Since its beginnings, SLM has served over 15,000 clients, seen many babies born, and been privileged to pray with over one thousand clients to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior. We are grateful to God for how He has used us and our supporters to change many lives.
SLM was incorporated after being founded by the original Chief Executive Officer, Christy Anne Collins. The ministry began with an emphasis on ministering to women in crisis pregnancies as well as pro-life activist involvement.
Ms. Collins resigned and soon after SLM hired Kelley Wesley as the new Chief Executive Officer.
The office moved from Annandale to the Fairfax Professional Center in Fairfax, right below a Planned Parenthood office. A new direction was taken to solely minister to women in crisis pregnancies as SLM Pregnancy Help Center.
SLM held their first fundraiser. The CEO went to Romania to find out how SLM could serve the pregnancy centers in that nation. SLM has contributed towards the translation of pregnancy center literature into Romanian as well as offered financial support and training for the Romanian Pregnancy Centers.
SLM first applied for funding support from the United Way and a second fundraiser was held with Alan Keyes as the keynote speaker. The responsiveness of the people attending was wonderful and a second staff member was hired!
The center opened on Saturdays for counseling as volunteers made themselves available to see clients. A major donation was received for the full purchase of the Fairfax office space.
SLM held its first fellowship dinner banquet and began exploring opening a satellite office in Alexandria, because of the high rate of abortions.
SLM opened the Alexandria Pregnancy Help Center through a cooperative effort by various churches and private donors.
SLM opened a third pregnancy center, LifeChoices Resource Center, near GMU, to reach sexually active high school and college students. Replaced the name of SLM Pregnancy Help Center with Fairfax Pregnancy Help Center. Began to explore the possibility of converting into a medical pregnancy clinic.
SLM moved into a larger office space on Democracy Lane and merged the LifeChoices center and Fairfax centers into the Fairfax Pregnancy Help center.
SLM hired a registered nurse and offered our first ultrasounds to clients in our new Fairfax space on Democracy Lane. SLM also sold the Main Street location.
Kelley Wesley resigned after 18 years of faithful service at SLM. Stan Kellner was hired as the new CEO.
SLM moved the Alexandria pregnancy center to a larger space further south on Route 1 and began offering ultrasounds there also. We changed the name of our pregnancy centers to NOVA Pregnancy Help Centers and introduced a new client website www.novapregnancy.org . SLM also began the “Earn While You Learn” program for pregnant clients.
Stan Kellner resigned as CEO and Margery Williams, Alexandria Director, takes over the post. We expanded the medical team adding a third nurse sonographer to offer more ultrasound services in Alexandria.
A fourth nurse is hired and more medical service hours are added to our schedule for clients. Saturday mornings also begin as each center is open for 3 hours one Saturday a month. The Fairfax center moved to a new, larger space located across the street at 3919 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax.
SLM reorganizes as the Covid-19 pandemic shuts down the nation and world. We continue helping women in crisis pregnancies through virtual counseling sessions and by providing diapers, wipes and other baby items urgently needed. We also begin conducting “Earn While You Learn” classes virtually so clients can continue to expand their education as they prepare for baby to arrive.