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ST. MARYS â€“ Catholic Charities recently received a $6,000 from Women Who Care to support their Real Alternatives Program.
Nanci Mattison, who serves as Director of Catholic Charities, explained that the program is a way to help deter expecting mothers in a crisis situation from abortion.
â€śIn the program we provide counseling and help them look for other options,â€ť Mattison said. â€śWe are a pro-life agency and seek to show them alternatives to abortion, help assist them and realize they can do it as a parent.â€ť
The Real Alternatives program is always seeking funding to service clients with a much-needed item.
â€śWe see a client two times a month and provide them with two to three packs of diapers until the child is one year of age,â€ť said Mattison. â€śWe give 20-30 packages through the entire program.â€ť
Supporting those who need it most is the motive of the Real Alternatives program. In excess of diapers, the program assists with some formula, gently used clothing, and counseling.
â€śNinety-eight percent of our clients are well below the poverty line living under $7,000 per year,â€ť Mattison said. â€śThese are the people that are most likely to participate, and that is why we are helping them. And all that is important is helping a client to take care of themselves and their child.â€ť
The office is located at 303 Church St., St. Marys, and can be reached by telephone at 814-781-3034.
Pick up a copy of the Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.