LifeChoices has been in Joplin for the last 25 years, offering confidential services for women and men with everything from ultrasounds to pregnancy and STI testing, to offering a help line. The goal is to help individuals make pro life decisions while giving them all the facts and resources they need.
On Tuesday a new facility was opened in Carthage.
"Being able to offer our services so that they're confidential, they're compassionate, and they're reaching out with a lot of concern is really important to get that trust factor and being invited by the Carthage community so that their students and their citizens would also have access to those services has been really important," says LifeChoices Director Karolyn Schrage.
Five years ago LifeChoices opened the clinic 4 U Testing, located at Clinic University Plaza 3929 E. 7th St. Suite F in Joplin.
The new facility in Carthage has two patient rooms, an intake room as well as a large room for parenting classes, and is located at 2337 Fairlawn Drive.
"It's easy for us to get into our car and drive to Joplin, it's pretty close, but if you don't have a car or you're not 16 or you can't find access it's hard, so if we can put a clinic in Carthage, all people from eastern Jasper County can access it," says Carthage resident Lora Phelps. "We're talking about Sarcoxie, Avilla, maybe even Lamar or even a little bit farther out, so hopefully all of those people can access the clinic a little bit easier."
Being a non-profit means LifeChoices depends on donations. They have a donor leaf wall to show how many individuals from Jasper County have helped make this dream of a new clinic a reality.
"The kids of today are worth that kind of investment and we want to leave a legacy for the next generation to really raise up healthy kids that are making healthy choices," says Schrage.
The ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening for the Carthage clinic will be July 9.