a speech by pro-life figure Gianna Jessen.
Jessen was intended to die before she was born, just another one of the 1.2 million abortions each year in the United States. Instead of death, she overcame a bath of burning saline solution, to enter the world.
One of the WRC’s many volunteers, Sunny Arceneaux told the audience that the center is growing and has already surpassed last year’s activity in the first eight months of 2022.
Besides announcing Northwestern State University graduate Morgan LaCaze as the WRC’s new executive director, Sunny shared a remodeling project of a garage apartment that was transformed to provide classroom and storage space for the center. Phase 2 will see a new location for the Baby Boutique, which is currently housed inside the main office. This was made possible thanks to a memorial donation given to the WRC by the Long family in memory of Rose Long.
The Women’s Resource Center, an integral part of our community since 1989, serves 400 to 500 women each year. The center assists women from the moment they realize they are pregnant through their child’s first year. The expecting mothers receive prenatal vitamins, baby supplies such as car seats, diapers, baby clothes and other items. The center does more than help with baby supplies, however. The mothers are offered classes in parenting, healthy relationships, car seat installation, budgeting and much more. The WRC is there to assist with every aspect of a new mother’s life. Above all, the women know that they are not facing the situation alone. The volunteers of the Women’s Resource Center are there to help and support them.