Abundant Grace Pregnancy Resource Center offers aid for pregnant women, parents

  • Alisha and Tom Coleman with their children Aubrey, Sidney and Elijah stand in front of Abundant Grace Pregnancy and Infant Resource Center (AGPRC) on Ridge Avenue in Athol. ATHOL DAILY NEWS/Kathy Chaisson

  • A supply of diapers awaits a family in need. ATHOL DAILY NEWS/Kathy Chaisson

  • Donated Easter Baskets. ATHOL DAILY NEWS/Kathy Chaisson

Staff Writer
Published: 4/16/2019 9:45:21 PM
Modified: 4/16/2019 9:45:15 PM

ATHOL — When they learned that the non-profit community center Problem Pregnancy on Main Street was closing, Tom and Alisha Coleman of Athol took “all its stuff” and moved it to 147 Ridge Ave. Concerned about the resource gap for pregnant women and parents in Athol and surrounding towns, the Colemans opened The Abundant Grace Pregnancy (and Infant) Resource Center (AGPRC) in September 2018. The center is affiliated with the Athol Orange Baptist Church, which also owns the building.

Alisha is Special Education Director at Bancroft School in Worcester, and Tom is an automotive technician for Salvadore Auto in Gardner. They have three children, Sidney, age 10, Aubrey, 7, and Elijah, 5.

The goal of the center is to provide items like diapers, wipes, clothing and essentials that are not covered by governmental support programs, which Alisha said can be discouraging to families and cause added stress. “It’s a necessity if you have children” and are struggling. “Our goal is to love families where they are and to help create the most positive parent experience possible.” Since January, AGPRC has helped more than 42 families. Earlier this month, 46 families had signed up for Easter baskets containing items donated by members of the Baptist church.

The center offers pregnancy tests, potty training support and services, free diapers and wipes, clothing and essentials without requiring income proof. “We were only going to help pregnant women, then we realized there was a much bigger need,” Alisha said. “There are six to eight families every week that come through for diapers.”

Donations of new or gently used items are accepted through the church. “One of the biggest things needed is cleaning supplies, menstrual care products, wipes and bleach spray,” Alisha said. Clothing sizes run from newborn to size 4. They will also accept baby gear that has not reached its expiration date, as well as paper and plastic bags.

The center is open Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. with plans to increase hours. For information call 978-249-8697.

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