St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral has partnered with the Women’s Choice Network (WCN), an organization that helps abortion-vulnerable women to CHOOSE LIFE. The word “choice” means “choice for LIFE”. Since 1985, WCN Centers have provided life-affirming pregnancy services to thousands of families in Pittsburgh. In 2009, the Centers re-organized as Women’s Choice Network with a vision to offer these services in neighborhoods with greatest need. There are currently four centers in our area: Oakland, Monroeville Mall, North Side, and Wexford. All of WCN’s services are offered to families at no charge because of the generous gifts from individuals and churches. WCN is not funded by any State or Federal dollars. They rely on local partners such as churches and dedicated individuals to help them give hope to a new generation.
WCN has saved well over 5,000 babies from being aborted. So far in 2017, the Network has had a 45% increase over last year in the number of new clients walking through the doors of the centers.
St. Alexander Nevsky, under the spiritual guidance of His Eminence Melchisedek and Archpriest Michael Senyo, became involved with WCN in 2014 through the outreach work of the Cathedral’s Parish Growth Committee. Work with WCN has included:
- Collection and donation of baby clothing, bath time items, and gift cards;
- Snnual sponsoring of the Baby Bottle Campaign to collect money (May-June);
- Sponsoring a Cathedral work crew to make repairs to the North Side center;
- Putting together “New Baby” and “New Mom” bags for newborns and their mothers;
- Joining the WCN prayer chain by praying for women and men who are facing a pregnancy decision; and
- Serving as an underwriter of the WCN Annual Fall Fundraiser Banquet, the primary means of earning funds to enable the organization to operate.
The Cathedral is currently involved in the Church Initiative Program designed to prepare a group of parishioners to become “Life Disciples” who are trained to work with women and men in helping them to make a life-supporting decision about their pregnancies. A group of 14 parishioners and Father Michael completed the Making Life Disciples training in October 2017.