On Friday, April 8th, the Center was honored by the Torrance Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting celebration, with recognition from the Torrance City Council and Assemblyman David Hadley, who presented a State of California Resolution for 40 years of service to the South Bay Community.
The Center began as a crisis pregnancy hotline in 1971, founded by compassionate women who wanted to help other women experiencing the challenge of a crisis pregnancy. In 1976, the Center opened its doors in its current location as a crisis pregnancy counseling center.
In 1991 the Center was licensed by the State of California as a medical clinic and later expanded services to include breastfeeding and prenatal nutrition education, and STD testing.
In 2013 the Center launched ultrasound services, expanded its hours in order to help more women, and increased the number of staff members to handle the increased client demand.
In it’s 40th Anniversary year, the Center looks forward to launching a sexual integrity program for schools and continuing with its initiative to move to a much needed larger facility.
The 40th Anniversary celebration continues all year, and past volunteers, staff and clients are invited to participate and to contact the Center as soon as possible at 310-320-8976.
Help the Center celebrate our 40th Anniversary and 29th Annual Walk For Life on Saturday, May 21st at 9:00 a.m. at Veterans Park, Redondo Beach. All in the community are welcome to participate by walking or just coming to the park to enjoy a beautiful morning at the beach. Onsite registration will begin at 7:15, and any announcements, raffles or other festivities will take place before the Walk this year, so come early.
A Team Kickoff Celebration will be held the evening of Tuesday, April 5th at the Toyota Museum. More details to come.
May The Life Force Be With You!
AB 775 was signed into law by Governor Brown in early October. This would require pregnancy help centers like ours to post information to our clients about where they can receive free or low cost abortion services.
To prevent this from ever being enforceable, an injunction will be filed on behalf of pregnancy help centers around the country and we will keep you posted. #stopab775 #reprofactact
I came to the Center because I saw one of your billboards, and since I thought I was pregnant, I decided to confirm it. When I came to the Center I was 6 or 7 weeks. I had my first ultrasound here, which was wonderful.
My husband and I have three children and he was not supportive about having another baby. Even though I wanted to keep this baby I was feeling pressure to terminate. From the first time I sat down with a client advocate I felt comfort from the stress I was experiencing. I realized I could walk through it with God and we would be ok.
When I was 10 weeks my husband insisted I have an abortion. At 14 weeks I had a serious car accident. I was hemorrhaging, and had very little support from my husband. My situation was delicate, but I was still pregnant. At 20 weeks the Dr. told me I had partial placenta previa and I had to have physical therapy. Still, my husband wasn’t supportive and never came to a doctor’s appointment with me. I only gained about fifteen pounds in this pregnancy, probably because of the stress, and I had a few emotional breakdowns during the pregnancy.
Finally, I told my husband: “I’m not going into labor with your negative attitude, so either support me or I don’t want you in the labor room.” He finally came around and became supportive. After the baby was born, he told me he was glad I decided to have our son. He’s been a great dad and help to me.
I had a positive experience at the Center. I got MediCal and other information I needed, and lots of support through a very stressful pregnancy. Three words I would use to describe the Pregnancy Help Center: Supportive. Caring. Informative.
Our third annual fundraising banquet was held on Thursday, October 29, 2015, and was a great success, with over 400 supporters attending. Keynote speaker Kirk Walden #kirkwalden #buildingawallofhope, inspired and entertained us with his vision of building a wall of hope to strengthen pregnancy help centers such as ours around the country.
With the challenges we currently face with the passage of AB 775, requiring us to post information for our clients about where they can receive free or low cost abortion services #stopab775, now more than ever we need you to stand with us.
At the banquet we launched a plan to move to a larger facility in the near future so we can reach our goal of becoming the #1 choice for women experiencing unexpected pregnancies. Learn more about how you can support this plan.
Remember, your support saves lives.