Community supports New Beginnings Pregnancy Care Center

4:53 PM, Apr. 7, 2014  |  Comments
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To date, New Beginnings Pregnancy Care Center, located at 365 E. Division St., Fond du Lac, has provided residency for 74 pregnant women in crisis situations, and their newborn children. All proceeds from the annual banquet held March 8, at the Knights of Columbus Hall will be used to meet the operating expenses at the maternity home. The evening included dinner, silent auction, live auction directed by professional auctioneer Rod Drendel, testimonials from past residents, and the raffle drawing.

The evening opened with welcoming guests and thanking all for their ongoing support of New Beginnings. Sponsors of the event were Ahern Mechanical, Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, Mid-States Aluminum Foundation, Inc. and New-Tech Marketing, Inc. Gratitude was also given for community contributions of donations and auction items.

Father Ryan Pruess, pastor of Holy Family Catholic Parish, gave the opening prayer and spoke in support of the vital services New Beginnings' mission provides and the commitment needed to assist at-risk members of our community, pregnant women and their unborn children.

The opportunity given women to make positive lifestyle changes is offered through the combined efforts of the executive director, resident assistants, board of directors, and a caring community. Three past residents spoke of how residency at New Beginnings changed their lives.

One woman stated she had parental support but she did not accept responsibilities and her parents did not want to enable her. Their use of tough love brought her to New Beginnings. She credits the rules she had to follow for the positive changes it has made in her life. She complied with rules of continual job searches that led to a position in which she was recently promoted to the company's corporate office. She is financially able to provide for her son and is engaged to be married.

Another past resident spoke of not having the support of both parents when she got pregnant during her second year of college. During residency she held two part-time jobs. Assisted by New Beginnings' director, she applied for and was accepted in the Working Families Grant Program at Marian University. She is enrolled at the University in the School of Nursing, as well as continuing a part-time position. She is grateful to New Beginnings for helping her realize her goals of raising her child and continuing her education.

The third woman has spoken in the past but wanted to thank people again for supporting New Beginnings, where women receive the help they need to change their lives. Residency, the assistance she continues to receive, and completing the CNA course is helping her to provide for her three-year-old son.

The evening closed with the raffle drawing. Winners included Mike Scharf $500; Steve Kolstad $200; Louis Andrews Jr. $100.

Guests were asked to save the date, Friday, Sept. 12, for the Golf Fundraiser to be held at Rolling Meadows Golf Course.

To learn more about New Beginnings, visit

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