A nonprofit organization that provides human support services throughout Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Michigan, Real Alternatives maintains a pro-life mission and assists women in navigating unplanned pregnancies. Real Alternatives’ unique approach utilizes service providers and a network of existing community agencies.
In Pennsylvania alone, a 95-strong service provider center network encompasses pregnancy support centers, maternity homes, social services providers, and adoption agencies. The steps involved in becoming part of the quality-focused network are stringent and include a host of preliminary documentation that includes verified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit status, a pro-life mission, and at least one year of experience in offering abortion service alternatives.
Among the other requirements, providers cannot charge eligible clients a fee and cannot discriminate. They agree that all eligible clients will be served, regardless of their English proficiency level. Once the preliminary requirements are met, further documentation, such as Corporate Articles of Incorporation, are submitted and a further review of a potential service provider’s capacity to fulfill the overarching mandate is performed.
After review of corporation documents, a site inspection occurs to ensure clients will be served in a safe and comfortable office.
Launched in 1996 through a state-sponsored initiative to lower abortion rates, Real Alternatives originally served women through 72 centers across Pennsylvania.