Local pregnancy center makes its new message about you: ‘We won’t judge’

Local pregnancy center makes its new message about you: ‘We won’t judge’

The Tri-Cities Pregnancy Network is rebranding itself in an effort to expand its services and clientele.

Earlier this month, it changed its name to You Medical.

“We want our clients to know that we’re here for them, for you,” executive director Andrea Riggs said.

Riggs started as a volunteer at the center four years ago, inspired to help others like her.

“I had my son, he’s now 23, when I was in high school,” she said. “When you have a child at a young age, yeah it’s hard. But I wouldn’t change it for anything.”

The name change aims to showcase a broader array of services.

“We’re really expanding just beyond pregnancy. We eventually want to expand beyond the Tri-Cities,” she said.

The plan includes fundraising in the fall for a mobile ultrasound clinic that can drive between the Tri-Cities, Connell, Othello, and Walla Walla.

“Travel beyond the walls of our center, and really reach women who are considering abortion, those that are in crisis,” Riggs explained.

You Medical is a Christian faith-based organization, against abortion. However, Riggs said the center strives to be all-inclusive.

“Even though we as staff and volunteers, we are all Christians, we serve all faiths, all beliefs, all lifestyles,” she said. “We will welcome them. We will show them Christ’s love.”

In addition to ultrasounds, the center has a closet of baby clothes and supplies available to clients. “Shoppers” can earn coupons for free items by participating in educational programs at the center.

You Medical’s transition away from the “Tri-Cities Pregnancy Network” is also aimed at emphasizing how pregnancy is not just an issue for women.

“We want to make sure dad’s involved,” Riggs said. “We want him to know he’s important.”

This effort includes a fatherhood program, helped by coordinator Brandon Gregory.

“There aren’t many men who want to come to a pregnancy center,” Gregory said. “I hope to see men in our community engaging more and more around the ideas of being a father, being a man, being sexually healthy.”

Over the next year, You Medical will also add testing services for sexually transmitted diseases, which would be accessible by more people, including the local LGBTQ community.

“It’s actually something that we’re going to be doing some training on,” Riggs explained. “On how to address that. Because it is a little bit outside of what we’re normally dealing with. Regardless, we will show them love and acceptance.”

You Medical plans to showcase some of its changes this Friday. It will host a ribbon cutting ceremony and public tour with the Chamber of Commerce at 11:30 a.m. in Kennewick at 5040 W Clearwater Avenue.