Pregnancy Center Provides Customer Experience for Ministry Leaders “You Can’t Just Share the Stories”
By Tessa Redmond
New Hope Pregnancy Center, a multi-site pregnancy support ministry in northern Kentucky, offered a visitation experience for local women’s ministry officials to see first-hand what clients are offered during their visits.
Participants visited six stops to explore different facets of New Hope’s resources, which include medical services and material assistance.
Mentoring for women and parenting classes
According to Cindy Feldkamp, director of the Falmouth center, clients have access to more than 60 courses on pregnancy, infant care and parenting. Women who enter the program are matched with a mentor who meets with them for one hour a week to study the teaching materials. And after having followed 14 weeks of course, expectant mothers receive a free car seat and cradle.
Between four centers, New Hope works with more than 30 mentors who invest in the lives of clients. Feldkamp added that mentors ask to share the gospel with clients, who are free to refuse. The centers offer 6 week Bible studies to those who are interested and connect clients to local churches.
The paternity program
Daryl Mullins, pastor of Butler Baptist Church, explained how many men who accompany their partners to New Hope do not have positive male role models. In order to break negative cycles, Mullins and other fatherhood mentors give men a solid foundation to build on, “one brick at a time.”
“(We) meet them where they are and don’t judge them,” Mullins said.
Fatherhood classes explore boundaries, leadership, how to provide for a family, budgeting, discipline, and how to treat and respect a partner.
Mullins and his wife also tagged the team for couples counseling. As a couple who married early and had a baby soon after, Mullins said they can both easily relate to young couples who come to New Hope for mentoring and parenting classes. .
Counseling Abortion-Concerned Clients
Many women considering abortion are motivated by fear, according to Angela Helvy, director of the Covington center. It’s his job to “see why there’s the pressure out there,” Helvy said.
Part of providing option counseling to clients is guiding them through the process of fetal development and offering them an ultrasound to confirm the viability of a pregnancy.
The ultrasound room
“The sound of a baby’s heartbeat is a powerful tool,” said Terri Lynn Johnston, a registered nurse who performs limited ultrasounds for New Hope.
New Hope employees and volunteers call the ultrasound room a “miracle room” because a pregnant woman’s ability to see her baby and hear a heartbeat often inspires her to choose life.
Lori Gohs, director of the Crestview Hills center, shared her personal experience of abortion with attendees towards the end of the tour. By the end of college, Gohs had aborted 3 babies and did not begin the healing process until much later in his life.
Because one in four women have an abortion before the age of 45, New Hope seeks to provide resources to women who have had an abortion in the form of counseling and Bible studies. And they hope to help local churches that don’t have the resources to help women in their congregations heal from past abortions.
The sexual risk avoidance program
New Hope staff and volunteers teach the Pick the Best program to grades 6 through 9 at 15 schools in the Covington area.
The federally funded program uses fun themes, games and activities to teach children about their worth, consent, setting limits and making sound decisions. Several sexual risk prevention educators presented these lessons, including one that used a balloon full of helium and a basketball to explain the difference between infatuation and love.
Karen Class, executive director of New Hope, said that women’s ministry officials are “the backbone of the church,” which is why the Pregnancy Support Center invited them to explore the resources that he gives.
“These are the worker bees,” added Class. “We need their support, and we can help (them). How many of these women need our help with postabortion support, care, healing and restoration? “
Feldkamp added that involving local churches in what New Hope is doing shows how “their money and their prayers are being used.”
The class hopes the immersive tour inspires local churches to get involved in what New Hope is doing.
“It’s exciting to be a part of a ministry where we help save babies, strengthen families and share the gospel, and we would love them to join (and) be a part of it,” Class said. .
To learn more about the New Hope Center, visit givepourespoir.com.