We are so excited to announce that we will be opening our own Reproductive Justice Resource Center (RJRC) at the POWER House! Our tentative target date is September 2019. What is a RJRC, you might ask? Let us explain.
We envision our Reproductive Justice Resource Center (RJRC) as a place where pregnant people and families can obtain much needed baby & toddler supplies with absolutely no strings attached. Fake clinics aka “crisis pregnancy centers”, including those in Montgomery and the surrounding areas, give new families baby supplies, but they come with a catch. That catch is so called “earn while you learn” programs, which include Bible classes. At the core of our values is the belief that people deserve help free of coercion or “strings” of any kind, and that includes religious classes or studies. Additionally, these “earn while you learn” programs often include “parenting classes” which have religious connotations. Make no mistake, parenting classes for brand new families are a great thing! However; we believe they should be free of religious teachings and focus solely on scientifically sound care of both baby and family. To be clear, we have no problem with religion. However; we believe religion, or lack thereof, should be up to the pregnant person and their family. It is not our place to interject ourselves into that very personal space.
In order to fulfill our vision of a RJRC and our mission, we need your help in stocking the center. We plan to do this in two phases: stocking items that must be new in packaging, then stocking items that can be in gently used condition. You can donate these items by purchasing them online and having them sent to the POWER House (more on that later) or by dropping them off in person at the POWER House (more on that later, too).
Here are the new & unused items we are taking donations for as of July 16, 2019:
Disposable diapers in all sizes & types
Formula of all types
Menstrual products (tampons, pads, reusable cloth pads, menstrual cups)
Pregnancy tests (The $1 ones at Dollar Tree work just fine!)
Breast pads for nursing moms
Aquaphor or similar for nursing nipples
If you’d like to purchase these online (Amazon, WalMart, Sam’s Club, Costco, where ever!) and have them shipped direct to the POWER House, please send them to:
Attn: RJRC Supply
821 South Perry Street
Montgomery, AL 36104-5019
If you are local and would like to drop any of the above supplies off in person, please email Mia Raven at: mia (at) powerhousealabama dot org. We ask that you please contact us first before dropping supplies off as we don’t want them exposed to outdoor elements.
After we get the new items in stock, we will release the list of items that are needed that can be in gently used condition.
Thank you for sharing in our vision of reproductive justice free of judgment, coercion, or shame. We could not help those who need it without your support.
Yours in Justice,
The POWER House Crew