The 20th annual Lifewalk Sept. 24 will raise much-needed money for the general operation of the Community Pregnancy Center of Mooresville, which is now in its 26th year.
The walk will begin at 9 a.m. at the center, in front of Southside Baptist Church, 525 S. Broad St. in downtown Mooresville.
The center is a faith-based Christian organization that provides services for any woman in the Mooresville area facing a crisis pregnancy. Jean Mims, 52, is one of the center's founders and now is its director. She lives off Brawley School Road in Mooresville and attends River's Edge Church in Davidson.
Mims and co-founder Brynne Beaver attended church at Mooresville's First Assembly of God in 1985, when each was inspired, through different life experiences, to start a crisis pregnancy center.
"The crisis pregnancy center is a very constructive way for the Christian community to provide for a client who is facing an unplanned pregnancy," said Mims.
The Mooresville CPC provides love, support, material items, guidance, direction and a support system to women facing unplanned pregnancy. The center offers free pregnancy tests, pregnancy verification, limited ultrasounds for early gestation and a program called HOPE (Help Our Parents Excel).
HOPE participants go to meetings and Bible studies and receive instruction on parenting skills, life skills and spiritual growth. Participating in HOPE allows them to earn "boutique bucks" so they can shop in the center's boutique, which is stocked with donated baby items and maternity clothes.
Last year, the center served 186 clients in the Mooresville area. Mims said the center gives clients hope by helping them realize that there are solutions, no matter the magnitude of their problem.
Mooresville CPC does not provide or refer clients for abortions. Mims said, however, that any client afraid of being judged will not find judgment at the center. Besides the services listed above, the center also can discuss the option of adoption with clients, and it provides a special Bible study for clients who have been through abortion.
Fundraisers such as the annual Lifewalk provide 75 percent of Mooresville CPC's support. The rest comes from church missions, local businesses and individuals that support the center monthly.
Mims said one of the center's goals for this year is to reach Mooresville youth with a message about the value and sanctity of life. As an abstinence-based center, Mooresville CPC wants young people to grasp the value of their sexuality.
"I feel it will empower them to care about who they are," said Mims.
Mooresville CPC is not governed by a single denomination and has a diverse group of board members. Mims said, however, that the center exists to share the love of Christ to those facing crises.