New center will help men prepare to be fathers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Carlos Pacheco was excited when he found out he was going to be a father. But at only 18 years old, he was also nervous.

"I didn't know what to do. I was unprepared. I didn't know what to expect and the beginning was rough," Pacheco admitted to 24 Hour News 8.

So one of the first stops for him and his wife Maria was the Alpha Women's Center of Grand Rapids, where they got everything from guidance to diapers.

"They've helped us prepare for (our son) Isaiah. They were able to give us the resources  Now that he's starting to walk, they're actually helping me in school," Pacheco said.

Alpha Grand Rapids is making room to help more young fathers like Pacheco. The organization is tearing down the building next door to the Women's Center off Division Avenue south of Dickson Street and building the Alpha Men's Center, the first facility of its kind in the nation.



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