Crossroads opens Quincy office
The Christian-based, nonprofit organization Crossroads Pregnancy Resource Center has opened a satellite office in Quincy.
The decision was made to expand to Quincy because of the high pregnancy rate in the county, said Doris Rosenow, director of Crossroads’ Ephrata and Quincy offices.
In fact, the birth rate in Grant County in 2013 was 84 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 years old. That’s higher than the state rate of 63.6 births, according to the Washington State Department of Health.
Grant County also has the second highest teenage birth rate in the state. The rate of births to teenagers ages 15 to 19 years old is 63.3 babies per 1,000, compared to 24.9 per 1,000 in the state, according to the health department.
The pregnancy resource center helps first-time mothers learn how to take care of their babies “from the womb to the crib and beyond,” Rosenow said.
The pregnancy resource program has had several names in the past 30 years, but it consistently has had an office in Moses Lake during those three decades. The program finally was renamed Crossroads Pregnancy Resource Center in 2012, and the Ephrata program was added as a satellite office in 2013.
At 1309 Central Ave. S., the Quincy office was opened most recently on Nov. 1 across from the Quincy Community Health Center. The small but cozy office has two parenting rooms and an ultrasound room.
In the parenting rooms, mothers watch a series of DVDs, learning the basics of parenting from trained volunteers. The 10-week parenting program, called “Earn while you Learn,” awards points as participants go through the different topics. The points can be redeemed for such things as baby strollers, car seats, playpens and cribs.
Mothers who complete the program can come in monthly for 20 diapers and a package of wipes, or they can use the baby boutique in the Ephrata and Moses Lake offices.
Along with the parenting program, Crossroads offers pregnancy testing and support services. Rosenow also gives referrals to government assistance programs.
One of the main goals for next year is to get the portable ultrasound that will be used between the Ephrata and Quincy offices, Rosenow said. Registered nurses who volunteer for Crossroads will operate the ultrasounds, but no diagnostic imaging will be available because a doctor is not on site, she added.
Also in the coming year, Rosenow will be looking for more volunteers in the Quincy office. She was a volunteer when tapped to be its director in the two small communities.
“I like what it stands for and I like the idea of helping the girls,” Rosenow said.
But the main goal is to get the word out that Crossroads is available to women who are becoming first-time mothers, Rosenow said.
“To let them know help is available in a caring and confidential manner,” she added.
Crossroads is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in Quincy.
— By Jill FitzSimmons, firstname.lastname@example.org