A Place for Men
More and more, we hear men in this neighborhood say they would like to get the kind of support that women receive at Alpha Women’s Center. One man put it this way “This neighborhood needs a place that helps guys who are doing the right thing and being there for their child… we need someone to talk to, help finding housing, and help finding a job.”
Our goal is to improve the lives of people in our community and impact generations in a positive way. Over the last few decades, we have mainly focused on reaching women and children through comprehensive services and compassionate care. However, it is obvious that we need to do more. True generational change will happen best when whole families, including men, have the support and resources they need.
In the fall of 2015, AWC was able to purchase the property right next door to our current location. Since that time, we have done a great deal of both local and national research, surveys, and feasibility studies. We now have a plan for moving forward. Two things are clear: First, men are asking for similar services that we provide to women. Second, the existing building on the property will not be possible to renovate. Therefore, we have plans to build a new building in its place. Demolition and construction will begin soon!
The Men’s Center will provide:
- Options counseling for those in a crisis pregnancy
- Job and Career Support
- GED Completion
- English as a Second Language
- Single Dads Support Group
- Parenting Class
"God's Got My Life Mapped Out"
More often than before, men like Jason are walking through the doors of Alpha Women’s Center. Recently laid off from his job and having lost his home, Jason wanted to know if we could help him with diapers and wipes. “My mom was a single parent and had no help. Then I watched my mom get her kids taken from her. I am not going to let that happen to me,” Jason said. Working hard to be the kind of dad that provides for his kids is important to Jason, but things are tight right now. “Grand Rapids talks a lot about helping people, but for dads, there’s not a lot of help.”
“I know God’s got my life mapped out. I don’t want to be like I used to be, into all kinds of bad stuff,” Jason confessed. “Now that I received God, I want to take care of those close to me.”
We want to provide men like Jason with the support they need through Alpha Men’s Center, just as we have always supported women through Alpha Women’s Center.
We are so excited to launch this one-of-a-kind center, and we would love to share more information with you. If you want to know more about the programs that will be offered, the funding needed for our Capital Campaign, or how to get involved as a volunteer, let’s talk!