Life Choices (originally Pregnancy Support Services) was established in 1984 after a concerned group of people, under the leadership of Jessie Schaeffer, felt a pro-life presence was needed in Armstrong County.
Jessie started with a phone hotline run out of her home and by 1989, Life Choices was operating out of an office on North McKean Street in Kittanning.
As the ministry grew over the years, Life Choices continued to provide FREE pregnancy tests, guidance and practical support to men, women and families in Armstrong County. Through these services, we have the opportunity to share hope and love with each person who walks through our doors, making us one of the most effective outreach centers in our community.
In 2005, the office was moved to Route 422 beside the Kittanning Dairy Queen.
Since its establishment, Life Choices has had the opportunity to touch the lives of hundreds of clients and expanded our services to include parenting classes, men’s counseling, post-abortion support and a Baby Boutique stocked with new and gently used maternity and baby items.
In 2002, Life Choices began presenting programs to promote sexual abstinence until marriage to students. After a rebrand in 2017, My Choice Education is currently presneting a variety of Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) courses to over 3,000 students annually at over 15 locations (including schools, prisons, youth groups, and social services).
In 2011, Life Choices grew yet again and opened My Choice Medical Clinic in Kittanning, PA; a dream the ministry had since inception. Now young women facing unplanned pregnancies can receive a free ultrasound, in addition to free pregnancy testing and loving consultations.
Then in 2012, the second My Choice Medical Clinic was opened in downtown Butler, PA. And the following year, 2013, by the grace of God, the third My Choice Medical Clinic opened on the edge of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA. In 2018, we opened our fourth My Choice Medical Clinic in Greensburg, PA.
In 2017, God fulfilled the vision to open a Maternity Home in Butler County. We opened our doors to “The Inn, Maternity Home” in October 2017. Since opening our doors at The Inn, God has given us a way to not only save one life, but two.
We now offer free STD testing at all four of our medical clinics.
Because of our fantastic curriculum that takes a holistic approach to healthy choices and sexual integrity, we have been able to start educating the inmates in the Butler County Prison , the Armstrong County Jail and the Indiana County Jail.
My Choice Education
Dr Michele Oleksak
Dr Amanda Vaglia
CLINIC & BOARD
Butler Clinic Director
Karen Graham, RN
Indiana Clinic Director
Sara Gandolfi, RN
Kittanning Clinic Director
Tracy Ruggles, RN
Greensburg Clinic Director
Hannah Grubbs, RN
Pastor Brandon Lenhart
Pastor Bob Huber
Pastor Justin Lamison
Barb Rearick Megan Vallies