By JOHN FORTMEYER
LAFAYETTE — Thanks to a huge gift from a local couple, ground will be broken this summer for a new headquarters here for a 28-year-old pro-life ministry serving all of Yamhill County.
Pregnancy Counseling and Information Centers has always had its headquarters and ministry center in rent-free facilities at 101 S.E. Baker St. in McMinnville, and also a satellite counseling office in Newberg for more than a decade, but the McMinnville building has been sold and the lease expires next February.
“As we asked for prayer and guidance, we shared this need with supporters,” said Barbara Morley, the ministry’s longtime executive director. “We were approached by a man several months ago with an incredible offer. He would build us a new building, which we could help design, and he would build it and give us a 10-year free lease.”
That man was Don Leard, joined by wife Janice in making the offer.
But, Morley said, one unexpected part of the offer was that the building site, which the Leards owned, was in Lafayette, a small community several miles east of McMinnville on U.S. Highway 99W.
“We had not previously thought of opening an office in that location,” said Morley. “However, it is a community directly between the two main population centers of our county, Newberg and McMinn-ville. We decided that it would be an excellent location for our administrative offices, future ultrasound services, as well as serving clients in that area.”
The 2,244 square-foot building will include a reception area, two offices, two counseling rooms, a conference room, a “baby boutique,” and storage.
“It is breathtaking to watch God’s will unfold,” said Morley.
She said the ministry still intends to maintain a small counseling center of 600 to 1,000 square feet in McMinnville, in addition to the Newberg facility at 1548 E. First St., so is seeking a new McMinnville site.
“It can be a much smaller offer space because the Lafayette facility will provide much of the storage and meeting areas we need,” Morley said.
Those with ideas on a suitable McMinnville location for the ministry are invited to contact Morley at 503-434-4400 or email@example.com.