By Chu-Ling Yee
La Habra Journal
For the past 35 years, the La Habra Life Center has helped out women in need and their children. Now it’s time for the community to lend them a helping hand. The La Habra Life Center will host the Walk4Life, a 2k and 4k walk, on April 5 to raise funds to help pregnant women and their children.
Both walks will began at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, located at 900 W. La Habra Blvd. Anyone can join the walks, including children. Participants raise funds by asking others to donate money in exchange for them walking, but people do not have to fundraise in order to join the walkathons. They can support the organization by joining the walks. There is no registration fee. Free parking is also available at the church.
Anyone interested can register now or that morning. Registration and sign-in begins at 8 a.m., with the opening ceremony starting at 9 a.m. Those who have fundraised can drop off their donations during registration or when they sign in. The 2k will proceed after the ceremony.
For the 2k, participants will walk to the Children’s Museum at La Habra and back to the church. The 4k will take participants to the Children’s Museum, where they will make a right onto Lambert Road and another right onto Idaho Street, taking them back to the church.
There are no road closures. Participants will be walking on sidewalks. Mecki Grothues, director of the La Habra Life Center, stated that safety is a concern and they have crossing guards helping to ensure safety of all walkers.
Participants can stay after the walk and enjoy a $5 lunch. The center is also selling t-shirts.
The center hopes to raise $5,000. The proceeds will go towards the center, which provides free counseling and maternity clothes to expecting mothers, as well as baby/children supplies like clothes, diapers, car seats, formula, toys and books. The center, located at 579 W La Habra Blvd., is open to anyone.
Other free services offered by the center include self-administered pregnancy tests and doctor referrals. Women are also assisted with filling out governmental applications such as the food-supplemental program Women, infants and Children (WIC). Counselors are also available to women considering adoption or abortion. There is a back parking lot and many can enter through the back door for privacy.
“Everybody’s welcome, no matter the circumstances. You don’t have to pay. We have lots of resources for them,” Grothues said. All the counseling is confidential.
Some who come to the center may be experiencing relationship problems, and the center will help a woman get out of those abusive relationships. Grothues noted that she sees many young mothers being taken advantage of by their partners or family members. Some women are given public assistance and those resources can be taken advantage of by others.
Grothues wants to expand the center to be a medical clinic in the future and is planning to organize another walk next year.
Anyone interested in joining or wants to donate can contact the La Habra Life Center at (562) 691-9395 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.