A ribbon cutting was recently held to celebrate the opening of two new Infant Crisis Services branches, one at INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center, 4200 S. Douglas Ave., Oklahoma City. The other is at Variety Care Family Health, N.W. 10th and Tulsa streets, also in Oklahoma City.

Infant Crisis Center was started as a church Sunday school project in 1984 and now is at 42nd Street and Lincoln Boulevard.

“Last year we served 12,000 babies,” Public Relations Coordinator Amy Spielberger said. “We should be able to reach 2,000 more with the opening of the two branches.”

The center provides formula, food and diapers for children in a crisis situation. Parents may use the service up to four times during the children’s lifetime from birth up to 48 months, Spielberger said.

It doesn’t matter what the crisis is, Spielberger said. They take referrals from helping agencies, such as DHS or school counselors.

“Sometimes a hospital will refer a new mom if her baby needs a special formula,” she said.

All funding is raised through donations from the community.

“There is no United Way funding,” Spielberger said.

Infant Crisis Services is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, and serves referred clients by appointment. Se habla Español. For more information, call 528-3663 or visitwww.infantcrisis.org.

The center at Variety Care is open by appointment 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday and on Thursday at INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center.

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