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Executive Director

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Heartbeat provides several resources and trainings that were created specifically for you, the Executive Director of a Pregnancy Help Ministry.

Executive Director resources available for you include:

New Director Training
Institute for Center Effectiveness
Staffing Essentials
A Vision for Your Organization

Salary Surveys
The Latest Reports and Publications
Take Heart (Encouragement pieces)

 

Board Member

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Heartbeat provides several resources and trainings that were created specifically for you, the Board Member of a Pregnancy Help Ministry.

Board Member resources available to you!

GOVERN Well
Center 360
Board Training (on-site)
Salary Surveys
A Health Assessment for your Organization
A Vision for Your Organization
Take Heart (Encouragement pieces)
Talking About AbortionTM

Starting a maternity or single-parent housing ministry

Maternal housing programs are a special part of the spectrum of services offered by pregnancy help organizations. Heartbeat is delighted that you are considering this ministry. The Scriptures are very clear that we must help those in need by meeting their needs.

For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat;
I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink;
I was a stranger, and you invited Me in (Matthew 25:35 NASB).

 

It is important to lay a good foundation in every ministry and this is certainly true for a housing ministry. You need to take the time to do things right and not just rush ahead in excitement. This work requires great faith and strength and planning.  Below are a few things to initially consider.

 

Five basic steps as you plan

1. Gather data and information on the needs in your community. Talk to other ministry leaders and understand their perceptions of “gaps in services.” Have a solid understanding of the existing resources in your area. Gather research on unique factors that affect your community.

2. In light of what you've learned, begin to write down your vision and how you see it unfolding. Be as specific as possible.

Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets,that the one who reads it may run. For the vision is yet for the appointed time;it hastens toward the goal and it will not fail though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay (Habakkuk 2:2-3 NASB).

  • Who will you serve? How long can they stay?
  • What type of activities are going to happen in the home?
  • What type of property do you think you will need?Who will you serve? How many are you planning to serve? Give the age group and types (i.e., pregnant, single parents). Write these things down.

3. Make plans to visit existing programs. See what other housing ministry locations and programs may be in eistence already by visiting the Worldwide Directory. Just type in your city or zip code and it will show you the life-affirming organizations that already exist in your area. 

4. Look for a small group of people to work with you as you plan. Eventually, these people could be the beginning of your Board. It is often a small group of key visionaries who set the cornerstones of the vision in place, recognizing that changes will be made along the way.

5. Be aware of the regulations that govern the work. In the US, a 501(c)3 and/or fiscal agent relationship is necessary to receive tax deductible gifts. Understand state-level guidelines that impact housing organizations. Research the city-level regulations related to being a “group home” or having a “special use.”

6. Start working on a budget. Initial resources may be thought of as Seed Money (funding to begin the ministry) or Capital (funding for purchase of large ticket items like a property, vehicle, computer network, etc). Over time, you will prepare an Operating Budget to outline the annual expense of running the ministry. As needed, begin learning about fundraising strategies and create a fundraising plan.

There is much that could be said. We look forward to walking with you as you begin this journey. Housing is a beautifully messy ministry filled with life-changing relationships. It is your opportunity to change the life of others…and be changed in the process! Welcome to the maternity housing community!

Housing resources:

  • A Vision for Your Organization
  • Maternity Housing Essentials
  • Affiliate with Heartbeat International and Join the National Maternity Housing Coalition
  • FREE Webinar on 10 Things to Think About in Starting a Home
  • National Maternity Housing Coalition Facebook group
  • Loving and Caring: www.lovingandcaring.org 
  • National Christian Housing Conference
  • Contact Mary E. Peterson, Housing Specialist for Heartbeat International at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We pray God’s blessing on you as you consider this very important ministry of the pro-life community.

Abortion Recovery

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If you have a heart for the ministry of abortion recovery, then you share the Lord’s desire to see women and men healed and restored from an abortion experience.

Abortion creates trauma. Post-Abortion Syndrome (PAS) is the condition occurring in both men and women after the abortion experience due to unresolved psychological and spiritual issues. PAS is actually a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a commonly recognized condition that often follows traumatizing events such as witnessing an act of violence or experiencing a natural disaster. Patterns of long-term emotional disorder include: depression, grief, anxiety, helplessness, despair, sorrow, lowered self-esteem, distrust, hostility, dependency on alcohol/chemicals/food/work, guilt, sexuality problems, self-condemnation, weeping, emptiness, distrust, frustration, insomnia, nightmares, dysfunctional relationships, flashbacks, anger, fear of rejection, bitterness, un-forgiveness, fear of commitment, and the inability to form close relationships.

Theresa Burke, PhD, founder of Rachel's Vineyard and co-author with David Reardon of Forbidden Grief: The Unspoken Pain of Abortion says the following:

"Post-abortion healing is a specialty unto itself. The average psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker or counselor of any other academic stripe who does not understand post-abortion issues can often inflict more harm than good on the unsuspecting woman. Many may believe they have enough insight to help, but unless they have had additional training, they often don't. Certainly, if your thoughts and feelings become so overwhelming that you feel you can no longer cope, seek professional assistance immediately. But generally, I encourage you to take the time to find one of the growing numbers of professional therapists and experienced lay counselors who have received special training in post-abortion healing."

Abortion Recovery helps individuals overcome the emotional trauma and spiritual issues experienced after an abortion. Workshops and programs are usually free and are available through local pregnancy help centers, churches and national organizations. Abortion recovery programs should address the following to help participants heal from an abortion experience; grief, guilt, anger, depression, fear, un-forgiveness, shame and defense mechanisms. Teaching on the love, mercy and grace of God should also be included so that healthy reconciliation can occur.

