We receive the funding needed to keep the doors of the NPC open 4 days a week from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm from various sources. The NPC reaches out to the entire community of Norfolk for funding in the following ways:
Is NPC a branch of a church or churches?
NPC is an independent organization with its own charitable status. We are a provincially incorporated organization. Although many churches support the work we offer to those who choose our services we are not affiliated with any one church, denomination, or business.
Why do you say you are NOT a medical facility?
We do not want to confuse the people who choose to come for the supports and services we offer. So we try to make it clear that we are not a medical facility. Because each Pregnancy Centre is run independently some choose to have ultrasound services as a choice for women. We do not have these needs in our local area because access to those services is available in our community.
When a medical issue(s) arises during a client’s visit to the NPC we highly recommend they seek medical advice from a medical professional. Some examples, of when we advise clients to seek medical attention:
They think they are pregnant
They think they may have a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI)
They are suffering with potential Postpartum Depression
They want an abortion
Whatever their choice, if it involves their physical and or mental health, we suggest they seek medical attention from a Medical Provider. Some of our clients are addicts, recovering addicts (perhaps on Methadone), have been sexually assaulted or a combination of these and more. These are questions that a person’s medical professional can help them answer. Some groups who tell a woman to go on birth control or have an abortion are NOT caring for the WHOLE woman and do not understand the choices and consequences of those choices for women and their families. It is unwise to take any medicine or make any life altering choice without seeking ALL the information available and ALL supports in a person’s life, including medical professionals. Decisions regarding pregnancy, caring for a child(ren), abortion or adoption are all decisions that affect a person’s mind, body and spirit. The best possible help for women and their families is to seek supports like those found at NPC and other appropriate helping agencies and their medical professional.
Do you serve the LGBTQ2S community? Yes, we serve anyone who chooses to walk through our doors and engage in the supports and programs we offer. Currently, we are serving several members who identify with the LGBTQ2S community. We offer non-judgmental education, love and support.
I hear the term Pro Choice or Anti Abortion, where does the NPC fit into this?
Statements such as Pro Choice or Anti Abortion are not terms we use at the Norfolk Pregnancy & Family Resource Centre for many reasons:
Many statements beginning with Pro or Anti are often based in political arenas. We are not a political organization therefore; we do not use such terms.
In fact, these statements can often be very condemning to clients and their families as they are faced with heart wrenching decisions. When statements with Pro or Anti are used they can cause a client and their family additional stress. Using these terms can make a person feel as though they are making an improper choice or feel as though they are being forced into something they do not want based on a political view.
At NPC each pregnant client receives information on all options, enabling them to make their own informed decision.
For these reasons, and others, we do not engage in terms that can cause condemnation to clients and their families.