Unplanned or untimely pregnancy?
Carlisle Area Family Life Center is a pregnancy help center where anyone concerned about an unplanned or untimely pregnancy can find assistance as near as the telephone: 717-243-1918. Carlisle Area Family Life Center offers services to help the woman with her pregnancy, both emotionally and materially.
We start by listening with love and understanding. We don’t make decisions for you and we don’t pressure you. We work with you to meet your needs.
All of our services at Carlisle Area Family Life Center (CAFLC) are free and confidential.
Do you like helping people? If so, then let us hear from you! We need people to be Friendship Lay Counselors willing to work with our clients on a one-to-one basis to assist them with their pregnancy or family issues. A counseling background is not necessary, but a listening ear and compassionate heart are. Applicants must be age 21 or over. Former clients may apply so long as they have gone one year without needing center services. Training is provided.
For more information, please call 243-6544.
Our next New Volunteer Training will be in the late winter/early spring-call the center for more information!
Training is typically three sessions held over a three-day period. Prospective volunteers must attend all three sessions.
Pregnant, or Know Someone Who Is?
When a woman thinks she’s pregnant, there are many things she might be feeling: joy, excitement, fear, sadness, confusion, panic, loneliness. Even in the best of circumstances, a pregnancy presents uncertainty. If you are pregnant or think you might be, we can offer you direction and support.
You are about to make some decisions that will have a profound effect on your life, your relationships, your emotional well-being, your body, and countless other aspects of your future. These decisions should be made only after you have learned as much as possible about your options. Educate yourself and choose what is best for you and your baby.
If you want free, confidential help for your pregnancy, call Carlisle Area Family Life Center.
“Providing Crisis Pregnancy Resource Support and Services Since 1979”
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“Safe Haven”-where a baby may be safely left in the care of the hospital when the parent is unable to provide care. There are 2 infant receiving stations at Carlisle Regional Medical Center. The receiving stations are located in the … Continue reading
Carlisle Area Family Life Center provides:
- Free Urine Pregnancy Test
- Free Limited Obstetrical Ultrasound
- Completely Confidential Help
- Nonjudgmental Caring Advice
- Friendship and Emotional Support
- Material Assistance — Maternity/Baby Clothing & Supplies
- Community Resources
- Information about:
- Abortion Procedures and Risks
- Post-Abortion Stress Syndrome
- Sex, Pregnancy, and Relationships
- Sexually-transmitted Diseases and Contraceptives
- Post-partum Depression, Depression and Suicide
- Bereavement & Support
- Learning & Earning for Expecting Moms
We Can Provide Referrals For:
- Prenatal Care
- Professional Counseling
- Legal Advice
- Low or No Cost Furniture and Clothing
- Domestic Violence Hotline
- And more…..
Would your church or organization like to host a baby bottle campaign or baby shower for us? Both projects are easy to facilitate and you would be helping us continue our community outreach and promote awareness of your group as well. Loose change collected in baby bottles and shower items collected for our layettes help us support a new mother who has nothing for her baby. If you’d like to help us make a mom smile, call our center at 243-6544.
Wishing Upon A Star…
We are in need of some items.
Could you help us out? Thank you!
- Similac Advance, Soy and Sensitive Formula (powdered)
- Diapers – Sizes 4, 5 & 6 & Pull-Ups
- Size 2T-4T clothing for boys and girls
- Crib Sheets
- Crib/Receiving Blankets
- Hooded Towels
- Burp Cloths
- Toiletries (wash, shampoo, lotion)
- Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, deodorant, etc.)
- Nylon Mesh Bath Scrubbies
- Yoga Pants (non-maternity kind) – Sizes M, L, & XL
- Small Bottles of Hand Sanitizer
- Ultrasound paper to take home a picture of her new little one!
In 2017, our volunteers served nearly 1,900 clients and gave out 64 layettes. All that was accomplished during the 20 hours a week we are open, so my hat goes off to the volunteers who man our shifts nearly every day. While demand for our services has increased with the start of our FREE Ultrasounds and will remain so indefinitely, our volunteer numbers have significantly decreased for a number of reasons — health or personal changes or a move out of the area (we do have a number of Army War College-affiliated volunteers). A few long-time staffers simply decided it was time to retire. While change is bound to happen and it’s the one constant we can rely upon, it still has a significant impact on our center because we are 99% volunteer-run.
This means we need you now more than ever — not only your monetary support but your donation of time and energy. Our greatest need is for volunteer counselors to assist clients with everyday basic needs. We are all busy, but your service at our center could make the difference between a woman deciding to keep her baby or aborting him or her, between a family with young children sleeping in a warm shelter or on the street for the night, between a family getting a nutritious meal or skipping one or several, between a child spending his day in clean diapers and adequate clothing or running around in a dirty diaper and soiled or torn clothes. These scenarios are not exaggerations. At the same time, we experience lots of joy and see plenty of babies here. Occasionally, a client will stop in to thank us or will drop off a donation of clothes or equipment so we can help the next person. What does it take to be a volunteer? Not much materially but so much personally. We’re looking for people who are good listeners, have a compassionate heart and have a willingness to serve 2-3 times a month. Training is provided free of charge.
If you can’t volunteer, would you, your church or your organization be willing to host a baby shower for us? Many of the items we give to families are donated to us by local churches or groups. We are so appreciative of these events because it helps us assist more families than we might not have been able to help otherwise. If you are willing to host a shower, call us for a
NEXT TRAINING WILL BE HELD IN LATE WINTER/EARLY SPRING
CALL Jackie AT 243-6544 FOR MORE INFORMATION!
We are in need of sponsors to help us with our annual Bingo for Babies and Oktoberfest, our major fundraisers. There are a variety of sponsorship levels available. Sponsors will be acknowledged in the event program, receive a table(s) to invite their friends to the event, and be acknowledged in our next newsletter.
We also invite you to consider hosting a baby shower. Many of the supplies we provide to our clients, such as our newborn layettes, come from donations given by churches, businesses and organizations. Your involvement helps us give assistance to more families than we would have been able to give using our own resources.
While giving of your time and money is so very appreciated, we are especially grateful for any spiritual support you can provide. We are challenged daily by many situations that arise at our center, so we need your prayers to continue being beacons of light for so many caught in darkness.