Morning Center Wins $50,000 Grant for Mobile Maternity Care Unit

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The Morning Center, a charitable maternity care project, has won a $50,000 grant in The Give competition through Cultivate Wines. The money will be put toward care for prenatal and delivery care for mothers, and toward a mobile maternity care unit.

Morning Center van

Projected Morning Center mobile maternity care unit

We are excited and energized after winning the first place prize of $50,000 from The Give competition, and we are moving forward with our plans to use it for launching this first mobile unit.

The Morning Center has received a boost in the form of a $50,000 grant won in a Cultivate Wines competition.

The grant will help the Morning Center in its plans to launch its first mobile maternity care unit in January 2013, the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The unit will provide free prenatal care, in addition to labor and delivery support, to pregnant women in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Morning Center was one of 30 charities selected to participate in The Give, a web-based charitable-causes competition that spanned six weeks from mid-September to the end of October. Each charity rallied its supporters to vote daily using Facebook. The results were announced November 1.

James Lansberry, director of the Morning Center, said that the money will go toward purchasing and equipping the ministry’s first mobile care unit, as well as paying hospital labor and delivery costs for the women the ministry serves.

The mobile maternity care units will carry everything needed to provide quality prenatal care, including portable ultrasound equipment. They will stop at churches and community centers that are easily accessible for women in poverty stricken neighborhoods. Evening and weekend hours will also improve access for women who might otherwise have difficulty getting to prenatal appointments.

The Morning Center’s ministry is especially needed in Memphis, which has the highest infant mortality rate in the nation. Other mobile units are planned for Charlotte, NC, and Indianapolis, IN.

“We are excited and energized after winning the first place prize of $50,000 from The Give competition, and we are moving forward with our plans to use it for launching this first mobile unit.” Lansberry said.

The Morning Center was founded in 2011 to provide free maternity care to women in urban and under-served areas. It is a project of Samaritan Ministries International], a 501(c)(3) Christian charity. The Morning Center seeks to return charitable maternity care to a private, patient-centered model.

Samaritan Ministries International seeks to help members of the Body of Christ carry out the Great Commission through ministries that enable Christians to better obey Jesus' commands by bearing the burden of each other's health care needs. This is currently done through the Christian Health Care Newsletter health care sharing ministry as well as the Morning Center.

For more information, contact James Lansberry, 877-764-2426, Ext. 186, jlansberry(at)smchcn(dot)net; or Mike Miller, 877-764-2426, Ext. 142, or 309-642-9529, mikemiller(at)smchcn(dot)net.

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