CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — In 2018, the Pregnancy Center of the Coastal Bend administered over 1,600 pregnancy tests. While not all of them were positive, Executive Director Jana Pinson said a majority of them had something in common.
"Most of them were crisis pregnancies that they just found out, they didn't know what to do," Pinson said.
Pinson said they serve a staggering amount of teens at their two locations in Corpus Christi and Portland.
"We have a lot of teenagers that come in and we're their mom for that day," Pinson said.
Unfortunately, many of the women that the Center helps do not have the support of family, friends or even the father. Pinson said this is where they step in to share love and information for the soon-to-be mothers.
"We're their cheerleaders and say 'You can do this,'" Pinson said.
With the help of a resale shop, the Center is able to do even more for mothers in the Coastal Bend.
"It's a great way to invest in their lives and walk alongside them," Pinson said.
The shop is called Hi Again and there thrifters, moms and dads can shop in a store filled with gently used clothes, furniture and baby items.
"This is my place. These are my people," Manager Amber Carson said.
Carson is no stranger to the struggles of being a teen mom. She became pregnant when she was 19 years old. The now mother-of-three said she had to leave college to work and support her son. Some time after this, she married her husband.
"I always told my husband, 'One day we're going to be able to do something with this, to help young moms and young couples,'" Carson said.
For Carson, the saying "it takes a village" stands true for raising a child.
"The hardest, most rewarding thing you could ever do," Carson said.
Luckily, she has her village in the form of co-workers at Hi Again. Every worker at the store is allowed to bring their baby or children to work. She said everyone supports each other, especially during the trials and tribulations of motherhood.
"It's incredible," Carson said. "It makes tough days worth it."
Pinson said the store offers more than gently-used items. They also provide jobs, support and love to moms who may have very little.
"There is hope and we have a judgement-free zone," Pinson said.
"We'll never meet every single mom, but we can love the ones we do meet," Carson added.