“How am I going to raise this child? Should I keep this child or do the adoption route? How am I going to finish school?” These are typical questions running through the minds of those who find themselves in an unplanned pregnancy.
Three Globe University students have a heart for women with unplanned pregnancies. Toni Durham, Lacey Murphy, and Courtney Schultz were challenged to find a Service-Learning project in the community where they could serve and that would inspire them to become advocates in the community. These three young women were excited to support the Apple Pregnancy Care Center in Eau Claire, Wis.
Courtney Schultz stated, “Apple Pregnancy is a nonprofit organization that aids unplanned pregnancies through love, support, guidance, education and any other needs that will accommodate the struggling parents.” She adds, Apple Pregnancy “would like the parents to see the real joy that a child can bring, ready or not.”
Apple Pregnancy offers housing opportunities, job opportunities, and educational opportunities. Parents can attend meetings and counseling sessions.
The students learned that Apple Pregnancy “helps with providing support and finances to unplanned pregnant families. Apple also has counseling for men and women, which was a surprise to Toni Durham. Toni goes on to say that Apple Pregnancy Center provides clients with Smart Modules which are teaching/learning videos that encourage parenting skills. The videos provide not only parenting skills but motivation as “families can go through [the modules] to earn ‘money’ that they can spend on the the needs of the baby” including donated gear, diapers, clothing, and food.
Lacey Murphy was excited to assist at Apple Pregnancy. “When we found out about Apple Pregnancy in Eau Claire and how they helped families and teenagers with their unexpected pregnancies, we knew that was something we wanted to help with. It was a good experience and [it] helped us to see that there are places out there that truly help, not just pregnant teens, but also families. Adults and married couples will also find themselves with a pregnancy that was unexpected.”
Have questions about your unplanned pregnancy? Maybe you know someone else who could benefit from this information. There is help and hope if you find yourself in an unplanned pregnancy.