On September 20, 2019 Save the Storks awarded the Coastal Pregnancy Care Center in Morehead City, N.C. a $65,000 grant.
The grant will go towards up-fitting a new building the pregnancy resource center (PRC) hopes to move into this year.
Executive Director of Coastal Care Christine Moody said, “This is the first installment of our new building. Our forever location.”
The idea of a forever location has been on Moody’s mind ever since Hurricane Florence hit the coast of North Carolina in 2018.
Reports show Florence was the ninth most destructive storm in U.S. history. This slow moving hurricane sat over the southeast for over two-weeks, causing massive flooding and over $24 billion in damages.
Moody’s clinic was no exception. The hurricane caused water and mold damage to the PRC beyond repair.
But she didn’t lose hope.
“My focus was to make sure the services were still available to the community,” she said.
Undaunted, she and her staff spent six weeks looking for a new location. They found office space in a strip mall. But Moody knew it was only a temporary fix.
“I kept asking, ‘Where does the Lord want us to be?’” she said.
Then, one day, on her way into work she drove down 35th street in Morehead City. She saw an office building for sale. She remembered thinking how perfect it would be for the PRC, especially because it has a space in the back to park their Stork Bus when it arrives in November.
A few weeks later she ran into a friend from the community. Her friend told her she had an idea.
“You should buy the building on 35th street,” she told Moody.
Moody was floored, she wasn’t the only one with that idea. Shortly after, the PRC put in an offer on the building.
“This would be a big deal for Carteret County,” Moody explained.
Carteret County, where Morehead City is located, is 60 miles long. Currently, there is only one OBGYN for the entire county.
“With a Stork Bus and a new location we’ll be able to be the first stop in the county for pregnancy testing and ultrasounds,” Moody said.
Coastal Care’s Stork Bus, Debby Lyn, arrives in November and they hope to close on the new building this year.