MOSES LAKE — The Crossroads Pregnancy Center will sponsor its fundraising banquet Oct. 19 at 6 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m., in the ATEC building at the Big Bend Community College campus.
Christy Youngers of Crossroads said the banquet is the organization’s primary fundraiser in Moses Lake. Donations are accepted during the dinner.
Traditionally the banquet has a guest speaker, and for 2019 it’s Dr. Anthony Levatino. Levatino’s story is part of the 2019 movie “Unplanned.”
Levatino is an obstetrician who changed the scope of his practice. “He kind of had an experience that changed his path,” Youngers said.
Crossroads provides a number of services for women, both women who are pregnant and those who might be pregnant. All services are free.
The organization offers pregnancy tests, including “limited obstetric ultrasound,” Youngers said. Parenting classes are provided for first-time moms and dads; the classes also are available online. The classes include information on labor and delivery.
There are separate services for dads, and support services for moms who need extra support, whether or not it’s their first child. There are classes and support for parents of toddlers, that time when the child is past the infant stage but the parents are still in need of extra support, Youngers said. The organization offers “dating and relationship guidance.”
Crossroads also offers support for women with postpartum depression, and support for women post-abortion. Referrals are provided for medical care and housing. Some information on adoption referrals is available.
There are classes in infant CPR and first aid. Crossroads also provides baby clothes and diapers for parents in need, with sizes from newborn to 2-toddler, Youngers said. Parents also have the option to earn one large item of baby furniture.
As a Christian organization “we can pray with (expectant mothers) if they would like prayer,” Youngers said.
The Crossroads office in Moses Lake is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The organization’s Ephrata office is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.
Crossroads isn’t selling tickets to the banquet, but people who plan to attend are asked to RSVP. People can register by calling the Crossroads office, 509-765-4425 during business hours.
Cheryl Schweizer can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.