Birthright of Penticton Society
Our Impact Why We Exist
To create a safe environment by providing confidential, non-judgmental, loving guidance, support and skill development to those affected by pregnancy related issues.
Birthright of Penticton is not a right-to-life organization nor is it involved in any religious movements, political activities, or lobbying. Our focus is on loving the parent, supporting them in the choice they make, and helping them help themselves.
Our Story What We Do
Birthright of Penticton first opened its doors in spring 2010 to serve those affected by pregnancy and pregnancy related issues. We continue that support today, offering programs and services that are always free, non-judgmental, and confidential. Amongst the services our centre provides are:
- Pregnancy testing
- Social agency and community services referrals
- Options counselling
- Legal, medical, and educational referrals
- Prenatal information
- Emergency transit assistance
- Educational groups
- Opportunities for healthy peer support
- Maternity and baby clothes
- Post-birth support
- Post-abortion support
Our Programs How We Do It
- 24 hr Help Line: 1.800.550.4900. Offered through our affiliation with Birthright International for those with immediate questions.
- Weekly Drop In: Prenatal and Post-birth support group.
- Connecting Moms: a 10 week program, in partnership with Interior Health and Penticton and District Community Resources Society, which facilitates self- esteem, relationship building, and assists with connecting participants to the community.
- M.A.P.S. (Mentorship for All Parents): a financial literacy class, in partnership with Enactus Okanagan College business students and alumni, for Moms and Dads who want to improve their quality of life and standard of living through creating financial goals and developing entrepreneurial skills. Child minding is provided for this program to allow participants to fully engage in the classes without interruption.
- Writing Out Loud: a partnership with Okanagan College and Literacy Now, offering a series of weekly workshops to encourage participants with their creativity and writing skills.
- Penticton Bus Ticket Program: a partnership with the United Way and the City of Penticton. This program provides access to transportation for Birthright clients to attend educational programs, medical appointments, housing appointments, and better access to food.
What You Can Do
Birthright of Penticton greatly relies on its volunteers, donors, and community partners to continue to provide its services and programs. There are various ways in which you can help support Birthright of Penticton.
Donate: Donors have an integral role in the continuing success of Birthright of Penticton's centre and services. Make a monetary or in-kind donation. Your gift offers our clients hope, a safe and loving environment so they are not alone, and opportunities that help them learn to help themselves.
Volunteer: Our devoted volunteers play a huge part in providing support services to clients and to the Birthright of Penticton centre. We welcome volunteers of any age, race, gender, or religion who believe in the Birthright philosophy and have a desire to help those affected by pregnancy related issues. If you feel you could be a Birthright volunteer please fill out our Volunteer Application, call us at 250.492.4901, or e-mail email@example.com.
Join the Board: Birthright of Penticton has a volunteer Board of Directors, comprised of 6 - 8 members. Directors are elected for a 2 year term during which they help provide strategic planning and administration for the organization. Those who are committed to supporting any person faced with the decisions and challenges of an unplanned pregnancy, and interested in participating in the Board, should express their interest to the Executive Director, Sandy Mikkelsen.