BY MELANIE BUCK –
Andy and Candace Riner, husband and wife team, served as guest speakers at the most recent meeting of the Mena Lioness Lions on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Candace is currently serving as Interim Director at Fresh Start Pregnancy Resource Center. She shared the programs and services they offer to the community, and how the faith-based organization is structured to meet the needs of the most critical cases.
Fresh Start is a 501 C-3 non-profit ministry that provides many services to moms, dads, and babies in Polk County. Those services include: pregnancy tests, education information on fetal development, information regarding options, risks and consequences of abortion, referrals to healthcare facilities, maternity homes, and other community resources, Family support mentoring, First Time Mom Program, Life Skills Classes, and Earn While You Learn Program.
The Mission of Fresh Start is to provide compassionate mentoring, practical help and accurate information to women and men facing unplanned pregnancies or past abortions; openly sharing the love, hope, and truth of Jesus Christ.
The Pregnancy Resource Center is easy to find right in the City Limits of Mena, at 1308 Hwy 71N, directly across the highway from Sun Country Inn in the Rock House. Fresh Start’s friendly, trained staff is available Monday – Wednesday from 9:30-5:30 and Thursday 1-5:30. You can reach them by calling 479-394-1186; email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org; check out their website: www.freshstartprc.com; or Like them on Facebook.
Andy is the Prosecuting Attorney for the 17th West Judicial District. He shared how his office works with other agencies in the county to find available resources to those who may be in many serious situations, including abusive instances. He also spoke of the vast amount of services that fall under the umbrella of the prosecutor’s office, including victim’s coordination and the hot check division.