Every year, hundreds of women in Maryland are faced with an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy. Many of these women are under the age of 18. Many are unsure where to turn for aid and information. Many are part of our own communities.
Thankfully, Alpha’s Glory Crisis Pregnancy Center is there to help women of all ages dealing with an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy. Offering a variety of services to mothers, Alpha’s Glory provides nonjudgmental, unbiased aid through trained professionals. The center does not offer abortions or abortificants, but does offer abortion counseling.
Located in the city of Aberdeen, Alpha’s Glory Crisis Pregnancy Center strives to provide participants hope and healing in a safe supportive environment.
“It is nonjudgmental,” one woman said, adding, “Everyone was so nice and understanding. They showed me how I can be saved.”
Incorporated in September 1990, Alpha’s Glory received financial support from Oak Grove Baptist Church to cover the start-up costs and volunteers served as counselors and members of the board of directors. Initially located at 17 N. Philadelphia Blvd., Alpha’s Glory is currently at 219 West Bel Air Avenue.
The center’s hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; other hours are available by appointment. Walk-in pregnancy tests provide results in minutes. Peer-counselors trained in crisis pregnancy counseling are onsite. Post-abortion support is private and confidential, consisting of a 10-week study and one-on-one counseling to heal the emotional scars left behind by abortion. A 15-week study is available to promote sexual healing, discussing: :What it means to be a person and the gift of love and sexuality freedom to be successful, and why a loving God would allow suffering.” All services are free.
One client states, “They offered to help me in anyway they could if I was pregnant or not. I learned that God loves me no matter what.”
Material assistance is provided through “Mentoring Moms,” – an “earn while you learn” program. Mothers meet with an assigned “Mentoring Mom” each week and earn vouchers to shop at God’s Little Blessings Boutique for new and gently used items. Mentoring covers the stages of pregnancy, childbirth preparation, and parenting skills. Topics include prenatal care, nutrition, going it alone, and looking at adoption.
In 2010, Alpha’s Glory had 217 women who frequented the center 695 times, according to Karen Wilson, Director. Of these women, 78% are returning clients. Alpha’s Glory was able to make contact with 147 new women over the year. The women who turned to Alpha’s Glory for aid hailed from 17 different towns across Harford and Cecil counties.
An outreach ministry of local churches, Alpha’s Glory relies on the generosity of the community to operate its programs. To get involved, consider making a tax-deductible monetary contribution to Alpha’s Glory. Donations may be made online at www.agcpc.org or mailed to 219 West Bel Air Avenue, Aberdeen, MD 21001. Commemorative Mother’s Day gifts are also available.
“We provide an opportunity for individuals to honor or remember their loving mothers through a donation to the pregnancy center,” Wilson explains, “We then publish the names of all the honored or remembered moms in our newsletter.”
Fundraising is important for any nonprofit to survive, and Alpha’s Glory has planned fundraising events for the coming months. Beginning on Mother’s Day, May 8, area churches will hand out empty baby bottles and ask the congregations to fill the bottles with loose change. The bottles are then collected on Father’s Day and all proceeds are forwarded to Alpha’s Glory.
Opportunities to volunteer at Alpha’s Glory are available. Peer-counselors explain the risk of abortion and share the gospel with clients. Helpline workers work in shifts to answer the 24-hour hotline when the center is closed. Both positions require participants to attend a 21-hour training course. Volunteers are needed in administration, support services, special event planning, cleaning, and the transportation of donations to and from the center.
Along with financial and physical support, prayers for Alpha’s Glory and its mission are greatly appreciated. Submit your own prayer requests online and subscribe to the prayer chain.
To learn more about Alpha’s Glory, attend the Spring Dinner on May 20 at 7 p.m. at the Havre de Grace United Methodist Church. The dinner, catered by Olive Tree, will highlight the ministry of Alpha’s Glory. Enjoy music by a local praise band and tours of the historic church. An opportunity to partner with Alpha’s Glory will be provided. Tickets will be sold by table for $55. Each table has eight seats.
Prepare for Alpha’s Glory’s Annual 5K, to be held on October 1 at the Ma & Pa Trail in Bel Air. Details are being finalized and will be available soon. Please check www.agcpc.org for further details.
Alpha’s Glory plays a pivotal role in the lives of women throughout Harford and Cecil counties. Clients continuously express their appreciation for the center’s intercedence at a critical time in their lives. Here are a few of their comments:
“I felt comfortable enough to share my issues. Having an open ear is fine, I was able to get some things off my chest.”
“The counselor took time to explain everything to me and help me. The most important thing we talked about was abstinence.”
“It was fast and private and they did not mind that my children were with me.”
“I liked that they were respectful to me and they told me information that I never knew. They showed me other ways I can handle the situation. I could give my child up for adoption and know that my child would be safe in someone else’s arms.”
Alpha’s Glory is reliant on the community’s support to continue its greatly needed services in the lives of vulnerable women like these. For more information on how you can help Alpha’s Glory, call 410-272-4711 or email [email protected]