Life's Options Pregnancy Center

To provide a safe, confidential place for women & families facing unplanned pregnancy. We offer free pregnancy testing & counseling regarding parenting, abortion alternatives, and adoption options. We provide free material support and life skills mentoring classes. Life's Options also offers the community post-abortion counseling, healthy relationships classes to youth and parenting classes. We offer referrals for affordable medical care, social services and practical self-help.

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Abortion recover/support

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Families
Female Adults
Males, all ages or age unspecified

Description

We meet with those who have had an abortion in their past and are struggling. We will meet one on one or in a group setting as the need arises.

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Evidence of Program's Success

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Pregnancy Testing

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Families
General Public/Unspecified
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Single Parents
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

o Free, confidential, self-administered PREGNANCY TESTS that are clinically as accurate as those performed in a physician's office. Since Life's Options is in the process of becoming a licensed as a medical clinic, ultrasounds will be offered free this year.
o OPTIONS COUNSELING for pregnancy issues by trained staff and volunteers. Clients are presented with accurate, sensitive, and complete information. Take-home brochures and books are available. With teen pregnancies, assistance is provided to inform parents, if it is desired. Counseling and referral services are offered to the client's parents and partner. We have a relationship with several adoption agencies when the need arises.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We are conducting 20 hours of mentoring on average per month with our current clients.
In 2015 we had 765 client visits and 28 new clients.

Mother's Closet

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Families
General Public
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Single Parents
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

o THE MOTHER'S CLOSET is stocked with donated new and gently used maternity and infant items, including diapers, formula, baby food, clothing, toys, infant equipment, furniture, children's books, and DVD's. All of these are available to our clients that are participating in our programs at no cost throughout their pregnancy and after the baby is born. These items are also offered to any family in need of assistance. They are available as resale to people in the community.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2015, we served over 700 clients with 28of these being new clients. For a client with an infant and toddler who visits our mother's closet an average of 3 times per month, a conservative estimate to purchase the items received would be $2850 yearly. This means we will distribute about $285,000 worth of goods through the year to our clients.

Because of the generosity of our community we have been able to send baby items and clothing at times to those facing a crisis situation such as New Orleans after the flood, or to Haiti's earthquake victims.

Mentoring

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Families
Infants/Babies (under age 5)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Single Parents
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

The MENTORING PROGRAM is a DVD based curriculum. Clients can choose from over 40 different sessions focusing on parenting and life skills. The client will view the lesson one on one with our trained staff. The client is asked to prepare homework before returning for the next session. We also informally mentor women and men with whom we develop relationships as they come in for services or to shop at the Mother's Closet. Our clients range in age from 16-49 and 60% are single parents. In 2012 we are pleased to add the Love & Logic series to our mentoring.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Our formal mentoring program, Earn While You Learn, was implemented in mid 2010. There were 1632 hours of mentoring in 2015.

Recently one client made this statement after a mentoring session, "Now that I've had my baby I didn't realize how much I still have to learn. At first after he was born I wasn't able to come as much but now I will be here as often as possible!"

Within Our Reach

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Families
Female Young Adults (20 - 25 years)
Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
General Public/Unspecified
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

o Evidence based curriculum out of DU, our HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP CLASS exists to bring awareness to young single women of the dangers accompanying risky behaviors such as, but not limited to, drugs alcohol, negative peer pressure, and pre-marital sex. Participants are challenged with information regarding physical, social, and emotional consequences of these risky behaviors that can have life long effects. Single women are encouraged to think long term in areas such as education, sports, career finances, marriage and family. They then examine how their choices at the present will impact goals in the future. We are currently teaching the WAIT TRAINING abstinence program to the youth in our community. We counsel our unmarried clients one on one about the benefits of abstinence.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We are developing a new curriculum that will serve a broader range of participants.

Pre-Natal Birthing Classes

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Families
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Single Parents
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

We host this class for the public as well as our clients. This is an ongoing class that is offered quarterly. We offer scholarships to our clients that need financial help to participate.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We offer this class free of charge for our clients quarterly.

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