We employ an EARN WHILE YOU LEARN (EWYL) based approach to all of our education programs. This means that every time you show up for a class, you get “Baby Bucks” to spend in our Baby Boutique. Providing useful knowledge and aid to those facing crisis pregnancies is a vital part of our mission. By teaching the skills a young woman needs along with supplying items that can help her become a successful mother, we believe we are doing the right thing and embodying the Christ-likeness intended to be displayed by all Christians. By taking our classes you’ll get a chance to build friendships with other mommies like you! You’ll also learn real skills that will help you live well and create bonds with our volunteers who want to love and support you.
EPIC seeks to provide our clients with a hand up not a mere hand out. Instead of giving away items to anyone who asks, the EWYL program allows the client to “earn” the items through learning how to be a better parent. This method gives greater value to the items given away specifically because of the knowledge gained, which will ultimately equip our clients to be more responsible, able mothers and fathers to their children. The women who come through our doors have reported finding that they learn a lot by coming to classes and that they can see how their parenting has improved.
BABY BUCKS. Each week, clients view a video and discuss it with the class facilitator. Directly after the class period, clients receive “Baby Bucks” to save or spend however they want in our Baby Boutique.
The BABY BOUTIQUE. The boutique is normally stocked with donations of diapers, clothes for the baby, cribs, new car seats and much more. Many moms save their “bucks” until they know what they’re having and may even bring their husbands or boyfriends with them to learn and earn even more “bucks” to spend!
We have adopted the EWYL method because by doing so we are able to engage our community in two ways: We are able to engage with those who need help, as well as with those who want to help. By employing the EWYL program, we empower both client and volunteer coming through the doors of our centers. The volunteers are able to create relationships, impart wisdom, provide for needs, and make a lifelong impact on our clients. This success in the volunteer/client relationship creates volunteers who know that their participation is important and understand that they are making a difference in the lives of men and women in our community.
Most clients see a scary road ahead when trying to decide whether or not to carry their child. Some face subtle threats from a boyfriend and worries of inadequacy. This creates serious worries, doubts and fear concerning the future.
The classes clients take here give answers to those fears. The “I can’t be a mother” can be answered with, “We can help you learn how” and the “I can’t make it alone” can lead to a response of, “We will be here to help you.” EWYL pregnancy education program provides the tools that our young mothers know they need. It affirms them in their choice to carry, because they begin to see a possible road forward.
Information taken from EWYL website.
Peer counselors are compassionate guides. Using Biblical wisdom they use the tools we provide, such as the EWYL Pregnancy Education Program to help you get past the challenges you may face, enabling you to reach your goals. Your privacy is important to us, so all peer counselors abide by our strict confidentiality standards. After all, this is your life and we respect that. Our peer counselors practice active listening by paying attention to what you have to say, and then respond without judgment. We use facilitative questioning to help clients talk about their feelings, explore their issues, and find solutions. Our peer counselors are your friends! They are members of your community who either work or volunteer their time here at EPIC to facilitate our classes. You can take classes on anything from Prenatal Care to How to Solve the Tantrum Problem, and of course everything in between, including a Mommy Bible Study! Call us today and let us know what you’d like help with. If you’d like to volunteer, please click here! We’d love to have you check us out.
“One of the most important decisions a young person faces today is the decision about how he or she will deal with sex and relationships. Unfortunately, the pressure on young people to get into dating relationships is happening younger and younger making the choice to abstain tougher and tougher. However, the physical consequences to premarital sex are far greater than they have been to previous generations. The fact of the matter is that a few minutes of momentary pleasure can sentence singles to death.” Find out how by signing up for class today.
(Love Lessons: The High Cost of Free Love, Pam Stenzel)
We offer classes that focus on fertility and steps to sexual health as well. The information shared in our Sexual Integrity Programs has been noted by our clients as being tremendously helpful. They are Biblically based and designed to teach women how to walk in sexual wholeness in all areas of their life – physical, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual. By taking these classes expect to learn:
How can you tell if you're suffering from the effects of a past abortion?
If you struggle with thoughts of guilt, depression, nightmares, suicide, or other emotional problems, you could be suffering from the effects of a past abortion. Many have trouble forming future relationships or develop eating disorders...or abuse drugs or alcohol. These are part of what is called post-abortion syndrome. If you're having any of these feelings, ignoring them will not help them go away. Let us help with our post-abortion support sessions. While it can be difficult to attend the first meeting, you'll be surprised at the nonjudgmental understanding and empathy you'll experience there. By taking this important first step, you are affirming that you don't have to feel sad forever. You also may be experiencing physical complications that may affect you emotionally and spiritually. We would love to connect with you personally in order to properly refer you to a doctor, even if you do not have medical insurance. Many women struggle emotionally years after having an abortion because they've never talked about their experience. Our post-abortion sessions are free and completely confidential. They are a safe place to share your emotions and work towards healing.
Post-Abortion support is available for men and women. P.A.C.E. is an acronym for Post Abortion Counseling Education. Our team is available to facilitate one-on-one or group counseling. Contact us to ask when our next session starts. And take heart; just by reading this page you are on the path to healing.