Taking Action: Faith-based outreaches need help to assist Alaskans with crisis pregnancies and addictions

    The following news items are provided to assist Alaskans in supporting faith-based and pro-life efforts to address some of the most pressing challenges in our state.



    The pro-life Community Pregnancy Center in Anchorage has received a new ultrasound machine to assist pregnant Alaskan women. As part of the machine’s installation, nurses receive three days of training. During that time, the center needs pregnant mothers to volunteer as “models” who allow nurses to peek at their babies. The center especially needs to do ultrasounds on very small babies, but nurses practice their skills on unborn babies of any age.

    The ultrasound was provided by a local council of the Knights of Columbus, a pro-life Catholic men’s organization.

    “We are grateful to the many donors and regular supporters who help us on a daily basis,” the said Mary Healy, clinical director for CPC Anchorage. “And to the Knights of Columbus who have been instrumental in making the new machine a reality.”

    Ultrasound volunteers are needed Oct. 23-24 for 30-minute appointments. Those interested can call Healy at (907) 360-3675 or email

    The CPC also needs to feed nurses and staff during the training sessions. Local church groups are invited to cook and provide lunch for 12 people on either Oct. 23 or Oct. 24. For more information, contact Healy.



    Adult and Teen Challenge, a faith-based, residential discipleship program for those suffering from addictions, is holding its annual fundraiser later this month. The group works to restore hope to those who suffer from addiction as well as other serious, life-controlling issues.

    “We help people to become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well, and spiritually alive,” the group’s website explains.

    The year-long residential program provides a faith-based education that allows the outreach to present numerous topics that expose, challenge, and direct men and women out of their addictions and into their recovery, while earning a certificate of graduation. Participants also take part in various vocational training activities, including pursuing certification in multiple departments.

    The upcoming gala is the group’s premier fundraising event, celebrating freedom from addiction and generating support for the students currently in its programs.

    The gala begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19. Doors open at 5 p.m. for registration and silent auction. The dinner and auction event will be at ChangePoint in Anchorage (6689 Changepoint Drive). Tickets are $100 per seat, or $800 for a table of eight. Click here for more information.

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