by Lorraine Rothenburg, Pastor of Women’s Ministries
On June 4 at 11am, our Women’s Ministries at Oak Hills is hosting a Baby Shower/Brunch in our Chapel for the Alternatives Pregnancy Center which is located just a few blocks from our church. I recently caught up with Christi Holm, Alternative’s Center Manager (and fellow Oak Hillian), to chat a bit more about APC and the upcoming shower.
Question: Christi, tell us a little about the Alternatives Pregnancy Center – Where is it, how long has it been active and why does it exist?
Answer: Alternatives Pregnancy Center in a non-profit medical clinic and pregnancy resource center. We have been in Sacramento for 27 years (formerly Crisis Pregnancy Center of Sacramento). APC Folsom opened its doors in April 2010 as our first satellite center. APC exists to help women facing an unplanned pregnancy. We offer free limited obstetrical ultrasound as well as all levels of support available, including parenting and adoption. As a life affirming organization, we do not provide or refer for abortion. We provide accurate information on abortion, including the various procedures and risks, in an environment of professionalism and understanding.
We are also all about prevention! We offer an excellent abstinence based sexual health curriculum for schools and churches and the community.
Our post abortion recovery bible study is an environment of safety and healing for women who have suffered the effects of abortion. Statistically over 43% of all women will have had an abortion by the age of 45. This is a staggering number of women living in bondage to fear and guilt. Our Forgiven and Set Free bible studies offer freedom and healing through a redemptive relationship with Christ. For information: 916.807.4188 or confidential email to email@example.com.
Question: Why did Alternatives choose Folsom as a second location for the Center?
Answer: Folsom has been identified as an underserved area of Sacramento with an unusually high incidence of sexually transmitted diseases in our youth. We hope to offer STD testing in the near future. The purpose in this would be to offer abstinence counseling prior to testing with the hope of changing our culture in favor of abstinence until marriage, family, and healthy relationships.
Question: What kinds of volunteer opportunities are available at APC?
We offer training twice a year for the client advocate position. A client advocate is a peer counselor who offers unconditional love and support to young women struggling with making a decision for life. Our next training is scheduled in September. For more info, call 916-972-0367.
Question: What exactly is a Baby Shower for APC? How is it helpful that Oak Hills Church is hosting one?
Answer: Hosting a baby shower helps to stock our Nursery Nook. Young mothers have the opportunity to participate in our P411 “Earn while you Learn” program. With each class attended, they earn “Mommy bucks” in which they can purchase diapers, formula, clothing, cribs, high chairs, strollers, etc. We also provide a layette of new items on their 4th visit. We are an avenue for the community to help these young women and men become healthy parents. APC does not receive government funding and relies on the support and giving of churches, organizations and individuals to help us stock the Nursery Nook and pay the rent. The items donated at a baby shower go directly into the hands of young mothers with very little support or resources available.
Question: How can people get more information about the APC?
Come in for a tour. We are open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10-4. We would welcome your visit anytime!
341 South Lexington Drive #102 Folsom 916-932-5000
Visit our websites www.alternativespregnancycenter.org
www.pgtest.com (Client site)
Note: To RSVP for the shower, sign up at the Welcome Center in the church lobby. You can also sign up there if you’d like to bring a brunch item. Should be a fun event!! We’d love to have lots of women join us. Gifts need not be wrapped. For more information, contact Audrey Oberle at firstname.lastname@example.org .