Caring, confidential support to people facing pregnancy and family related issues is the focus of the Pregnancy Care Center of Niles, Michigan. All our services are offered free of charge, without any discrimination, and often extend to the family or significant others related to the woman. Lots of our clients come for a confidential pregnancy test, but many come for maternity and baby clothing or other supplies. We strive to graciously provide an opportunity for each client to hear the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is our ongoing support from our partners, sponsors and volunteers that allows the Pregnancy Care Center to continue serving those in need in our community.
Peter Rienks, Sherry File, Lyndon Azcuna, Jenni Lindgren, Robert Wentz
The Pregnancy Care Center of Niles came into being to provide a compassionate alternative to the Michiana Abortion Clinic, which had existed since June of 1981. Others had been involved in the sidewalk counseling at the abortion clinic. When that ceased, a local man had a desire to fill the void. He perceived that sidewalk counseling was controversial and that some women were choosing abortion, not because they wanted to, but because they lacked the support necessary to care for their babies. His vision spread to other individuals, churches and organizations, giving birth to the Pregnancy Care Center in September 1985. Our doors first opened near the abortion clinic. Later we moved a few blocks away to the Broadway Professional Center, 1011 Broadway Suite 2, behind Rite Aid.
Initially, the Center offered free pregnancy tests and material items such as clothing and baby furniture. Referrals were made for other services, including adoption. The abstinence outreach program began in 1992. In 1993, we became affiliated with Care Net, a nationwide Christian support network for pregnancy care centers. After 12 years as an all-volunteer organization we hired our first part-time paid staff in 1998. In 1999 we were able to expand our hours to five days a week. Our popular Diaper Bag Classes for expectant parents began in 2000, a program that evolved into the Earn While You Learn Program, which has now been changed to be our Life Matters Program. This new program offers clients the opportunity to attend parenting classes while earning points to spend in our Baby Boutique. It also has programmed into it a rewards program for completing classes and a consequence for no-shows. A big part of this program is to offer an opportunity to reach and achieve goals and dreams specifically tailored to the clients.
In August 2007, in an effort to be a more obvious presence in the community, the Pregnancy Care Center relocated to a storefront in downtown Niles, and resided at 311 E. Main Street. In August of 2010 the opportunity to purchase a house at 527 E. Main Street allowed us to have a more personable presence and we have definitely seen an increase in clients since the move!
Support for the Pregnancy Care Center comes from individuals, churches, and businesses in the local area. We are a nonprofit (501*3), nondiscriminatory organization. No government funding is received.
Client Services Director