Richmond Outreach Center: Ministries Remain Invaluable Even as Teen Pregnancies Decline

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Despite a decreasing teen pregnancy rate, the services of Richmond Outreach Center's ministries are in high demand. Pastor Geronimo Aguilar reinforces the importance of these ministries.

A recent report, released by the California Department of Public Health, indicates that teen pregnancy rates are dropping. This same report has been echoed in other parts of the country as national conversations about contraception and sexual education increase. Despite the falling number of teenage mothers, Richmond Outreach Center's ministry serving pregnant teens is still in high demand.

Part of this demand for Richmond Outreach Center's services stems from a slash in the budgets of similar organizations. For example, the aforementioned report states, "With the elimination of state funding, the only programs the center [a local center in California] now offers for teen pregnancy prevention focus on stopping second pregnancies."

This depletion of resources remains a dangerous issue for teenage mothers, who, despite decreasing rates of teenage parenthood, need support, education, and guidance while preparing for, having, and raising their children. Fortunately for individuals living in Richmond, Virginia, the Richmond Outreach Center's ministry program provides the resources teen mothers need to make a successful start to their new journey.

Pastor Geronimo Aguilar, who founded the Richmond Outreach Center, is passionate about helping those in need. Creating a ministry to serve expecting teenage mothers came about naturally, as these individuals need all the help they can find in preparing new lives for themselves and their children. The House of Life is the ministry that the Richmond Outreach Center has created.

"The House of Life is a residential discipleship home for unwed, expecting teenagers and women with little or no family support to help them through their pregnancy," commented Pastor Geronimo Aguilar.

The House of Life is located on 15 acres. Designed as a refuge, this ministry provides a tranquil environment in which expecting teenagers can learn how to care for their children while building a strong relationship with Christ. The Richmond Outreach Center provides expert prenatal care through the Virginia Women's Center at St. Mary's Hospital. Additionally, the girls living at the ministry are provided with transportation to and from regular doctor's appointments.

In addition to physical needs, the House of Life provides for spiritual, emotional, and educational needs. This ministry holds daily devotionals and exercise activities, as well as seminary classes, GED courses, adoption counseling, parenting classes, and sessions that teach cooking and nutrition.

"The House of Life is dedicated to helping expecting mothers who would otherwise be homeless or forced to abort their child," stated Pastor Geronimo Aguilar. The Pastor believes that, with the right support and education, these young women can create successful, happy lives for their new families.

For more information about the House of Life, including details about current openings, contact the Richmond Outreach Center Office.

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An independent, non-denominational church, Richmond Outreach Center is located in Richmond, Virginia. With over 170 ministries, which provide services to members and nonmembers alike, Richmond Outreach Center has made a significant impact on the communities it affects. Called "The Roc" by members, Richmond Outreach Center provides fellowship, worship, Bible study, and more. Founded in 2001 by Pastor Geronimo Aguilar, Richmond Outreach Center continues to improve local communities while helping members build their relationships with Christ.

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