Samara’s Village celebrates one year of positive parenting support in Brunswick County

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BOILING SPRING LAKES — On Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, the board of directors and staff of Samara’s Village invited the community to join them to celebrate the organization’s one-year anniversary with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

This event marked the grand opening of the nonprofit’s first Counseling and Education Center in Brunswick County. The ceremony took place at 1450 Fifty Lakes Drive, Unit F, in Boiling Spring Lakes, on the corner of River Road and Fifty Lakes Drive.

Samara’s Village provides adolescent pregnancy and parenting support throughout Brunswick County, and it is the only charitable organization of its kind in the county. The need for support services was and is great, as Brunswick County has the highest teen pregnancy rates in the immediate tri-county area.

The organization’s vision is to positively affect the health and well-being of families in the community for many generations through a mission to educate, equip and empower pregnant and parenting teens and their families.

Members of Samara's Village Board and Staff celebrate their one year anniversary. (Courtesy: Katherine White)
The Board of Directors and Executive Director, Kathrine White, were joined by Miss Southport-Oak Island Whitney Walls and the Mayor of Boiling Springs Lakes Craig Castor as they celebrated their new counseling and educational support center in BSL. (Courtesy of Katherine White)

Executive Director, Kathrine White, elaborated on its mission.

“We exist to strengthen the family, and in turn, strengthen our county,” she said. “We take a holistic approach to providing support that focuses on the family unit, not just the young mother.”

Mrs. White went on to explain that having this Center allows Samara’s Village to expand programming beyond its current pregnancy health education, counseling, and home visit programs.

Pregnant and parenting teens are not a one-size-fits-all population. They have unique individual needs that extend beyond those directly pertaining to pregnancy and childbearing.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health, supporting this population “requires offering complex, integrative, and multi-dimensional services and referrals in a non-traditional setting (outside of schools).” Samara’s Village does just that, by extending unique support to young mothers and fathers and using contacts with other organizations and services within the community to ensure needs are met and progress towards becoming independent, self-sufficient members of society is obtained.

Samara’s Village has no paid employees and with a new space comes a greater need for support volunteers. If you have skills and talents in counseling, health/medical field, academics or life skills education, administration or you just simply care about the community, now is an excellent time to #BetheVillage and contribute to our community.

For more information about Samara’s Village, its programs, and opportunities available to serve/donate visit their website at http://samarasvillage.org. You may also follow Samara’s Village on its Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/samarasvillage/) or follow @SamarasVillage on social media.

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