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Features Cullowhee Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center closes

Closure due to decrease in funding

The new year brings new happenings with Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center (SMPCC). The organization opened its doors as a pregnancy resource center in 2001. In 2003, the Board of Directors began the process of converting the resource center into a medical clinic to provide free pregnancy tests and limited ultrasounds. It has been operating as a medical center since that time. In 2004, the board made the expansion to Cullowhee to serve the population that has the most abortions; college aged women and men. In addition to free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, SMPCC’s medical offices provide classes on various topics concerning pregnancy, childrearing, and life skills.

These classes also include sessions for those who have chosen the option of abortion in the past and are seeking healing.

Unfortunately, the funding for SMPCC has followed the road of many non-profit organizations in the last couple of years. Due to the decrease in funding, the Board of Directors has made the decision to close the Cullowhee campus of SMPCC. This is to be effective the first of February. Plans are being made to reopen the medical office in a different location as one becomes available in the Cullowhee area. The main campus of SMPCC will continue to operate daily in Franklin. The organization will continue to serve clients and patients in Jackson County as usual, however they will need to travel to Franklin for the services until a suitable location can be found. The Franklin office also serves women and men from the other surrounding counties, including Rabun County in Georgia.

As these decisions are made, we wish to thank those who have supported SMPCC over the years and pray that your support and prayers continue for those facing unplanned pregnancies. SMPCC is a 501 (c)(3) corporation and relies solely on donations from individuals, churches, and businesses. For further information, call 828-349-3200 or visit smpcc.org or smpccpartners. com.


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