Established in 2003, New Beginnings Pregnancy Center in Benton, Arkansas opened with a mission to assist pregnant teens identify resources to help support them during their pregnancy. Having since expanded to include all expectant mothers, New Beginnings offers ultrasounds, pregnancy testing, and material resources (diapers, wipes, and baby formula).
The hard working staff provides confidential counseling, parenting classes, and Bible studies to new mothers. Patti Snowden, New Beginnings’ assistant director said, “I just think that babies are the most precious human beings in the whole wide world…I feel grandmotherly towards the babies and motherly towards the young women.”
Executive Director, Janet Dixon, serves as a pregnancy counselling for clients, in addition to her role as executive director. She views her role to provide aid to women as both spiritual and practical for the women and their families.
Seeking to model unconditional love and acceptance, creative programs like diaper bag ministries help cultivate trust. Clients are able to select items—including the cherished, one-of-a-kind quilts and afghans—to fill a diaper bag after attending Bible study classes each week. Additionally, they can earn “Baby Bucks” by attending parenting classes and other activities, redeeming them for coupons on diapers, formula and baby clothes.
“No real money exchanges hands, but they have an accountability and a responsibility on their part,” Snowden pointed out. “It is a great incentive to them. Plus, for us, we get to know them, and they get to know us, and we build a relationship with these young women.”
Committed to helping women navigate their way through pregnancy, New Beginnings Pregnancy Center helps women and families discover a new beginning of their own.
Snowden said, “We are in hopes that what we do here will help change the trajectory of their lives—that they will see that they have a purpose and a destiny, and every plan that God has for them is a good plan.”
Source: Baptist Standard