Marengo has a new and valuable resource for expectant women and young mothers regardless of their age, religion, race or marital status. The Momentum Women’s Center, located in the M.O.R.E. Building at 829 Greenlee Street, is for: Moving. Obstacles. Motivating. Empowering. Nurturing. Training. Understanding. Moms. Deacon Jack O’Leary, of Sacred Heart Parish, is the motivating force behind this endeavor, which has been in planning for many months, and began operating just before Christmas. Thirty volunteers are currently part of this new Center, whose motto is “Moving MOMS in the Right Direction.” They work to do this by providing teaching about pregnancy and fetal development; classes on child development, discipline, and basic life skills; maternity and baby supplies, diapers, formula and baby food; financial aid when available and necessary; adoption information and referrals to services within our community that provide food, shelter, and assistance. The Momentum Women’s Center is open every Friday from 2:00-7:00 p.m. Twice a month on Mondays from 1:30-4:00 they have a Mom’s Group for mothers of children up to pre-school age. All new mothers and expectant mothers are welcome by this non-denominational Christian organiza- tion. They will find support, friendship, information and material baby needs from a group of caring and knowledgeable volunteers. The Center is always looking for more volunteers, and always grateful for donations. For information about their services or their needs for donations, call 815-353-8592.

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