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First Steps Parenting Advocacy Center

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Coronavirus Relief Food Banks, Family Services, Family Services for Adolescent Parents, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Human Services

Mission: First Steps believes in the fundamental value of human life. We support the mothers, fathers, caregivers and all others who raise children by providing a broad range of programs and services in confidence, free of charge, with compassion and care to families facing crisis situations or simply for personal growth.

Target demographics: mothers, infants, children, fathers and teen parents

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3100 client visits

Geographic areas served: Summit & Portage County

Programs: Material goods, diapers, formula, clothing and parenting/prenatal classes, life skills education. All classes are served a hot meal. Client Choice Food Pantry Free Pregnancy Testing Career and Maternity Clothing

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Community Stories

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

First steps does amazing things for family/parents/people who need a little help! They do whatever they can to give them everything they need! I was lucky to have a place like this when I found out I was pregnant, they relieved all my worries with all the help they gave me!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

First Steps Parenting Advocacy Center is a wonderful place. They help and assist families who are in need and come to them for guidance. The impact that they have on the individuals and families in that community is remarkable. I would recommend this agency to any and everyone that is in need of the services they provide.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Life is not always easy. Kids seem to come and go these days, families ripped apart. First steps parenting advocacy center has stepped in and has done something about it. With their STEP ad PEP classes families are becoming educated and self sufficient and leave feeling accomplished. Probviding basic essentials not every family has access too has also really impacted my life. Right when you want to give up, First Steps PAC is right there to help any way they can.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

First Steps: Parenting Advocacy center is a wonderful center and believe it helps many people that are in need of their services. Their staff is welcoming and helpful in times of crisis, and they always try to go above and beyond for their clients. I would recommend this agency to anyone that is in need of their services!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are a bunch of great ladies that help in the community with low income. They do everything in their power to help, enpower and educate the people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff is AMAZING to work with. They are uplifting and truly go above and beyond not only for their clients but for their volunteers/interns/staff.
I highly recommend First Steps, you won't leave without receiving the help you need :)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They were a great help to myself and my child 15 years ago. Have donated and recommended them to EVERYONE that needs help.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have seen so many families changed and assisted through Pregnancy Care! I left with tears of joy on some confidential cases, where clients were truly grateful, coming in with empty hands and leaving with hope.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization goes above and beyond to help not only pregnant women but families as a whole. The broad range of services helps address needs from food and baby supplies to parenting and life skills education, but also can help put together resum├ęs to get people set up for the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This agency helps anyone in need. From diapers to clothing, education classes for parents and pregnant women, to the client choice food pantry that serves clients on a once per month basis, this place is so helpful!! The staff and interns are also able to refer their clients to other area agencies that can help families in other areas as well. Keep up the good work, First Steps: Parenting Advocacy Center (formerly Pregnancy Care).

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Former staff

Rating: 5

Pregnancy Care is an amazing agency that helps so many families in times of need. The positive impact this agency makes on families in the community is what makes me so proud to be in this field. Starting my internship in 2013, I have fallen in love with all of the services that Pregnancy Care provides for clients. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a client smile because you made a difference in their life by helping them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

WONDERFUL AGENCY THAT HELPS MANY FAMILIES IN THE COMMUNITY, INCLUDING MOTHERS, FATHERS, GRANDPARENTS. THEY PROVIDE THE EDUCATION, SUPPORT AND ITEMS THAT FAMILIES NEED TO PARENT A CHILD

