Alternatives Medical Clinic began when a group of friends attending Emmanuel Faith Community Church in Escondido CA felt a prompting to help young women in unplanned pregnancies. They wanted to be an alternative to abortions. Francie Overstreet and several others began giving out baby food, formula and diapers to expectant moms. The need was great and the ministry soon outgrew its closet moving into a local storeroom. They began offering free pregnancy tests and giving out a more diverse array of free baby supplies including layettes and nursery furniture. They also began educational speaking engagements in schools. All services were free, volunteers ran the program and financial support came from individual donors and churches who share the same vision of caring for preborn lives and their moms.
In the summer of 1995 a new corporation call Alternatives Pregnancy Care Clinic opened as a licensed medical clinic. Services were added including nurse assessments, free pregnancy tests with verification, limited ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and abstinence education.
In 2007, realizing we want to help all women make educated decisions about reproduction, we changed our name to Alternatives Women’s Center (AWC) in order to invite all women of reproductive age.
In 2012 through a rigorous process of accreditation that recognizes the highest standards of care and industry best practices, AWC became accredited by the AAAHC (Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc). We were the first one in the state with this distinction at the time. Now, several others have achieved accreditation.
In 2015, we designed and opened a 39ft state of the art, custom built mobile clinic. This provision enables us to bring care to those who couldn’t readily travel to our fixed base location, such as college students and those in surrounding areas.
In 2017 the Board of Directors voted unanimously to change the name to Alternatives Medical Clinic (AMC). This new name refined our mission and vision and better brands us to market to women and men involving pregnancy and sexual health decisions. Today, all services remain free. AMC is staffed by RN’s with medical care overseen by a Medical Director. We also have an outstanding Board of Directors, who govern this ministry. Patient appointments are HIPPA protected, and not rushed. Our medical services include limited obstetrical ultrasounds to confirm viability of pregnancy, pregnancy testing, and STI/STD education. We also provide post abortive resources for those who need it. We offer Earn While You Learn education programs facilitated by trained volunteers. We have educational scholarships through our Francie Overstreet Scholarship Fund, and our boutique known as Hannah’s Closet is a provision of much needed baby supplies. We offer to share God’s Word with them and often pray should they desire.
We are thankful to be stewards of what the Lord has provided through the community. Because of our supporters, we are one step closer to seeing a transformed community where abortion is unwanted.