June 28, 2014
Raffa Clinic to open baby boutique
By Joseph Hamrick Herald-Banner Staff The Herald-Banner
Sat Jun 28, 2014, 01:31 AM CDT GREENVILLE — The Raffa Clinic in Greenville is making an addition that Director Threesa Sadler said will help save the clinic money and offer more convenience to the clinic’s patrons. By the end of the summer, Sadler said she expects construction to be completed on a new baby boutique which will be housed inside the Greenville location on 2612 Jordan Street. The clinic currently has a secondary location in Commerce at 2104 D Monroe Street.
The boutique will only be open to the families the clinic serves. The Raffa Clinic is a non-profit pregnancy and parenting center whose goal is to teach a healthy view of sexuality by providing practical and emotional support and education to help members of Hunt County embrace healthy lifestyles. According to Sadler, the parents will be able to purchase the clothes through vouchers they receive by going through one of the many free prenatal and parenting classes the clinic provides.
According to the organization’s Facebook Page, the new boutique is a “thank you” to parents who chose to go along with their pregnancy. “Some of you may already know that we see a lot of women and men who are currently expecting a baby, and have chosen life for their child, in our Pregnancy 101 and 201 classes,” the message stated. “We want to help them and encourage them in any way we can.” The average income of a patient who comes to the clinic is under $15,000. Sadler said by having the patients earning credits by attending the prenatal and parenting classes, it gives the patients a chance to not only learn how to be good parents, but also provides them with necessary supplies for their child.
Sadler said the design of the boutique is being spearheaded by volunteer Jamie Denton, who has a history of working in high-end boutiques. With Denton’s expertise in elaborate boutiques, Sadler said this gives the clinic a way to make the patients feel appreciated. “This would be a great way to honor them and make them feel appreciated,” she said. “The whole purpose is to love on them.” Giving parents who come from a low income background the experience of shopping at a high-end boutique for their children, on top of the classes they offer, is a way for the clinic to encourage the parents in choosing to go ahead with a pregnancy. “We see so many moms coming in scared and not knowing what to do,” she said. “We see it as a good way to reach out to them. They’re learning how to be good moms and dads.”
Since it is a non-profit organization, the clinic relies on donations from businesses and organizations, individuals and churches to keep the free services provided. Sadler is looking for hands to help paint the boutique and to help keep the boutique open throughout the year. Clothes from birth to size 4T and baby accessories new or gently-used are being sought by Sadler. Because of liability issues, the clinic cannot accept or distribute cribs or car seats. Donations can be made at the Greenville and Commerce locations between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
For more information on the clinic, or to volunteer or make a donation, visit friendsofraffa.org or call 903-454-9751. –