If you desire to start a workshop or group, you can be very effective in serving as a facilitator with the appropriate training and preparation.

Here are some thoughts to keep in mind if you decide to start an abortion recovery program.

  • Understand the regret of abortion touches people deeply – emotionally and spiritually.
  • Choose yourself to participate in an abortion recovery program to receive and/or confirm healing for any past abortion regret.
  • Commit to be non-judgmental.
  • Be able to facilitate participants’ movement towards goals while recognizing that person’s healing process involves their own commitment to the process.
  • Have a desire to serve and minister to others (not looking for recognition or for fulfillment of personal needs).
  • Be able to create a healthy balance between caring for the group members and limitsof responsibility for someone else’s actions.
  • Be eager to learn and to realize that everyone is at a different place on their emotional and spiritual journey.

Recommended Heartbeat Resources

  • H.E.A.R.T. (Healing the Effects of Abortion Related Trauma)
  • H.E.A.R.T. Leader's Guide

Here are more resources to help you get started:

If you’ve experienced an abortion or participated in the decision making process, you may be struggling. Click here for resources available to help.

Please contact ministry services for further assistance at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Medical Services

 

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If you have a heart for integrating medical services or expanding medical services in existing programs your pregnancy help organization offers, we are here to assist you in making that transition.

Many organizations today offer, are adding, or at least are contemplating medical services. Other established medical organizations are taking the basic model a step further, by adding STD/STI testing, Abortion Pill Reversal, , natural family planning, prenatal care, birthing centers, and well-woman care. Some are becoming “hub” medical pregnancy help organizations and are encouraging others to refer clients to them for ultrasound and other medical services. The medical community represents natural contacts with our pregnancy help organizations, as we partner to bring a more positive, life-affirming and holistic approach to the care women need.

Before adding medical services, your pregnancy help organization must first lay the groundwork. The Medical Director (a D.O. and/or M.D) and other health care professionals are necessary for this transformation. In most cases the  organization would operate under the licensure of the Medical Director. In some states, pregnancy help organizations are included within the types of facilities that must obtain licensure.

In most states there is a designated agency such as a state department of health that is given the authority and responsibility for regulating health care facilities. You should contact this agency in your state to determine what specific licensure requirements are in place and whether they pertain to the type of facility you intend to operate. In states where licensing is required, a pregnancy help organization must comply with applicable regulations and must submit to periodic agency inspections. The scope and substance of applicable regulations differ from state to state.

An ultrasound tech, a trained nurse, or other trained health professional as approved by your state regulations and your Medical Director would perform the ultrasounds.

One thing is clear; offering relevant medical services increases the number of clients served. Only a medical diagnosis of pregnancy can truly answer the question, “Am I pregnant?” 

As a medical pregnancy help organization, you can provide on-site immediate services that will empower women to choose life. Primary among these services is ultrasound confirmation of pregnancy.

Often when supporters understand the impact of adding medical services they are enthused and increase their giving. Further, adding medical services can be appealing to new donors as they see the effectiveness and positive client outcomes. Some organizations have reported dramatic increases in their revenue over the years as they add medical services and communicate to their supporters the successes in doing so.

Recommended Heartbeat Resources

You may also wish to find a pregnancy help center in your area that offers medical services and tour their facility. They may be able to walk you through the transition quickly by sharing their process and their policies and procedures. For more information, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pregnancy Help Centers

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If you have a heart to open a pregnancy help center then you are among the many that have a desire to meet the need of women facing unexpected pregnancies. Many pregnancy centers exist today because of the vision that God placed in the heart of an individual like you.

Pregnancy help centers are non-profit organizations established by pro-life supporters that work to assist women who have an unexpected pregnancy. Most pregnancy centers are in the United States, however many have been established overseas. They’re usually affiliated with a pro-life Christian organization such as Heartbeat International. The pregnancy help centers provide pregnancy consultation, intervention and support; education and information on pregnancy adoption, abortion, sexually transmitted infections (STIs/STDs); services and referrals for ongoing needs. Some of the programs and services include medical services like ultrasound to confirm pregnancy and STI/STD testing.

5 Critical Questions to Answer First

  1. What is the specific need to address?
  2. What area and demographic needs to be served?
  3. Are any other organizations serving this need for this area/demographic?
  4. Is it possible to join or extend the work already existing?
  5. Can the community support this need?

We suggest checking Heartbeat’s Worldwide Directory or going to www.OptionLine.org, enter your zip code to see if/what other organizations exist in your area and network with them as you pursue starting a ministry so as to not compete with funding resources in the area. Often times we find that a group may wish to open a center in an area where another center has been strategically planning and praying to open. You may actually be the answer to another ministries prayer. Many states have coalitions of pregnancy centers and will be a good reference for you as you start, and then as you grow your center.

Recommended Heartbeat Resources

  • A Vision for Your Organization
    • This resource will help guide you through the necessary steps as you start a non-profit organization. A Vision for Your Organization will help you translate your passion into a plan for a bright future - or update your current vision. We encourage you to purchase this manual which will answer many of the important questions you may have.
  • GOVERN Well
  • The LOVE Approach

Heartbeat International is here to assist you. Affiliation is complimentary the first year for brand new start up organizations.  Click here to learn more about the benefits of affiliating with Heartbeat International.