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Our purpose is to advise women of their alternatives to abortion. 1st Way provides a free and confidential pregnancy test. If the client decides to keep her baby, we offer support in various ways including a baby layette containing many things a new baby may need such as diapers, clothing, bedding, and bottles. If necessary, we can locate a shelter home. If our client chooses adoption, we refer her to licensed adoption agencies.

1st Way is a chartered chapter of National Life Center. We are a pro-life, interdenominational pregnancy support service. We provide various free confidential services to women and girls in McHenry County. We are staffed solely by volunteers and do not engage in political activities.

We were founded in 1978 under the "Birthright" name. In 1994, we changed our charter and name to 1st Way Pregnancy Support Services. 1st Way is an Illinois non-profit corporation registered with the Charitable Trust and Solicitations Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General's office (CO# 01-027,349) and is a section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization for IRS tax purposes.

1st Way offers many, many years of experience in this service and prides itself in "loving them both", mother and baby.

 
Our Board Members

Constance Freund.......Director/Pres.
Patricia Griffin.......Director/VP
Mary Jeanne Trosky.....Director/Sec.
Leonard Charlan........Director
JoAnn Charlan..........Director
James Trosky...........Director
Ken and Mary Jo Fox....Directors

Our phone number:

1-815-385-2999
1-800-848-LOVE (5683)

Our FAX number:  1-815-385-0314