2023 Summer Nonprofit Spotlight: New Beginnings
The New Beginnings Pregnancy Center has been an Owen County staple since its opening in 1980, helping relieve the financial burden of caring for children in order to give clients the space to use that energy to be the best parents they can be. New Beginnings currently serves around 125 active clients, and on average, 50 client families per month. Families come to the center for material needs once a week or utilize one of many services available, including referrals for other community services, biblical counseling and free pregnancy testing, or make use of the Baby Boutique.
Mrs. Stacy Kristoff, Director of New Beginnings, wishes that the community knew that they are here for all parents and those caring for children, no matter their circumstances. During an interview with OCCF, Stacy remarked, “While reaching those in crisis pregnancy situations is the heart and mission of our ministry, we want to help all parents in our community. We are not a needs-based organization. People of any income level may utilize our services for their children at New Beginnings.”
New Beginnings Director Stacy Kristoff and board member Becca Anderson presented the 2023 New Beginnings Pregnancy Resource Center Abundant Life Scholarship to Kage Brown, Chloe Harris, and Kaylynn Paris
She also notes that although they are not a medical center yet, they are working hard toward the day when they will be ready and able to provide additional services at no cost to the client, including, but not limited to ultrasound services and STD screenings and treatment. This Fall, they plan to introduce another program, a support group for parents wading through the troubles of infertility.
Besides Stacy, the Board and staff are comprised completely of unpaid volunteers. There are so many great things happening at New Beginnings and so many ways to get involved. Anyone interested in volunteering should reach out by stopping by the New Beginnings office located at 189 S. Main Street in Spencer or by calling the center at 812-829-2229(BABY).