Alternatives Pregnancy Center exists to care for Denver-area women and men in pregnancy-related crises and offer them a meaningful alternative to abortion. Following the example of Christian love, we seek to meet emotional, physical and spiritual needs, enabling and encouraging women and men to choose life every day.
In 1982, three Denver businessmen became concerned about the 17,601 metro area women who would choose to have abortions that year because there was no one to offer them an alternative. These men decided to spearhead a group of local Christians in establishing a place where women experiencing crisis pregnancies could find the hope and alternatives they needed to choose life.
In September of 1982, the Board of Directors was formed and Penny Salazar-Phillips, who had a Master's Degree in Social Work, was hired as Executive Director. In September, we saw our first clients in borrowed office space.
As services expanded, so did our vision. In 38 years, over 96,000 teens, women and men have been served with our various programs and services. Today we serve with offices in Aurora, downtown Denver, Lakewood, Centennial and Castle Rock. This covers a wide geographical area across Denver.
The history continues to be written each day through Alternatives Pregnancy Center. Generations are impacted, families are united and babies are born as teens, women and men discover there are alternatives to abortion.
I needed support and encouragement. I was in kind of a tough situation to decide to keep a baby. But when I got there, the person I met with was very encouraging and supportive of my decision.
I was also really concerned that I wouldn't have the proper stuff to take care of the baby and the proper resources to get housing. I needed to know what my options were and where to get food and diapers and formula and how to apply for Medicaid. Alternatives provided me with all of that.
I met with Dina, and she was very friendly, and she made me feel comfortable. She called me periodically throughout my whole pregnancy just to check on me. It was so encouraging just knowing that I could do it and that whatever choices that I made, there was somebody that had my back.
The baby's dad and I have been married a year now, and my daughter just turned one. She's so smart and beautiful. I'm not in the halfway house anymore, and I just graduated from the program at Purple Door Coffee. Now I'm taking an accounting class at a trade school to learn how to do the bookkeeping.
Having a place like Alternatives - that believes in me and encourages me - helped me to get where I am. They're just always there to encourage me and let me know that I have worth and that I can do anything that I put my mind to. I've never had somebody like that.
I would tell any woman like me that no matter what she decided to do, Alternatives will walk alongside her through it. Because she's not alone. She can be kind and compassionate to herself and grant herself grace. It makes everything harder when you're hard on yourself, so you need to love yourself and be kind to yourself.
We had a pretty good hunch that we were pregnant, my girlfriend and I, and she said "Ya know we need to go to this place." And I didn't really ask too many questions, I didn't even really know what it was, I thought it was a Planned Parenthood type thing, it was just a clinic. And after getting out of the elevator, just walking in, it was very surprising, there was a very good vibe in the room. You could tell it was a very family-oriented place, that the staff had a family kind of relationship you could see.
They took her out and talked to her for about ten or fifteen minutes then they brought me back in and they closed the door. Immediately, I just felt a little more at ease, you know, you just kind of sit down and it wasn't rushed in any way, it was very comfortable. Jane then told me the news which is what I was expecting.
So we just sat down with our counselor and we talked for about an hour from everything from how our parents are going to react, to how do we feel about it and what do we want to do. Following that appointment, we had an ultrasound, and we were able to see our little guy's heartbeat, you know he looked human. He had a head and you could see little arms and little legs, and that was a very moving experience, to say the least.
And at that point it became very real. They took out their little calculator and calculated his due date, and it was very close to my birthday. And so I think pretty much that day I sort of had an epiphany. And said ok you gotta to get in dad mode now.
I had a wonderful experience with Alternatives, wonderful doesn't begin to describe it. Life-changing, life-altering, life-saving. They saved my life, they saved my wife's life, they saved my child's life. I'm in a very good position right now in my life, I love my life, I love my wife, I love my son, and it's a direct result of their care and their love. If I have learned anything through this experience, is that there is fate, there is a God. And I'm very thankful for that and I'm very thankful for Alternatives because they were the catalyst for that. And their staff is wonderful and terrific. And my life is better because of them.