In the spring of 1997, Sue Anderson shared her vision with Frederick Boulevard Baptist Church to reach out and help abortion-minded women in St. Joseph, Missouri. Frederick Boulevard responded by financially supporting this new ministry. Work began immediately, committees were formed, documents were signed, supplies were bought, and Sue Anderson was hired to be the first director. In November 1998, the “Heartbeat” ministry opened its doors in the basement of Frederick Boulevard. The first abortion-minded client was seen, and Heartbeat was well on the journey of serving women in crisis.
Over the next eight years there were location changes and director changes, board members and volunteers increased, and the baby-bottle fundraising campaign began. During this time, there were ongoing discussions of Heartbeat becoming a medical clinic.
In March 2006, Heartbeat changed its name to St. Joseph Pregnancy Resource Clinic and was incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit incorporation. To meet the needs of the community growth and changes, St. Joseph Pregnancy Resource Clinic opened its doors at its new location: 1502 North 36th Street, Suite C, in St. Joseph, Missouri.
In 2009, St. Joseph PRC purchased an ultrasound machine and offered on-site ultrasounds to all women considering abortion. Currently 84% of women who are abortion-vulnerable choose life after viewing their child on the ultrasound screen.
We have an incredible opportunity to effectively communicate to today’s generation of women who are abortion determined. St. Joseph PRC has incorporated into its process the Optimization Tool: a medical-model, linear system of service. By using this linear model we have optimized our medical operations 20 – 60%, providing pregnancy testing, limited ultrasounds, and STD testing for abortion-minded women. As we provide these services, we have an opportunity to be with these women during their medical services, providing tangible assistance and counseling on their pregnancy options. Every patient has the opportunity to engage in a spiritual conversation with an advocate, which includes a Gospel presentation.
In all that we do, the foundation of St. Joseph Pregnancy Resource Clinic is the hope of Jesus Christ. Whether through an Earn While You Learn parenting class, pregnancy screening or an ultrasound, our desire is to share the love – and the hope – that Jesus Christ offers. The future keeps getting brighter for St. Joseph PRC as lives are touched and lives are saved . . . one at a time.
St. Joseph Pregnancy Resource Clinic is affiliated with state and national organizations that assist us in upholding high standards of care and excellence in the delivery of services.