Women’s group trying to expand to Vail Valley
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado ” A women’s support center in Summit County is trying to spread the word around Colorado’s Vail Valley that it has free services available to women who need them.
The Women’s Resource Center of the Rockies, a nonprofit that gives women with unwanted pregnancies free support and advice, opened last May and has helped five women through tough times, said its founder Lisa Souba.
Souba is meeting with several Eagle County churches next week in hopes of getting more women from Eagle County to seek services from the center. She has also contacted the Vail Valley Medical Center and Colorado Mountain Medical to try to get doctors to refer patients, she said.
The center helps women make decisions about unwanted pregnancies, mainly by giving women support during hard times, Souba said. The center’s staff provides information about different options, from becoming a single parent to giving a baby up for adoption to abortion.
The center doesn’t support abortion, but Souba said the center gives women information about the emotional and psychological risks of abortion.
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If that’s the path a woman chooses, the center has a post-abortion support group that meets twice a year for 10 weeks at a time.
Souba, who has had two abortions, said she felt a lot of regret and didn’t have anyone to turn to after she made the decision to have an abortion. She saw a need in the mountains for women to help other women through these situations.
“It’s a pretty scary, lonely time,” she said. “I have had this overwhelming desire to help women in need.”
The center also provides free pregnancy tests, a post-miscarriage support group that meets the last Friday of every month, and support that includes anything from accompanying women to doctor’s appointments to being in the delivery room during birth.
“We just want to make sure women feel supported and not alone,” she said.
Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or email@example.com
Women’s Resource Center of the Rockies
350 Lake Dillon Drive, Dillon