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If you are a single young woman or a single young man and are sexually active or thinking about becoming sexually active, The New Beginning Pregnancy Center wants you to know know that what today decides what tomorrow will look like.

Or maybe you've thought about becoming sexually active before marriage -- perhaps you've already been down that road.

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"We have what we call a Mommy Money program," King said. Young parents, and parents-to-be are welcome to check out books, pamphlets and videos from the NBPC's library. After reading or watching the materials they can fill out the study sheets. "Each sheet is assigned a monetary value and they can use this "mommy money" to purchase items from the Pregnancy Center's store."

Your risk of getting pregnant or getting someone else pregnant increases every time have sex. And once it happens, your life isn't about you or your dreams anymore; your life is about being a parent, according to a New Beginnings pamphlet.

The abstinence-based Christian pro-life resource center is staffed with trained volunteers who will help you face your unplanned pregnancy if you ask. They will provide information, love and understanding in a completely confidential environment.

Director Sharon King said the counselors at New Beginnings discuss with new clients about the risks of sex above and beyond pregnancy.

"If they are single we talk to them about abstinence because of all the diseases that are out there that they can get," said King.

They also give pregnancy tests.

"Even if they are negative we still keep in touch with them," King said. "We want to build a rapport with them so that they will feel comfortable coming in here and having somebody to talk to, depend on and relate to."

King said if the pregnancy test is positive, the young person needs to make decisions whether they are going to keep the baby or adopt it out, and if they decide to keep it, she encourages parenting classes.

"We don't do adoptions but we do refer out. We also do post-abortion counseling," King said.

Counselor Wanda Teske said that in her experience teens usually hear about the program when they get scared and confide in a friend. Typically parents are the last to know, but there are times when the parent initiates the visit.

New Beginnings runs totally on local donations of money, time and goods.

For more information about abstinence or pregnancy, making a donation or becoming a volunteer or counselor, contact the New Beginnings at (928) 474-7466. New Beginnings has recently relocated to 701 S. Ponderosa St., Suite A, in Payson. They are open from noon to 4 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and by appointment. Spanish speaking counselors are also available.

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