By Lisa Britton
For the Baker City Herald
The Rachel Center is celebrating its 20th year in style with newly decorated rooms thanks the generosity of local citizens and churches.
The center is located at 2192 Court Ave.
An open house is planned for Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The community is invited.
This open house is being held in place of the center's annual fundraising fall banquet. A donation jar will be out during the Saturday event.
The Rachel Center was founded to offer help for those facing a crisis pregnancy.
Today services include counseling; clothing for girls, boys and maternity and diapers and formula. (These are available to all caregivers of young children.)
Director Alberta Darlington said she recently began offering post-abortion counseling as well.
In the last nine months, the center has purchased 164 boxes of diapers and 85 cans of formula for a total cost of $4,361.
The number of client visits per month varies between 129 to 140.
The center is nondenominational, and relies on donations.
The various rooms are now decorated to each one's use - the kids room has colorful paintings on the walls and ceiling and a soft puzzle mat on the floor, while the room for parenting classes is decorated in subdued, calming colors.
The laundry room was gutted and redesigned to accommodate the washer and dryer, and the sewing room now has a sweet painting on the wall.
Both clothing rooms were redecorated, as well as the bathroom.
"And we never saw the bills," Darlington said.
Future plans include remodeling the back room to add cupboards, storage and a kitchen area.
"If we get that done, we can have classes for canning and cooking," Darlington said.
This year the Rachel Center will again have a Christmas event in the building formerly occupied by Blockbuster.
This annual tradition finds the building filled with toys, clothing and furniture. Those who need a little help putting gifts under the Christmas tree are welcome to come "shop."
But that event depends on donations (especially children's toys) and volunteers.
"We are always so short on people to help us," Darlington said.
For more information, stop by the center or call 541-523-5357.