Calgary Pregnancy Care Centre
Our Story Why We Exist
I made the very difficult, but brave, call to the Calgary Pregnancy Care Centre 17 years ago when I was facing an unplanned pregnancy. The love and support I received (and still receive 17 years later), surrounding my choice to place for open adoption, was necessary to get me through facing the pain of the loss of my son. I joined the Birth Mom's support group during my pregnancy, which I still attend to this day, where a lifelong bond developed with other beautiful strong women who have gone through the same thing that I did. We candidly share the heart felt pains and gains of our adoptions. We cry, grieve and support each other with total love and understanding. Without the CPCC, I really don't know how my life would have played out--if I had not received the unconditional love that I did, even though I felt I didn't deserve it. As hard as it was for me to reach out and ask for help at the time, I had to put my pride aside and just pick up the phone and dial, because there are some things in life you can't go through alone!
- Calgary Pregnancy Care Centre Client
I was working as a volunteer for CPCC when I found out that my own 15-year old daughter was pregnant. We instantly became clients, and both my daughter and I received individual counselling and support from the moment we expressed a need. They stayed involved with us throughout the entire experience, and we are both still friends with our counselors. My daughter delivered her son almost nine years ago. They offer practical help (like maternity and baby clothes) and emotional support (helping everyone cope with the upcoming changes). Calgary Pregnancy Care Centre is an organization that I strongly believe in, and I would heartily endorse their programs.
- Calgary Pregnancy Care Centre Client, Mother and Volunteer
Our Impact What We Do
The Calgary Pregnancy Care Centre is a non-profit agency offering assistance for anyone facing an unplanned pregnancy or experiencing post-abortion stress. We have been caring for women, youth, and families since 1985. We are here to answer questions, present options, and provide support through the decision-making process and beyond. Whatever journey they choose, we will be there to walk with them. Whatever option chosen: abortion, adoption, or parenting, we want the Centre to be a comfortable and safe place to be.
Each year we provide support and services to approximately 3,000 clients who are experiencing unplanned pregnancy. We offer a safe place for clients, of all beliefs and backgrounds, to discuss and evaluate options, benefit from peer counseling, participate in classes, and receive clothing and resources.
We provide information and education on pregnancy related options and resources, peer-counseling and advocacy, practical support, accommodation search services, adoption referrals, as well as prenatal, parenting and life skills classes. We also offer adoption and post-abortion grief support. All services and classes are free of charge.
Vision: To see a connected community embracing each person's intrinsic dignity and value.
Mission: To help people overcome challenging circumstances with education, connection, and support.
In the 2014-15 year, the Calgary Pregnancy Care Centre saw 2,798 client visits to the centre and of those clients...
982 clients received maternity or baby clothes from the clothing room
92 clients received post abortion support from the Centre
9 vulnerable pregnant women were assisted into housing at Emma House
105 clients attended prenatal classes at the Centre
Our Programs How We Do It
The Pregnancy Care Centre provides a safe and confidential place to discuss pregnancy options in a caring, respectful environment. All of our services are free and confidential.
We offer the following support services, classes and community sexual health education programs:
- Free pregnancy tests
- Information and education on all pregnancy-related options
- Peer counselling, advocacy and Birth Mom's Support Groups
- Practical support services
- Accommodation search assistance
- Referrals to community services
- Adoption referrals
- Prenatal, Baby’s First Year, parenting and life skills (LEAP), money management and literacy classes
- Adoption support (pre & post)
- Post-abortion grief support
- Sexual health community education
- 24-hr Help Line
- Maternity and baby resources and prenatal classes
- Post-abortion support and a medical clinic
- Take Charge community education program
- For more information on our programs and services HERE.
- Prenatal classes
- Baby’s First Year classes
- Parent Education classes
Community Sexual Education: Since 1986, the Take Charge Community Education Program is an abstinence-based sexual health education for junior high and high school students, free of charge. This program helps teens navigate pressing questions regarding sex, relationships, and dating. Our hope is that through education, dialogue, and asking the right questions, our teens will be better able to discern between healthy and unhealthy perspectives and behaviors.
Our Requests What You Can Do
Volunteer: Become one of our wonderful volunteers. Volunteers are trained to become Peer Counselors or volunteer in different aspects of the Centre such as fundraising, administration, baking, childcare or countless other opportunities. Find out more about our volunteer opportunities.
Donate New or Used Items: We gratefully accept in-kind donations of clean, gently-used, infant clothing (0 to 24 months), maternity clothing and other items that can be passed on to our clients. We cannot accept used furniture and baby equipment. Items can be dropped off at our location downtown on 7th Avenue. Find out more.
Financial Donations: We rely on the generosity of individuals, families, corporations and churches to support our programs and participants. You can help us to continue to assist people in crisis in Calgary by donating today.
Become a Monthly Donor: To increase your impact and help us make more of a difference, consider becoming a monthly donor. This is an efficient and effective way to give, and can be changed or cancelled at any time. Montly giving provides consistent funding that allows us to plan our programming and as well lowers our admin costs so more of your donation reaches our clients directly.
All donations are gratefully received and tax receipts are issued for financial gifts.
Become an Advocate: By supporting the Centre through your time and financial gifts you help and encourage us to continue to do this work. We encourage you to share the vision of the Centre or recommend the Centre to those affected by an unplanned pregnancy. We want to ensure that you have all the information you need to be an advocate so please come in and tour the Centre!
Fundraise for the Centre:
Throw a baby shower for the Calgary Pregnancy Care Centre. We gift layettes to clients that have recently had a baby with new clothes and essential items for a newborn.
Charity Run – Support the Centre by nominating us as your chosen charity in upcoming runs and races.
Host a dinner for your friends in honour of the Centre and ask for voluntary donations. We will help provide resources or information to help it all come together.
Attend one of our annual fundraising events:
Formula for Hope
Fall Banquet on October 27, 2016.
A Date for Dignity
Find out more about our events HERE.