Human Services

LAKESHORE PREGNANCY CENTER INC

aka LPC/Positive Options

Holland, MI

Mission

MISSION: We are loving people to life. VISION: To restore a culture of abundant life through Christ in every community.

Ruling Year

1994

Executive Director

Carolyn M Doyle

Main Address

339 S River Ave

Holland, MI 49423 USA

Keywords

free, pregnancy, testing, non-profit, Christian, faith-based, compassionate, peer-counsel, information, education, parenting, adoption, abortion, risks, healthy relationships, referral services, post-abortive, support, free, pregnancy, testing, ultra sounds, material, services, baby, maternity, clothing, items, abstinence, right, to, life, CareNet

EIN

38-3046882

 Number

5783350623

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Pregnancy Centers (P47)

Right to Life (R62)

Pregnancy Centers (P47)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

70% of teens age 18-19 have had oral sex.
65% of women who have had abortions state they are Christians.
90% of children age 8-16 have viewed porn.
64% of Christian men admit to viewing pornography at least once a month.
Over 5 out of 10 pregnancies* in Michigan are unplanned. *for women ages 15-44
8 out of 10 Christian singles in their 20's are sexually active.
81% of 250 women stated they aborted due to the influence of the man in their life.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Positive Options

BestLife {hero}

BestLife {now}

BestLife {community}

BestLife {project}

BestLife {parent}

Where we work

Our Results

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Pregnancy Tests Administered

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No target populations selected

Related program

Positive Options

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total Client Visits

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No target populations selected

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total Volunteers

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No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students reached in schools

TOTALS BY YEAR
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No target populations selected

Related program

BestLife {project}

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percentage of those considering abortion who chose life after receiving an ultrasound.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females

Related program

Positive Options

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

What We Do? We have life-honoring conversations with those who may be presented with the choice of abortion. How Do We Do It? Through intentional programs that create opportunity for these life-honoring conversations. Why Do We Do It? To reclaim love by helping people understand their connection to the God of love and life.

Positive Options identifies our medical services; pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, limited prenatal consultation, and medical referrals in each of our centers.

BestLife {hero} serves expectant fathers with pregnancy option information and parenting education.

BestLife {now} offers one-on-one individualized classes to expectant moms. We celebrate and prepare with her through education and material support.

BestLife {community} exists to equip members at local churches to become safe, educated, and responsible encouragers for those facing an unplanned pregnancy, those considering abortion and those having experienced abortion. Our desire is to connect our clients to the church–a healthy body equipped to provide support and community long after they leave our care.

BestLife {project} serves area schools, churches, parents and teens by bringing sexual and relational health education to students. Our team equips them to choose healthy lifestyles and relationships.

BestLife {parent} identifies our group parenting classes, offered to any and all parents. Participants are encouraged with support, material goods, and by building healthy relationships with other parents. Topics include: nutrition, discipline, goal setting, etc.

We have a skilled, comprehensively trained, and committed group of 28 staff members and over 150 volunteers that passionately work to fullfill our mission.

Geographically, we serve Allegan, Ottawa, Kent, Muskegon, and Van Buren Counties. We have centers in Holland, Allegan, Allendale, Grand Haven, and a Mobile Medical Center that travels throughout West Michigan.

76% of Lakekshore Pregnancy Center's total budget is client-service centered.

All of our services are free, so we rely on the faithful giving of individuals, churches, business, and foundations to provide us the resources.

Progress is measured through surveys taken by our clients and students, statistics, and data that is tracked, analyzed, and compared each year.

We are members and/or accredited by ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability), Better Business Bureau, NIFLA, and CareNet.

To date:
95% of those considering abortion, chose life after receiving an ultrasound at Postive Options. *Average per year at Positive Options

In 2017 alone, we had over 7000 student interactions through our BestLife {project}, over 3,300 client visits, over 700 male client visits, and over 8,200 volunteer hours logged.

Over the course of time we've had the privilege of seeing individual's lives changed. Individuals who had lost hope can once again find hope, experience health, recovery, acceptance, and be able to meet God and develop a personal relationship with Him.

Below are just a few testimonies from our clients:

“Initially the abortion idea did come to mind…I was scared and these people really care, they feel for you. They helped through the process and helped me reach my final decision to keep my baby. Actually seeing the ultrasound was the first step, carrying him and feeling him kick was another step, then actually holding him was like 'Wow, this is it! I'm a mom now and this little person depends on me.' It's just amazing! I was so happy I couldn't stop smiling."

"I felt hurt, ashamed, and betrayed. But God has a way of bringing people into your life to make a change and give you the guidance and resources that you need. That's what LPC did for me and my life and my children's lives."

"I was considering having a second abortion but LPC listened to me and gave me options. They helped me think about my health and my baby's health."

"I learned what things my little boy needed to be taught (and not taught)."

"If it wasn't for Lakeshore Pregnancy Center my baby, my little baby girl would not be here."

"Before attending your classes I had no idea how to be a father."

"Lakeshore Pregnancy Center helped me with the healing process of having an abortion. I have gained a friend in LPC; they have helped me turn my life around. I am where I am now because of their help. I am going back to school, I have friends now, I have a church, and I have a new life, a new life."

Lakeshore Pregnancy Center (LPC) began its ministry as Birthright in 1973. A subsequent affiliation with CareNet culminated in 1991 with LPC receiving its incorporation as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.
In the late 90's we responded to the national challenge to address the explosion of teen pregnancy and STI infections by developing and administering a comprehensive curriculum on sexual and relational health for youth in the private and public schools, community groups, and churches in the communities we serve.
In 2000, our Grand Haven Center began operations and continues to experience consistent growth.
The year of 2004 began with the completion and dedication of a new facility at 14th and River Ave, in Holland, Michigan. Later that same year, we opened our Allegan Center.
In 2006, we opened our Allendale location near the Grand Valley State University Campus. In 2008, we added a medical clinic, hired registered and licensed practical nurses, and currently have an ultrasound machine in each of our Centers.
In 2009 we began a men's ministry, providing support and mentoring specifically for men. In 2013, we purchased an RV, and had it retrofitted as a Mobile Medical Center, bringing our medical services to our communities.
In 2014, services offered were offically rebranded, identifying Positve Options as our medical services and BestLife as our educational and pregnancy support care, which encompasses sexual and relationtional health, prenatal, pregnancy, and parenting education in both our centers and schools.
In 2016, we added BestLife {community}, which exists to equip members at local churches to become safe, educated, and responsible encouragers for those facing an unplanned pregnancy, those considering aboriton, and those having experienced abortion.
In 2017, we renovated both the Allegan and Grand Haven Centers to better meet our medical and educational needs.

Lakeshore Pregnancy Center has continued to grow and expand its services to meet the varying needs within the community. But our work is far from over. New needs come to us on an ongoing basis.

At this time, we desire to further develop and grow the programs we have put into place to address the needs within the communities we serve.

External Reviews

Accreditations

ECFA - Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability 2018

NIFLA 2019

Awards

Charity of the Month 2019

Better Business Bureau of West Michigan

Affiliations & Memberships

Care Net 2019

Financials

LAKESHORE PREGNANCY CENTER INC

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes