What is a mission statement, exactly?
Is it something to recite when an organization is trying to raise money? Or, a dusty plaque on a wall nobody pays any attention to?
Alpha Omega Center’s mission statement is a phrase that guides the work we do and defines the people we serve. It helps us know whether or not we should embark on a new initiative, and it encapsulates the reason we exist.
There was nothing wrong with our old mission statement, we just needed a refresh. And, now we have one!
Our new statement is this: Alpha Omega Center honors Christ by empowering mothers to choose life, educating individuals and families about healthy relationships, and providing medical services, material assistance, and spiritual support in Butler, Lawrence, and Mercer Counties.
Let’s break it down.
The statement starts with our foundation, the reason we do what we do, “Alpha Omega Center honors Christ.” Even without the rest of it, this tells someone the reason behind our services. We exist to honor Christ.
How do we honor Christ? First, “by empowering mothers to choose life.” This is the central service we provide, and both our health services and parenting services point back to it. By offering free pregnancy testing, ultrasound exams, information, education, and material support we’re making it possible for mothers to choose life. We’re not “talking them into it,” we’re giving them the encouragement and resources they need to make the choice they want to make: life.
Second, we honor Christ by educating individuals and families about healthy relationships. Working with mothers facing an unplanned pregnancy is not enough. We must educate our community about what it means to be in a healthy relationship. Almost 80% of abortions in Pennsylvania are performed on unmarried women. When individuals choose to save sex for marriage they’re eliminating their risk of a pre-marital pregnancy or sexually transmitted disease. We offer this education to all of our clients as well as teens in local schools.
We provide “medical services, material assistance, and spiritual support in Butler, Lawrence, and Mercer Counties.” This section defines how we serve our community and who our target audience is. We don’t require that people live in one of our service areas, but it’s where we focus our energy.
This mission statement was developed by our Board of Directors with support from our staff, and it gives our community a clear picture of who we are and what we do. More than that, it guides as we grow. Do you want to know more about what we do? Check out the rest of our website, and let us know if you have any questions!
Changing Lives Together,
Sarah M. Bowen