GRACE: Like the Israelite midwives in Egypt, Help Centers are saving lives and shaping futures of young mothers
To become a state with a comprehensive “culture of life” it takes many people and many groups doing the many things necessary. As mentioned previously, Grace and Truth must both be manifest. Pregnancy Help Centers are the essence of Grace –meeting women at their point of need and serving them without judgement.
Yes, Kentucky’s Centers do speak Truth to those they serve, but most importantly they express the care and support that women need in their trial — the Centers offer Grace to their clients.
There are now over 50 Pregnancy Help Center offices that freely serve the hundreds of Kentucky women each year that experience an untimely pregnancy. These centers are funded primarily by contributions from those in their areas of service. They are staffed, in part, by numerous volunteers who simply want to help the women in need within their communities.
Without doubt, these centers are concerned not only for the unborn child, but also for the mother. They stock their offices with both maternity clothing and baby clothing, as well as other maternal supplies that can help a young woman make the transition into gracefully bringing a new life into the world and shaping that life.
Pregnancy Help Centers’ clients receive totally FREE, confidential, and non-discriminating services that include, but are certainly not limited to: • pregnancy testing · ultrasounds and nurse consultations • options counseling, including referrals to adoption agencies • STI testing/treatment • Men’s programs for new fathers • Free material resources including: baby/maternity clothes, diapers, baby food, and formula• advocating our clients through community support and referrals to other services outside the center’s scope including housing, food, legal help, education • pregnancy,parenting, and life-skill education • information on women’s health prevention of unplanned pregnancies by educating on risks of a sexually active lifestyle • Grief assistance for women who regret past pregnancy decisions.
And though not all Centers statewide provide all these services, this list has been compiled and is standard across-the-board for the scope of services of Kentucky Centers.
When the costs of these health services, material resources, education, and emotional and social support were added together, well over one million dollars of life-affirming services are offered free of charge annually in Kentucky (and free of taxpayer dollars). And these figures include only 37 of the 50+ centers throughout the state.
Working side-by-side with Pregnancy Help Centers are churches of all denominations, putting their “shoulder to the wheel.” It is important to note that Kentucky has over 6,000 Bible-oriented churches. Though not all engage the issues and debates in Frankfort, it is true that, generally speaking, they gravitate to the sanctity of life position that is clearly stated in their Scriptures.
As more and more of these churches come on board to manifest Grace and Truth,the promise of Kentucky being a light to the nation on this, and many other issues,becomes more and more believable.
The Kentucky has many things going for it in regards to the sanctity of life. Leadership at all levels and in all spheres will be necessary because of the tried and true reality that “Nothing moves unless it is pushed.” Fortunately, many Kentuckians are pushing as hard as they can for the goal, “No abortions are done here.”
Find the Help Center nearest you.
(Centers are listed by county)
Barren – Crossroads Life Center
Boone – Care Net Preg. Services of N KY
Boyd – Two Hearts Pregnancy Center
Boyle – Haven Care Center of Central KY
Bullitt – ALC Pregnancy Resource Center
Calloway – Life House Preg. Care Center
Clark – New Beginnings
Clay – Heart and Soul Life Center
Estill – Estill County Center for Pregnancy
Fayette – Assurance
Franklin – Avenues for Women
Grant – Care Net Preg. Services of N KY
Graves – Hope Center
Hardin – Clarity Solutions for Women
Henderson – Marsha’s Place Preg. Care Ctr
Hopkins – Door of Hope Pregnancy Center
Kenton – New Hope Center
Lyon – Hope Clinic
Marshall – Hope Clinic
McCracken – Hope Unlimited Crisis Preg. Ctr
Muhlenberg – Pathway of Hope
Nelson – New Life Center
Ohio – Hope for Life
Oldham – Crossroads Preg. Resource Ctr
Pendleton – New Hope Center
Pulaski – AIM Pregnancy Center
Rowan – Hope Pregnancy Care Center
Russell – ARC Pregnancy Support Center
Scott – Not Alone Pregnancy Center
Shelby – ALC Pregnancy Resource Center
Taylor – Hope Preg. Center of Taylor County
Washington – House of Hope Preg. Help Ctr
Wayne – HELP Pregnancy Care Center
Whitley – A.A. Women’s Services