In 1983, five people sat around a table discussing the feasibility of offering women an alternative to the abortion clinic that had opened in Grand Chute, Wisconsin. One month’s donated rent for a tiny space on Oneida Street, faith, prayer, and a vision resulted in the founding of Fox Valley Mother and Unborn Baby Care. This crisis pregnancy center would help women and their families make a choice for life at no cost.
When it opened, not everyone welcomed the crisis center, which widely advertised free pregnancy testing and attracted 135 clients in its first year. When founding president Gerald Saindon refused to network with the abortion clinic, well-documented difficulties followed, including intimidating letters and a bomb threat.
Some 30 years later, the ministry, now located on W. Wisconsin Avenue in Appleton, remains busier than ever. Their medical clinic, WomanKind, offers free pregnancy testing, ultrasound to verify pregnancy, Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) testing, Pap/pelvic and breast exams, education on adoption, abortion, parenting, and medical referrals. The clinic’s nurse has been welcomed into the public and private schools to educate students about sexual integrity, unplanned pregnancies and the risks of STDs.
The “Earn While You Learn” program supports mothers who decide to parent. The educational program answers many of the questions pregnant mothers have. Lessons, which are interwoven with biblical principles and are generally held on a one-to-one basis, include information on having a safe pregnancy, what to expect in childbirth, and how to care for a newborn baby. Other topics discussed include mother and baby bonding, child care, sexual integrity, discipline, child growth and development, and raising kids with character. With each hour-long lesson completed, moms earn “Mommy Money” that they can use to purchase items such as baby clothes, blankets, diapers, wipes, strollers, and baby furniture—all of which are donated.
Fox Valley Mother and Unborn Baby Care is financially supported through donations throughout the community. We are a 501(c)3 not for profit organization.