By Tessa Redmond
The New Hope Pregnancy Center, a multi-site pregnancy support ministry in northern Kentucky, offered a visitation experience for local women’s ministry leaders to see firsthand 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 in pregnancy, infant care and parenting. Women who join the program are matched with a mentor who meets with them for one hour a week to work on the teaching materials. And after completing 14 weeks of classes, mums-to-be receive a free car seat and crib.
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 fatherhood program
Daryl Mullins, pastor of Butler Baptist Church, explained how many men who accompany their partner to New Hope don’t 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 team up for couples counseling. As a couple who married early and had a baby soon after, Mullins said they can easily relate to the young couples who come to New Hope for mentoring and parenting classes.
Counseling Abortion-Prone Clients
Many women who consider abortion are motivated by fear, according to Angela Helvy, director of the Covington center. It’s his job to “see why there’s pressure there,” Helvy said.
Part of counseling clients about options 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 staff 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 the participants towards the end of the tour – by the end of college, Gohs had aborted 3 babies and only started the healing process much later in life.
Because 1 in 4 women have an abortion before the age of 45, New Hope seeks to provide resources for post-abortion women in the form of counseling and Bible studies. And they hope to help local churches that lack the resources to help women in their congregations heal from past abortions.
The sexual risk avoidance program
New Hope staff and volunteers teach the Choosing the Best curriculum to students in grades six through nine at 15 Covington area schools.
The federally funded program uses fun themes, games and activities to teach children about their value, consent, setting boundaries and making informed decisions. Several sexual risk avoidance educators have demonstrated these lessons, including one that used a helium balloon and a basketball to explain the difference between infatuation and love.
Karen Class, executive director of New Hope, said women’s ministries leaders are “the backbone of the church,” so the pregnancy support center invited them to discover the resources that he gives.
“These are the worker bees,” Class added. “We need their support and we can help (them). How many of these women need our help after abortion, support, care, healing and restoration? »
Feldkamp added that the involvement of local churches in what New Hope does shows how “their money and their prayers are put to good use.”
The class hopes the immersive tour will inspire local churches to get involved in what New Hope does.
“It’s exciting to be part of a ministry where we’re involved in saving babies, strengthening families and sharing the gospel, and we would love for them to join (and) be part of it,” Class said. .
To learn more about New Hope Center, visit giveforhope.com.