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Turning Point Las Cruces is moving downtown thanks to a gift from the Rawson Family Foundation

LAS CRUCES – Nonprofit Turning Point of Las Cruces is moving to a building donated to their organization by the Rawson Family Foundation next year.

Turning Point is a national, conservative learning organization that provides information and support to people with unplanned pregnancies. They are currently on South Main Street but will be relocating downtown in the next few months across from Las Cruces City Hall.

Lee Rawson of Rawson Builders Supply said his mother, Joan, had been a supporter of Turning Point for many years. Joan was 17 when she married Barney Rawson and was still a teenager when her two sons were born. As a young couple, the couple had to cope with raising their children with little support.

“My mom and dad were a young couple, not a support group, in the middle of nowhere in New Mexico in the 60s or 50s,” Lee said. “They could identify very well with the Turning Point mission and help young families in this (situation).”

Turning Point provides free pregnancy tests, first trimester ultrasounds, follow-up care, and education for women and couples in need of assistance.

Joan died in February and Lee said she wanted to donate a building to the nonprofit. The building that currently houses the Mountain View Baptist Church is at 705 N. Main St. across from City Hall.

With this centralized location, the family hopes the nonprofit can “increase” its impact in the local community, Lee said.

Rawson is a former Republican lawmaker who represented Doña Ana, Otero, and Sierra counties from 1993 to 2008.

The donation was formalized on September 10th and announced at the organization’s fall fundraiser on Thursday evening.

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“It was incredibly overwhelming to see someone choose such a generous gift,” said Deborah Taylor, General Manager of Turning Point of Las Cruces.

It will take time for the Church to move to its own new location and turning point to prepare the area for operation. Taylor said the new building was five times the size of the original location.

“We are already growing beyond our current location,” said Taylor. “It’s a need in the community and it’s amazing how our community always responds to the needs.”

Turning Point accepts donations of money as well as relief supplies to support the move. People can donate online at www.pregnancylascruces.com and can call 575-522-8378 for information.

Leah Romero is the trend reporter for Las Cruces Sun-News and can be reached on Twitter at 575-418-3442, [email protected] or @rromero_leah.

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