Pregnancy Center receives tax exempt status

By Chris Cooper -

Logan County’s Life Choice Pregnancy Center has taken its next baby step by earning its 501(c)3 status. This is great news for the intuitive. Benefits to an organization earning a tax-exempt status includes exemption from Federal income tax; tax-deductible contributions; possible exemption from state income, sales, and employment taxes; reduced postal rates; exemption from Federal unemployment tax; and tax-exempt financing.

There is still no definite date for opening the center, located on Third Street in Russellville, but the time is closer now that one of the hurdles has been cleared.

Life Choice Pregnancy Center will be based in Logan County, but will reach out to Simpson and Todd Counties as well, who also do not have pregnancy centers. The center will be a place for pregnant women who feel they have no where to turn. A non-denominational faith based place where they could go to receive help through counseling, pregnancy testing, ministry and adoption referral. A place where they would feel supported, not judged. A place where they could receive assistance before and after having their babies.

There is a board of directors, several committees, and long range plans drawn up to include a full-time director, volunteer base and the necessary equipment to help those in need. Fundraising projects have been completed and there are more to come. Community partners are being gathered, as well as support from business and industry.

Barry Raley, retired policeman and pastor at New Friendship Baptist Church in Auburn, began discussions about opening a center in Logan County at a ministerial meeting when it was brought to his attention there wasn’t one close by. Raley brought the idea to his congregation and from there it took off.

A clean-up day has been scheduled for anyone who would like to come out to the center and help tidy up. The doors will be open Friday, Aug. 12 from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 13 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

“If people can bring mops, brooms, rags and general stuff to clean with that would be great,” said Raley. “Also if people will go to our website and sign up to cleanup it would be helpful.” Go to and sign up for the dates that work best for you!

Please feel free to contact Raley with your questions at 270-799-6800 or email him at

By Chris Cooper

To contact Chris Cooper, email or call 270-726-8394.

To contact Chris Cooper, email or call 270-726-8394.

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