MHP alumna Karen Alley serves as the director of the Tulsa Hope Pregnancy Center, a nonprofit ministry that provides free services to Oklahomans experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Karen is very passionate about her work because of her own experience with an unplanned pregnancy at the age of 15. She was scared and uncertain about what to do, or who to turn to.
With the help and support of her family, Karen enrolled in the Margaret Hudson Program in Broken Arrow at the beginning of her junior year in high school in 1983. She was the only girl in her class who made a plan of adoption for her baby. Though this was a difficult emotional time, Karen credits the Margaret Hudson teachers and staff for being very sensitive and caring. They were respectful of her adoption decision and supported her throughout the whole process.
Having walked the difficult path of experiencing an unplanned pregnancy has a teenager, Karen has always had a heart for others that find themselves in that circumstance. Years later, after marrying and raising a family, she began to feel a call to the human services field. She has worked with women and children in crisis at DaySpring Villa, women and children’s shelter and through ministries at her church – Crowell Heights Baptist Church, where her husband is pastor.
For the past four years at Hope Pregnancy Center, Karen has shared her story and offered encouragement to young people experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Karen says it is because of the help and support she received at Margaret Hudson that she can confidently share her experience and encourage others in the community.