Options moves closer to opening Paragould Center

From left are Erin Duncan, RN Nurse Manager for Options on Main and Jennifer Wooldridge, Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. Behind is an ultrasound machine of the type provided by Operation Preborn for the Paragould facility, planned to open this coming January.

Work has started on a Paragould facility for Jonesboro-based Options on Main.

According to information made available by Options Executive Director Valerie Long, renovation on the proposed site for the pregnancy help center, at 322 S. 12th St., began on Sept. 1

“We are trusting the community of Paragould will rally behind this work and see its value as a much needed service,” Long said in a prepared statement. “We see numerous clients from Greene County in our Jonesboro location but there are many who may not even realize we are here. That’s why it is so important to have a location in Greene County that can service not only Paragould but surrounding rural communities as well.”

Long noted that the effort by Options to establish a pregnancy help center in Paragould had begun in June 2019. However, the COVID-19 public health emergency derailed fundraising events like the Celebrate Life Fundraising banquet event planned for May 2020.

Therefore, Long noted, Options sent a grant application to Operation Preborn for a new ultrasound machine for the planned facility, and explained to Operation Preborn the need for the device in Paragould.

“Options on Main in Jonesboro has since received the new ultrasound machine,” she said, “and are putting ‘feet to their faith’ by starting renovations. We are trusting the community of Paragould will rally behind this work and see its value as a much needed service.”

Long said Options on Main is an established medical pregnancy center complete with experienced client advocate volunteers, part-time staff members, a Medical Director, a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer as well as Registered Nursing professionals.

“The ethics and integrity of Options are top priority as the center operates with transparency and accountability,” she said, “under the leadership of a seasoned board of directors.”

What began in 1980 as the Pregnancy Problem Center in Jonesboro is now Options on Main. All services at Options are free and confidential to women and men who may be facing a crisis pregnancy.

Those services include free pregnancy testing and limited ultrasounds to confirm a viable pregnancy, parenting classes, post-abortive support groups, and options counseling, Long said. Options can also offer infant and maternal items as they are made available through donors in the community. Options also has an extensive list of referrals and looks forward to adding to that list through partnerships with other service providers in the Greene County area.

“We realize the importance of co-laboring with others as this helps to extend the arm of service,” Long said. “This can include referrals for adoption services, medical services, affordable housing, women’s shelters, and food pantries.”

Options is a faith-based, pro-life non-profit facility.

“We want our clients to be able to make an informed choice concerning their pregnancy,” Long said, “and do so by equipping them with the information they need to make an educated decision. We are here for them, no matter what.”

The organization receives no government funding but relies upon monthly giving from churches, businesses, and donors to operate.

“We are hoping to open the doors of Options in Paragould sometime in January 2021,” Long said. Those desiring more information may call (870) 932-6644 to speak with Long.

Options maintains a Facebook page and an Instagram account, as well as a website at www.optionsonmain.com

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