Another Way Pregnancy Center (AWPC) was incorporated on July 16, 1984 with the following mission statement: to provide life-affirming choices by offering faith-based hope, support and compassion while encouraging self-respect for those experiencing pregnancy or related concerns. We have always strived to save the lives of unborn babies at risk of abortion by serving the women and men facing unplanned or difficult pregnancies.
1984-2010: AWPC’s primary outreach to women and men was through free pregnancy tests and providing material needs such as diapers, baby clothing, and strollers. Lay counseling focused on parenting preparation, working through relationship issues, and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. These aspects of our work are still active through our Earn While You Learn (EWYL) program, which equips parents with skills to raise their child and empowers them with the satisfaction of earning material goods through the child’s first birthday.
By 2010, we were in a society where pregnancy tests were much cheaper and more readily available in a discreet manner at the local drugstore. We knew if we wanted to save more lives, we needed to look at new ways to establish contact with women considering abortion and establish an organizational culture emphasizing we are both pro-woman and pro-life. This meant moving to a facility with more parking and an easy-to-find location.
2011: We established our Men2Men program to give new fathers opportunities to meet with experienced fathers for mentoring and encouragement. Generational change happens when fathers are involved in their childrens’ lives. The number of male clients involved continues to grow today!
March 4, 2012: AWPC moved into our current location in the medical building at 31700 W. 12 Mile Road. We now had access to a large parking lot in the back of the building to give clients more privacy. The building and our larger sign are just west of Orchard Lake Road on 12 Mile Road, one of the busiest intersections in Southeast Michigan.
October 2013: We hired our first nurse in preparation for launching medical services.
Early 2014: We further expanded our life-saving team by hiring a registered sonographer and two part-time receptionists, who received specialized training from Online for Life (now Human Coalition) for answering calls from women seeking abortions.
May 2014: We began offering limited obstetric ultrasounds, which provide women with accurate medical information about pregnancy verification, viability, and gestational age while also showing them the reality of the living baby inside of her. These ultrasounds are followed by options counseling, in which a lay counselor helps a woman explore all her pregnancy options and gives factual information about parenting, adoption, and abortion procedures & accompanying risks.
At this time, we also fully launched online advertising with the help of Human Coalition specifically targeted towards women seeking information online about how to obtain an abortion in the area. For the first time, we were consistently interacting with and assisting abortion-determined women – including those who had already made upcoming abortion appointments. For the first time, we were able to track a consistent number of mothers who had a change of heart and chose life for their child as a direct result of coming to AWPC.
Another Way Pregnancy Center began advertising to prospective clients as A Woman’s Pregnancy Choice, representing the plurality of “choice” and giving women who believe they have no choice but abortion the opportunity to hear about all the options for their preborn children.
Fall 2015: Our Client Services Director Alyssa Burkett and dedicated volunteer Jennifer Huggins became certified in Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) education: a holistic model for teaching young adults how to avoid risky behaviors, make decisions eliminating all sexual risk as opposed to only reducing the consequences of risky behavior and understand why sexual activity in the context of a long-term, mutually monogamous relationship like marriage is optimal for their physical, emotional, and academic well-being. By teaching students how to avoid sexual risk in the first place, they will also avoid the dilemma of unplanned pregnancy. With permission, we adopted use of the successful Sexual Health and Relationship Education (SHARE) program created by Crossroads Pregnancy Center in Auburn Hills. Jennifer Huggins became our office’s SHARE program coordinator and has begun giving SHARE presentations to youth groups, homeschooling groups and current clients. We are in the process of establishing relationships with local middle schools and high schools with the goal of eventual class presentations.
Fall 2017: Converted some administrative space to childcare space. As the men and women we reach give birth to their children and continue coming to us for parenting education appointments, classes and support groups, we are able (with the help of volunteers) to provide childcare so these new parents can make the most of their time at the center.
+ FUTURE GOALS
Adding medical services has increased our operating costs substantially. Keep in mind, we do not charge for any of our services. It currently costs over $7,000 per week to operate our center. Praise the Lord for the generousity of His people who have kept us going!
Yet there is so much more to do! Many of our future needs depend on reliable MONTHLY income. Decisions like staffing, adding hours, and adding space can only be made with sustained income. As funding permits, we want to continue making a greater impact in our community with the following goals:
- Additional evening hours on Monday & Wednesday nights. Research and experience from like-minded groups has indicated most women facing an unexpected pregnancy want to resolve their “problem” quickly – this means being available for same-day and next-day appointments is vital to reaching them and giving them real options for their situation. We are already available for evening appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays; expanding our evening hours would allow for even greater outreach to women in these situations.
- Additional building space for support groups & extended care. We want to provide welcoming, comfortable space for our growing support groups, such as our moms support group, pregnancy loss & early infant death support group, our Parent+ Class, our dads support group, and the post-abortion support group. We would also like a "safe space" where couples can go to continue their conversations privately after meeting with their advocates - before going back out in the busy-ness of life and distractions. We often see awkward conversations in our parking lot as couples try to "work things out" before going their seprate ways.
