PROBUS hears from care center director

6 years ago

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The Presque Isle PROBUS Club held their regular monthly meeting Thursday, Oct. 19, at Reed Commons on the Northern Maine Community College campus.

The meeting was called to order by President Tom Lunn. Dana Crory, program chairman, introduced the guest speaker, Christie Corey, executive director of the Pregnancy Care Center of Aroostook County.

Before joining PCC, Corey served as the program director for Survivor Intervention Services at the Loring Job Corps Center.

In The County, the Pregnancy Care Center has offices in Presque Isle, Houlton and Fort Kent. There are eight pregnancy care centers in Maine, but Presque Isle was the very first office to be established. The centers are nonprofit and non-denominational, and are available to all men and women.

The care center is an educational establishment whose main purpose is to educate their clients and help them make informed decisions about their future, and to provide emotional support at all times. The centers provide parenting classes, drug problem advice, prenatal care and any other support needed in these areas. There are no formal referrals required in order to obtain services.

Post-abortion counseling is available for those seeking healing.

PCC volunteers undergo a 25-hour training period. According to Corey, many of the comments the centers receive as feedback mention the caring and kindness shown by staff.

The Presque Isle office is located at 184 Academy St.  The Houlton office is on 56 Military St., and the Fort Kent office is on 272 W. Main St.

Janet Snow read an article from the Farmer’s Almanac written by Tom Clark. It gave a history of shoes and especially the many shoe superstitions that exist today.

Anyone interested in learning more about community businesses and leaders is welcome to attend PROBUS meetings, which are held the third Thursday of each month at NMCC in Presque Isle.