In December, 1986, the Colorado Springs Pregnancy Center launched a satellite office in Woodland Park, providing board leadership, oversight of staff hiring, training for volunteers, and providing resources and securing office space.
Outreach began by securing host homes as Shepherding Homes, for the purpose of housing pregnant women with no place to go. The center also began to send speakers into the public school health classes to present the abstinence message.
By the spring of 1993, it was time for the center to become independent. Under a local board of directors, new counselor training techniques were implemented, client programs were broadened to include Post Abortion Counseling and Education (PACE), and annual fundraising events began to be held.
In 2002, a satellite office of the Woodland Park Pregnancy Center was opened in the Aspen Mine Center in Cripple Creek. The name changed to the Teller Pregnancy Resource Center (TPRC) to accommodate both locations.
In February 2005, TPRC received a beautiful surprise during the Investiture Chapel at Focus on the Family. To recognize their outgoing president, Focus donated an ultrasound machine acquired through the Option Ultrasound Program to TPRC.
In 2006, another new program was added. Earn While You Learn is a weekly parenting and mentoring class for expectant parents through the early childhood years. Baby supplies, donated to the center, can then be “bought” with Baby Bucks earned for each class or session attended.
During 2009, hours were expanded in both locations to accommodate the ever increasing client load. The board had been praying for several years regarding purchasing a property, rather than continuing to rent in Woodland Park. During the summer of 2009, a small house, already zoned for commercial use, became available directly across the street from the Woodland Park High School. The move has had a huge impact on client traffic.
With the move, the name was once again changed, this time to CHOICES, better representing a broad expansion of our mission to include not only pregnant women, but to focus specifically on the teen population, educating them through school assemblies, health class presentations, and small group mentoring, regarding healthy relationship choices. Studies have shown that teens who have strong hopes and dreams for the future are less likely to engage in risky sexual behavior.
CHOICES has evolved as a vital part of the Teller County community with current outreach emphasis on pregnancy testing and options counseling, along with early obstetrical ultrasound, post-abortion classes, relationship training for teens, and parenting classes.