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My son chose this non-profit as a summer volunteer opportunity for a church commitment years ago. I have stayed with the organization since, and was then asked to become a board member. The staff is outstanding, and I have seen first-hand clients (moms and dads) that use the services, which makes the experience real. Pregnancy Center is a place of support that assists families in a tangible way. I love it there.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been interning with Pregnancy Care since January and the experience so far has been more than amazing. We do our best to help each and every person that walks through the door with anything they need. If we can't help them in house we find them the resources else where in Summit County. Pregnancy Care has truly helped me grow as a professional and I can't wait to use everything I have learned and experienced here in my future career.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am lucky enough to be interning at Pregnancy Care this semester. Pregnancy Care is such an amazing agency and take pride in what they do. Pregnancy Care has helped me grow with my confidence level and helped me develop my social work knowledge and skills that I can take with me wherever I go . The staff is truly amazing and unique. They bring their own style to everything they do. I have learned so much from interning here and it has been such an honor to be here.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been lucky enough to intern for this agency for the past two semesters. The work that Pregnancy Care does is truly one of a kind. Seeing the difference this agency makes in people's lives is what makes me love coming in each day. This internship has taught me so much and I will value everything I have learned here as I go on into my career as a social worker in the future.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I started with Pregnancy Care as an intern in 2014 and was lucky enough to be hired on in 2015. I have gained so much experience through my time here. We pride ourselves on being a "one stop shop," but if there are services you need that we can't assist you with, we do our best to link you up with an agency who can. We provide so much from prenatal, parenting, and life skills education, material goods services for newborns through kindergarten age, a client choice food pantry, maternity and career clothing, and so much more. I am so glad that I am able to have this opportunity!

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been very lucky to work and intern at this great non-profit for the last two years. Amazing boss, supportive board, and wonderful clients.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am very lucky to be doing my social work internship with Pregnancy Care. The amount of services we offer is immense. If we can't help you we find a place that will. I have been given the privilege to work with the clients that come in. I wouldn't want to be at any other internship.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a board member for several years and have never worked with a group of more dedicated and professional individuals striving to help clients experience a successful, positive pregnancy. They make a difference in each life they touch.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I intern at Pregnancy Care. Throughout my time at the agency I have learned the power of helping others and the impact that just a few caring individuals can make in the lives of those in need in our community. This organization is really committed to helping in any way they can!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to do my senior internship with Pregnancy Care of Summit County where I got to see first hand how much of an impact you can make on someone's life by providing them with not only material help but the education and guidance in the direction they may need. It is incredible the amount of love and passion that the women who run this agency have for this field and It was (is) a great feeling being so proud of where I was doing my internship - the amount of time and love that has gone in to this place is incredible. Nothing but love and good things to say!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last winter, as Pregnancy Care Santa, I got a glimpse of the beautiful and important work this agency does. I have been continuously impressed ever since!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the most amazing internship experience at Pregnancy Care that prepared me for the work I hoped to do after graduating from college. We worked intensely with mothers and their families to get them on the path to living self sufficient lives. The services they provide have been imitated but NEVER duplicated. I gained invaluable knowledge of the field and great friends which I am very thankful for.

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Donor

Rating: 5

If you are looking for a pregnancy crisis center as a client, staff member or a volunteer which is the best at their type of work-- than this is the place! Under the strong leadership of seasoned Social Worker Jennifer Shartle, Pregnancy Care of Summit County has grown stronger and even expanded into another county as an agency. Pop in and see for yourself the warm-hearted environment the staff and interns offer their clients..their work is truly up lifting!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been extremely impressed with this non-judgmental organization and what they stand for. They always keep the needs of the family in the forefront of all of their decision making. Their system of earning materials through education is a great way to assist in keeping families safe. I am so very proud to be a part of this experience and watching all of the great families that have been helped. They are a blessing to their community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was unable to buy my daughter clothes for school this year. I was first directed to another "pregnancy center", but after a bad experience that left me heartsick I tried 211 again.. I left this welcoming place with my dignity in tact and a four year old who still can't stop talking about the sweet purple haired girl and the suckers

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered as a professional trainer in the area of job preparation, interviews and resume writing for about 1 year. The young mothers who came through Pregnancy Care were so engaged and responsive, asking questions and working on aspects of job preparation that would prepare them after their babies were born. I was most inspired by the activities and programs offered to the moms. Clothing, furniture, Infant care training, making crib sheets for cribs, diapiers, WIC program. There is an enormous need for volunteers to give loving and kind treatment of these young women who so desperately need mentors to guide them. I am grateful that I could be a part of this organization, if only for a short while

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I went in so I could receive proof of pregnancy, but walked away with a feeling that there were angels walking on earth. As I explained my story, I was received with open arms and information to help me in my pregnancy walk. I would highly recommend this organization to other moms who are in need of a helping hand and caring heart.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This agency has been a part of our community for many many years, the work that they do is needed and appreciated by many families that are in crisis. They change lives!