Sycamore House will celebrate its 25th anniversary on March 7, 8 dinners


Champaign County’s Sycamore House Pregnancy and Family Life Center will celebrate its 25th anniversary, March 7-8, with two fundraising dinners in support of the organization’s ongoing mission.

Reservations for dinners, at the River of Life Christian Center, 775 Washington Ave., Urbana, are being accepted through March 4 at 937-508-1691. Doors will open both evenings at 6 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Keynote speakers will be Mandy Litzke, founder of Safe Harbor Orphan Care Ministries, on March 7, and Brian Coleman, pastor of Faith Tabernacle Church of Urbana, on March 8. The theme for the dinners is Be the Light in the Darkness, based on John 1:3-5.

The Sycamore House, at 315 Sycamore St., Urbana, opened on March 4, 1997 as a faith-based, nonprofit organization that offers hope, love, and education to women and men facing decisions about their children in be born. Services include:

Pregnancy tips

Courses on prenatal care, parenting, life skills and child development

A store that provides baby furniture, baby and maternity clothes, food/formula, diapers and hygiene items (customers who complete classes earn “baby bucks” for items of the shop)

Post-abortion support

Free self-administered pregnancy tests

Male mentorship and hands-on fatherhood education

A teen abstinence program

Services are provided free of charge regardless of income.

The founding council of Sycamore House included Susan Dietz, John Woodburn, Bea Sanders and Joyce Wilkerson. Deb Evilsizor Cannon was hired as the first director of the pregnancy center.

Sarah Metherd, the current executive director of Sycamore House, said the organization’s mission remains the same, but added: “We have grown a lot. We now offer nearly 300 different life skills courses for mothers and fathers, including parenting courses, fatherhood courses, prenatal care courses, budgeting, car seat safety , to name a few.

Other additions to the center include counseling for women grieving a miscarriage, support for grandparents and other people with parental responsibilities, and a babysitting room for clients’ children. who take courses.

In addition to financial support, Metherd said Sycamore House needs:

More volunteers, including peer counselors who can take classes with clients and serve as mentors

A male mentor to support men taking fatherhood classes, as well as someone to lead the fatherhood program

· A place for group sessions. The current Sycamore House facility lacks room for this. Metherd explains, “Our clients do so much better when they have the companionship of others close to their age who are going through the same life experiences as them. »

· More partnerships with churches, to help support the mission

· Additional space for an ultrasound machine

To learn more about Sycamore House, visit sycamorehouseprc.org.

Champaign County’s Sycamore House Pregnancy and Family Life Center will celebrate its 25th anniversary, March 7-8, with two fundraising dinners in support of the organization’s ongoing mission.

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