Local pregnancy resource center reopens for first time since Hurricane Michael
A local pregnancy care center is back open almost a year after Hurricane Michael.
The Sheltering Tree is a pregnancy care center in Panama City, but like many organizations, Hurricane Michael brought its services to the community to a screeching halt.
"All of our supplies were, that were in here, we tried to salvage as many as we could but we are kind of starting from scratch, so we were able to help some people just along the way but not like we can now," said Sheltering Tree Co-Director Amanda Coffman.
The Sheltering Tree works to give women in need a safe and confidential place to prepare for motherhood
"We have maternity clothes if you are pregnant, we have pregnancy tests if you would like to find out if you are pregnant, we offer bottles, wipes, diapers, formula, food, car seats, strollers, anything that a newborn baby or a toddler would need," Co-Director Pam Hill said.
But these supplies aren't the only resource they offer
"We are also here when they are sad, overwhelmed, need a momma just to love on them and hug on them. I've rocked many a girl in my arms before that are just overwhelmed by being a new mom so we are just here whenever they need us," said Coffman.
Hill added, "We don't require anything of the women, they just come in and we just want to love on them and we want to help them with their needs, as well as their spiritual needs."
After almost a year, the Sheltering Tree is now able to provide these services to the community once again
"It's been exciting, it's been just a privilege to open back up again and to serve the women and children that are in such need," said Hill.
Since opening, the Sheltering Tree has averaged five new moms walking in a day. It's open Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.