Florala Sav-A-Life to open Monday

Published 12:05 am Friday, March 23, 2012


The Florala location of Sav-A-Life will open for clients on Monday.

Amy Davis, Covington County SAL executive director, made the announcement Thursday.

Sav-A-Life is a non-denominational Christian ministry that promotes a culture of life, health and morality. Locally, the ministry provides pregnancy testing, counseling and other services for expectant mothers.

The expansion of services was announced at the annual SAL banquet in September.

“I’ve been with (SAL) since 2008, and even before I came on board, there’s been an interest in trying to make a bigger impact in Florala, since there’s not a big client representation from the area,” Davis said. “We weren’t sure how to help. We serve all of Covington County, but there was a need there.”

Last year, a personal plea from Florala Mayor Robert Williamson put the project into the forefront, Davis said.

“He said Florala needed our services,” she said. “Since gas was so expensive, he said people wouldn’t make the drive to Andalusia for services, and we agreed.

“We got excited, because here was the opportunity we’d been waiting for to reach more people,” she said. “From there, pieces have fallen into place.”

Since then, city officials and SAL staff have worked to organize and establish an office, which will be located inside the old Florala City Middle School. Davis said clients will be seen every Monday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Davis said SAL staff will provide free pregnancy testing and verification; prenatal education and referrals for community services.

“We’ll also be able to provide baby supplies and maternity clothes,” she said. “Participants will also get to ‘earn while you learn,’ where they can earn ‘mommy money’ to buy diapers and wipes by attending educational classes.

“We’re so excited to be able to do this,” she said. “While right now, it’s only one day a week, we hope that within a few months the client base will increase so we can increase our time (in Florala.)”

An official open house is set for April 21 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m.