- Hiring a part-time social worker. When a woman or man comes to AWPC for help, their situation is not isolated – it is often the result of a complex history of other familial, financial, and social issues, some of which are beyond the scope of our center. Bringing a social worker to our team would allow us to assess the underlying needs of these clients and connect them with other available community resources so they can continue to grow and improve their situations beyond their baby’s delivery date.
+ STATEMENTS OF FAITH & PRINCIPLE
Statement of Faith
We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as verbally inspired by God.
We believe that the godhead exists eternally in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit and that these three are one God.
We believe that God is the absolute and sole Creator of the universe and that creation was by divine decree.
We believe that mankind was created by a direct act of God in His image but that mankind sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death which is separation from God.
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and is truly God and truly man.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures.
We believe that all who repent of their sins and receive, by faith, the Lord Jesus Christ, are born again as God’s children and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven, and in His present life there at the right hand of God the Father.
We believe in the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in glory.
Statement of Principle
- AWPC supports the right of every woman to give birth and the right of every child to be born. Human life is an inalienable right, endowed by The Creator Who made each individual human life unique from the moment of conception, and immensely valuable as made in the image of God.
- AWPC is committed to providing its clients with accurate and complete information about both prenatal development and abortion.
- AWPC shall not deny services to any client based on race, creed, color, gender, national origin, age, marital status, income, or handicapping conditions.
- AWPC shall provide services, which are personal, confidential and free of charge at all times.
- AWPC shall not advise, provide, or refer for abortion or abortifacients.
- AWPC does not engage in contraceptive counseling or in referring for contraceptives or contraceptive services.
- AWPC is committed to creating within the local community an awareness of the needs of pregnant women and of the fact that abortion compounds human suffering rather than resolving it.
- AWPC is committed to assisting women and men who suffer from the aftermath of abortion, offering compassionate, non-judgmental care and referrals to programs that assist with healing and forgiveness.
- AWPC recognizes the validity of adoption as one alternative to abortion but is not biased toward adoption when compared to other lifesaving alternatives. AWPC is independent of adoption agencies, relating to them in the same manner as to other helpful sources.
- AWPC employees and all volunteers are required to agree to our policies and scriptural qualifications, and to renew their commitment by reviewing and signing AWPC Statements and Policies on an annual basis, due in February of each year.
+ OUR TEAM: BOARD OF DIRECTORS & STAFF
Ed Connolly, CPA - Board President
Ed was born and raised in Indianapolis and is a graduate of Indiana University. A Certified Public Accountant throughout his career, he worked in a wide variety of manufacturing environments with Masco Corporation, its affiliates and spin-offs, producing materials such as electronics, high-pressure steel cylinders, architectural hardware and home accessories. His increasing levels of responsibility throughout his career included Manager of Financial Analysis, Divisional Vice President/Controller and Group Controller. Ed has served on various parish councils and parish education boards over the years and is currently an active member of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth, where he serves in various volunteer capacities.
Richard Genesco, Esq. - Board Secretary
Richard Genesco has been a lawyer in Southeast Michigan for over 30 years, practicing civil litigation, estate planning, family law and probate. He serves as a family law mediator and has taught religious education at St. James Catholic Church of Novi.
Bob Harmer - Board Director
During his successful 36 years with Ford Motor Company, Bob held various head management positions, skillfully supervised organizations of as many as 1,000 engineers and designers, and gave a great deal of career counseling to younger engineers looking for advice. These experiences have proved helpful in his role as one of AWPC's client advocates for men, Board President from 2012-2016, and continued service on the Board of Directors today.
Bob is also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Right to Life - Novi, the Life Issues Committee at his home church, and Chairman of the Board at the Lennon Pregnancy Center in Dearborn Heights.The knowledge gained from these experiences led Bob to organize a group for board presidents from pregnancy centers in Southeast Michigan to share best practices, contribute to board development, and enrich pregnancy center leadership throughout the region.
Ian Waldo - Board Director
Ian has worked in the financial services industry since 2006. His practice, Waldo Wealth Partners of Raymond James, is located in downtown Northville. Advocating for the value of human life has always been important to Ian. He attributes this conviction to his faith along with examples set by family and friends who made cherishing life a priority. Ian actively serves at Oak Pointe Church in Novi and is also a board member of Right to Life-Novi.
Dr. Sarah Deighton-Collins, MD - Medical Director
Dr. Sarah Deighton-Collins is an OB-GYN practicing in Brighton and affiliated with hospitals in the St. John Providence Health System. She received her medical degree from the Wayne State University School of Medicine and is certified by the ABMS Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Dr. Sarah has been in practice for 8 years.
More team profiles coming soon!