Crossing pregnancy center continues to grow

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MANITOWOC – It’s been a big year of change for The Crossing of Manitowoc County.

First, the nonprofit opened The Crossing Home to provide housing for young women who are pregnant, with young children, or both, earlier this year. This fall, the group moved its medical and support services from two buildings to a single site in the former Red Cross building at 205 N. Eighth St.

The centre, which helps around 300 women making more than 2,500 visits a year, has moved with the aim of providing better service to clients by combining services into one space while separating medical services from others, private parking adequate and more visible installation. to the community.

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The Crossing, which is based in Christianity, opened in 2006 and offers free pregnancy support, counseling and education services. The organization receives support from various religious entities in the Manitowoc area, including members of St. Francis of Assisi in Manitowoc, St. Peter the Fisherman in Two Rivers, and St. Thomas the Apostle in Newton.

“Our goal is to reach women, said Sue Tomasik, executive director of The Crossing. “Knowing that it takes a whole village to raise a child, we work to help women adjust to the arrival of a child in their lives. Often when people learn they are pregnant, they may have a knee-jerk reaction about what to do. We give it a place to think about it and the education element to make an informed decision.

Pregnancy centers tend to evolve over time, she said, usually starting with support services and then moving on to help women meet other needs.

“We started seeing, what if she needed diapers or formula?” Tomasik said. “What if she needs food, toilet paper, or even a place to live?” »

Today, The Crossing offers a “baby shop” for mothers to receive cribs, bouncy seats, or other baby needs, and can also help with household needs.

Tomaski said they also use an “Earn While You Learn” program, in which women earn points for “shopping” by studying material and doing homework. They also earn points in other ways, like showing up on dates.

“We wondered if we were really helping them by just giving them alms? Tomasik said. “A lot of these girls thought they couldn’t do it, we want to help them become empowered and see they can do it.”

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