The beginning of YFC’s Options Care Centre started with a phone call in November 1994 from a young woman in a pregnancy crisis who needed to talk with someone. Laurie, our Director, met with her in a local coffee shop and afterwards began to ask the questions, “Where would a young woman who is facing a crisis like this go? Who would she talk to?” Laurie discovered that there was a need for a place like Options…
Fast forward a few years to the official launching of Options in February 1997. Since then, we have reached out to many teenagers, young adults and families through counselling and many supporting projects. After operating at 122 York Street for 21 years, we recently moved to our very own office at 54 Albert Street.
The vision of Options is to impact and develop youth and families facing a pregnancy or an HIV crisis. We do this through building relationships with people, listening to their stories, and empowering them. Decisions made in these times of crisis last a lifetime and it’s important to find help, support and information.
Options is dedicated to helping people and we have a wonderful team of staff and volunteers who are passionate about supporting those who face these kinds of crises. We do this through:
ENGAGING with people through confidential Testing and Counselling for pregnancy and HIV. (If you need assistance for either of these, please refer to our Need Help page) We offer other kinds of counselling for relationship issues, sexual violence, pregnancy loss (abortion, miscarriage, stillbirth), spiritual needs and related concerns.
We also engage with people through Support Groups where we connect with, learn from and encourage one another. We have groups for teen parents, HIV infected and affected people, single moms, adoptive parents and moms of premature babies (at the George Hospital).
We engage with people through our Pantry where we offer practical support needed to help them cope with financial stress. Our medical team engages pregnant clients to facilitate healthy pregnancies and promote care for those who are HIV+.
EQUIPPING is an important part of who we are! We offer Training Courses that empower people to make a difference. Other courses help people grow spiritually in Christ. Programmes and Workshops at schools equip youth to navigate the challenges they face.
ENABLING initiatives include income generating projects (Card Workshop and Amacici Jewellery) and skills development (Muthungu Sewing) as well as Individual Development Plans.
We love God and we love people - ENGAGING, EQUIPPING AND ENABLING!