A realtor, a minister and a housewife walk into a room … sounds like the beginning of a joke, but actually it’s the beginning of what is now Life’s Choices! These three people were part of the original steering committee who had the vision to start a pregnancy center in Kutztown, Pennsylvania in 1986.
This year as Life Choices celebrates 35 years of serving Berks County, I had the opportunity to sit down with two of our founders to learn more about those early days. Kathleen Welsh, who was then a stay-at-home mom and Randy Grossman, who was the pastor of Kutztown Bible Fellowship Church at that time, shared their reflections. Here’s what I learned:
He had a property he wanted to use for the Lord and approached Pastor Grossman with his idea. This man’s generosity, along with others who stepped out in faith, is why we are here today. What an inspiration! Business men and women have incredible potential to use their influence, expertise, and resources for God’s purposes.
These things remain today as part of our policies and procedures. Our “brand,” the culture that influences everything we do, is a culture of love and grace, truth and integrity. It is a culture of life and not death.
Being located less than one block from campus, our Kutztown center is strategically placed, with thousands of young people in our backyard who can benefit from our services. For 35 years we have remained the only woman-focused social agency in town.
Understanding how we were started and the unique opportunities we have, has made us more passionate than ever about reaching young women and men in both our Kutztown and Hamburg centers. The Lord has placed us here for a purpose. With your help we can continue bringing light and life to our community for many years to come.
If you’d like to partner with us financially and help us continue in our life-giving work, you can click below to give online. Thank you!
*Life’s Choices does not refer for or recommend abortion.