SIDNEY — Tim Stonecash, director of development at Elizabeth’s New Life Center (ENLC), addressed a recent meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Sidney.
ENLC began in 1989, he said, as a volunteer ministry to meet the needs of women contemplating abortion. Founded by Steve and Vivian Koob and members of their church, ENLC has grown to include a network of services, including multiple, women’s-center sites, prenatal care, youth development and marriage enrichment programs.
“Our seventh women’s center is our new Mobile Women’s Center that travels to local college campuses,” Stonecash said. The Sidney facility is at 2579 Michigan St.
The Sidney office serves Auglaize, Mercer, Miami and Shelby counties. In 2015, there were 1,844 visits and 615 unique clients. In addition, 335 ultrasounds were performed. At ENLC, they take the “LOVE” approach: listen and learn, open options, vision and values and educate and empower.
They provide free pregnancy tests, free ultrasounds, educational classes and mentoring, material assistance and multiple boutiques. Around 90 percent of their funding comes from fundraisers and donations. More information can be found at www.ElizabethNewLife.org.