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Gabriel Project opens site at Marshall

Apr. 19, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The Gabriel Project of West Virginia has opened a client services site at the Newman Center at Marshall University, 1609 5th Ave.

The Marshall University Gabriel Project will provide tangible baby items -- cribs, car seats, diapers, formula, clothing and baby wipes -- at no or low cost to pregnant students and to student families with children under the age of 2. The Marshall University Gabriel Project will also provide emotional support, answer questions about baby care and make referrals to other community organizations.

Assistance will primarily be provided by student volunteers.

The project funding was provided by the 1st and 10 Foundation, which was established by former Marshall and NFL quarterback Chad Pennington and his wife, Robin.

"There is a definite need for our services among Marshall's student families," said site coordinator Traci Ann Ferguson. "Students who are pregnant or who have young children are often struggling to provide for basic baby needs while at the same time continue their education and hold down one or more jobs. We can help with these basic baby items as well as offer emotional support, baby care information and assistance with community referrals."

The Gabriel Project of West Virginia is an independent ecumenical nonprofit organization serving West Virginia families in 27 counties throughout the state. It does not impose financial eligibility criteria on potential clients and services are provided without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability or national origin. Although the Gabriel Project primarily serves mothers and mothers-to-be, it also assist fathers and grandparents caring for their child or grandchild.

The organization does not offer pregnancy testing, crisis pregnancy services, counseling, housing or utility assistance, but can refer clients to other community resources for help with those needs.

The Marshall University Gabriel Project is now open by appointment as needed. For more information or to make a donation of baby items, call 304-525-4618. For more information about the organization, visit www.gabrielwv.org.