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Caring Alternatives

Family Planning Services

Women of any age who face an unplanned pregnancy can find a warm, open environment in our Caring Alternatives program in Wilkes-Barre. Caring Alternatives provides counseling in parenting skills, prenatal health, home health and safety and an array of information and training for new mothers.

The impact of ever-increasing food, energy and housing prices continuing to rise is daunting to most families. For low income families, it's not only devastating; it can be dangerous - especially to the littlest, most vulnerable children.

At our Wilkes-Barre office, Volunteers of America Pennsylvania has seen a sharp increase in the number of single moms and families with infant children seeking help from our Caring Alternatives Pantry. The pantry is a key component of our Caring Alternatives Pregnancy Counseling program and offers formula, diapers, hygiene items, clothing and other necessities for families in need.

Funding for the pantry comes largely from monetary donations, in-kind gifts and grants. Our Baby Pantry consists of the following items, which are always in need:

• Diapers (sizes newborn to 5)

• Formula (Similac Advance)

• Baby jar foods (fruits & vegetables - stages 1 & 2)

• Baby wash, baby lotion, A&D ointment, powder and other hygiene items

• Baby nipples (sizes newborn, 3-6 months, 6-9 months)

• Baby bottles and cleaning brushes

• Newborn onesies, blankets, booties, hats and one-piece pajamas

If you, your family, school, church or civic group would like to make an in-kind or monetary gift, please call our Wilkes-Barre office at 570.825.5261 or toll free at 1.888.350.4862. For additional information, please contact Program Supervisor, Nancy Kempa at