The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Local Scene

March 5, 2013

Living Alternatives expands abstinence education programs

(Continued)

PALESTINE — About Living Alternatives

Living Alternatives provides several services to the community including free pregnancy classes and parental classes called Building Blocks.

“They can earn credits out of our baby store for strollers, car seats, diapers, clothing and other baby items,” Hyatt said. “You earn while you learn.”

Living Alternatives also offers free pregnancy tests; proof of pregnancy (needed for Medicaid benefits);  and outside referrals for housing, WIC, food stamps, Medicaid and GED classes.

Currently, the non-profit pregnancy help center is serving 40 to 50 clients a week on average.

“We had 135 clients in the month of January. We’ve had a steady climb and are experiencing tremendous growth,” Hyatt said. “Our clients range in age from 13 to 60 but on average are in the 16- to 24-year-old range.

Living Alternatives talks to each girl or young woman about looking at the big picture when thinking about the pregnancy.

“We encourage them to set goals for their life,” Hyatt said. “Actions today will affect your future.”

Living Alternatives will hold a banquet and style show fund-raiser at noon April 20 at the Palestine Civic Center.

For more information, visit Living Alternatives at 1002 S. Magnolia St. (located next to the WIC and Texas Department of State Services offices on Brazos Street) or call 903-723-9944. After hours, a crisis hotline will pick up the phone call or the person calling can leave a message. For more details, visit www.pregnancypalestine.com.

Anyone interested in volunteering to teach abstinence education classes can call the number listed above.

Text Only
Local Scene