Since the late 1990s, Real Alternatives has served women who are experiencing crisis pregnancies and contemplating an abortion. The nonprofit, life-affirming organization, which began in Pennsylvania and has since expanded to Michigan and Indiana, offers warm, responsive, nonjudgmental counseling services. In addition, Real Alternatives provides food, clothing, and other necessities to help women and their families thrive over the long term.
While many Americans are already familiar with the concept of community food pantries, community clothing pantries also meet a vital need across the country. Pregnant women receive maternity clothes from the 150 plus centers in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Indiana funded by Real Alternatives. Babies and young children receive a supply of warm, comfortable clothing that keeps up with their growth.
Whether they are called clothing pantries, clothing banks, or clothing closets, these organizations are contributing toward building community and keeping families together. By offering free gently worn or new clothing - often donated by members of the community - these organizations work to address social inequities while promoting dignity and fostering self-respect.