First Choice Clinic, Fargo North Dakota
Thank you for coming back this week to learn more about these centers. This particular center in North Dakota is eager to reach out to women ages 18-24. They provide an amazing amount of services, and have been gracious to share some testimonies of their clients.
True Choices How did your center get started?
FCC: It was started in 1984 by a group of Pro-life individuals who saw a need for a pro-life presence in
True Choices: What services do you provide or focus within your community?
FCC: FirstChoice Clinic, a nonprofit Christian clinic, provides education and healthcare services to empower individuals to make
True Choices: Sometimes the other side asks, "Are these centers helping solve the problem of unplanned pregnancies?" I think your center has an answer?
FCC: Yes, the clinic also has a prevention department called Make a Sound Choice (MSC) which teaches sexual integrity and abstinence until marriage programs to area youth. This program is designed to empower youth to live with sexual integrity for their entire life. In our culture we have seen some breakdown where the body is viewed as an instrument, and sex is viewed as recreational…that attitude speaks a lie about how we are designed as male and female. Sex has a noble virtue to it― for life and love. When our bodies are respected, and we speak the truth with our bodies, we find true freedom, happiness and authentic sexuality.
There is need within our community for our programs particularly because of the high concentration of young adults (those at greatest risk for abortion are those between the ages of 18-24 years of age) The Fargo/Moorhead area has a large concentration of young adults due to three major college campuses and several other educational facilities. The Clinic is blessed to network with Collegians for Life chapters on the three campuses. The students help in getting our brochures and
True Choices: With all these services, how many people come to you for help?
FCC: In 2005 our
True Choices: Amazing, what do you find to be your biggest need?
FCC: Our biggest need – prayer support for our clients who are struggling with a challenging circumstance and also that the ministry continues to follow God’s plan for serving in this region. In the last year – our board of directors and staff prayerfully considered a strategic plan to better serve the region. Our hope is to bring the services of FirstChoice Clinic to the rural areas of
True Choices: What is your biggest challenge?
FCC: Probably our biggest challenge is reaching our target audience, i.e., women at risk for abortion. It takes a tremendous amount of marketing and outreach to simply make people aware of our services. Our competition, the abortion centers, have a tremendous amount of marketing funds available for market research and advertising. We work with a limited budget – we need to wisely use our marketing dollars. Our biggest source of clients is word of mouth – from previous clients who had a positive experience at FirstChoice Clinic. This is wonderful, but we need to keep up with the new marketing areas that young people tap into, like internet advertising, web searches, and television and radio advertisements. It’s challenging to keep up with the changing trends and also to have the funding for a strategic marketing plan to reach our audience of at risk women ages 18-24.
True Choices: Do you have a recent success story that you would like to share?
FCC: We hear stories each day of how the clinic’s professional staff mentors, encourages and provides hope. The following are a couple recent testimonies clients have shared with our supporters:
“It was a night I will never forget…I walked down the hall into the bathroom where the home-pregnancy test sat waiting to be read. When I saw the bright pink strip, indicating a positive result, I thought my heart was going to stop. Surely, it must be a mistake. I was standing face-to-face with the cold, harsh reality of the consequences of my actions, and I didn’t have a clue what to do....
At the time, I had no idea what all was entailed in such a procedure…I wondered how I would pay for the abortion…and the more I thought about it, the question came to mind, who am I to deny someone else the right to live? God truly blessed me with a great resource in the FirstChoice Clinic. They nurtured me into motherhood. Many children are unplanned by their parents, but they are not unplanned by God. God’s purpose took into account human error, and even sin. While there are illegitimate parents, there are no illegitimate children. Romans 12:3 says the only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us.” - JTW – chose to be the best parent possible
“I am growing stronger in the Lord every day. I have experienced true freedom and joy and walk in grace. My son lives with his adoptive parents...I know I would have been supported if I had chosen to raise him myself, but if not for the support from the clinic I may have died in my grief. It was the hardest decision I have made, and the best one for me and my son. FirstChoice Clinic saved my life. Because of their support, I gave my life back to the Lord, and now have a heart for needy women who are in the place I once was. I support the clinic with prayers and small financial gifts. I believe if they had such an impact on my life, they can impact and change many lives”. GPN – chose the extraordinary choice of adoption
Web page: www.firstchoiceclinic.com
General Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive Director: Pauline@firstchoiceclinic.com
True Choices: One last question, what is your dream or wish for your center?
To expand the outreach of FirstChoice Clinic to communities throughout
N.B The Wash for Life is anxious for youth groups to help out this center, if you know of any churches or schools in North Dakota, encourage them to sign up to do a car wash for them!