S.O.S. Grossesse Estrie: 30 years of expertise, help and awareness
This year, S.O.S. Grossesse Estrie is celebrating its 30 years of expertise. For this occasion, some fifty people who have contributed to the outreach of the organisation, including founders, donors, members and partners, gathered on November 29th. The team of S.O.S. Grossesse Estrie took the opportunity to officially launch its new website adapted to the new mobile technologies (www.sosgrossesseestrie.qc.ca.).
Everyone needs compassionate and non-judgmental listening
Since 1988, S.O.S. Grossesse Estrie has responded to more than 18,000 requests for direct help through telephone support, email, pregnancy tests, support in making a decision, and accompaniment.
S.O.S. Grossesse Estrie is the only community organisation recognized in the Eastern Township with expertise in the intervention and prevention of unplanned pregnancies. A free, confidential and non-judgmental help and listening service is offered to women and girls who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, or who are worried that they might be pregnant. These services are also offered to those who are close to them like husbands, boyfriends, parents, friends, and counsellors. Over the last 30 years, more than 301,000 people have been helped by the organization.
Because every woman has the right to choose freely
“Almost one in two pregnancies is not planned! Having a bilingual resource that respects the choice of each person who experiences an unplanned pregnancy, according to their values and beliefs, is essential!” shared Paskale Hamel, Coordinator of S.O.S. Grossesse Estrie.
To raise awareness, inform and refer is to help
Since educating is preventing, several prevention and awareness activities have been carried out in various organizations and schools, in addition to the intervention of the “Rubber Squad”—that represents over 283,000 people with increased awareness.
Since no contraceptive method is 100% safe, and anyone can be affected by an unplanned pregnancy, S.O.S Grossesse Estrie has been here for 30 years.