I was recently asked to provide a brief history of the Alpha Women’s Resource Center. That is not an easy task when the ministry is twenty-nine years old! As I was reviewing center records, I was overwhelmed by God’s provision for the ministry and the people served.
1992 – 2012 The ministry began with a vision by Dr. Sid Crosby and his wife, Kay. They met in Dr. Crosby’s office with Bob Foust, who was involved with Sav-a-Life ministries in Birmingham, AL. After praying together, five hundred dollars was given to start Alpha Pregnancy Testing Center, Sav-a-Life. The first board of directors met at the Crosby’s home for breakfast and a board meeting each month. The center was located next to Visitation Catholic Church behind the Jackson Middle School in a small house and opened its doors in January of 1992. Twenty-four volunteers were trained in crisis pregnancy ministry and offered free pregnancy tests, counseling, a few baby items, and prayer. A golf tournament was held as a fundraiser and the proceeds from it paid the center’s bills that first year. In 2003, the center relocated to a leased building on the corner of Carrol Street in downtown Jackson. During that time, the abstinence program, S.A.f.E. (Sex and Family Education) was presented in the local schools, headed up by a volunteer coordinator. Clients had the option to participate in a Bible study during their pregnancy and those who successfully completed the study earned a layette for their baby. Donations from individuals and churches covered the cost of the baby items.
2012 – 2021 The center changed its name to Alpha Women’s Resource Center, hired a registered nurse and became a medical pregnancy resource center. A Walk for Life, a 5kRun, Change for Life baby bottle campaign, and an annual banquet were held to raise awareness of the ministry and to provide the finances needed to purchase an ultrasound machine. Through divine provision, a building was donated to the Alpha center and a move was made to Highway 43. The ministry is thriving, women are coming to the center and enjoy being able to see their baby via ultrasound. Many who are initially abortion minded or vulnerable to abortion change their minds and choose life.
In 2016, the center completed a campaign to purchase a mobile medical unit from ICU Mobile. The RV is equipped with a medical exam room, a portable ultrasound machine and can broadcast the ultrasound image to a monitor in the front of the unit for the women’s family to view. The mobile unit travels once a week to sites in Coffeeville, Calvert, and Monroeville.
The center’s parenting program, Earn While You Learn, is now available online. With a few clicks, we can send links to a mom’s cell phone, she can view the videos and complete the homework when it is convenient for her. She then follows up at the center to receive the “mommy money” she has earned and can shop in our Baby Store. Diapers, wipes, clothing, baby equipment is available to those participating in our prenatal and parenting program. Baby items are also carried on the mobile unit and moms can participate in the online classes.
Christian counseling is available at the center for women dealing with non-pregnancy related issues. The center has two certified Christian counselors and a certified life coach available by appointment.
Proverbs 19:21 says, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
Part of the vision for the future of the Alpha Women’s Resource Center include expanding the mobile unit ministry to Choctaw county, adding STI testing services, and continuing to reach more abortion minded women with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Please keep praying for this ministry. We need prayer partners, volunteers, and additional medical staff. May God find each of us faithful.
Serving Him, Diane