History & Timeline

WSHistoryTimeline

Our History & Timeline:
Early 2006:
TLC Options for Women (then Total Life Care, or TLC) defines the Northwest suburban area of Osseo/Maple Grove & Brooklyn Park as an area in great need of a pregnancy resource center.

October 2006: Planning meeting held at St. Albert’s Parish in Albertville. Agenda items include prayer, networking, finance, personnel, site/location, choosing an Executive Director, legal (filing state & federal paperwork), budget.

December 2006: First donation received from Mark Vogel & family
“Our family made a resolution this Christmas to all make a charitable donation to an organization that promotes life and helps women choose life in our area. I am proud that many of my eight children personally contributed, in significant amounts for them, to your cause…”

September 2007: Recruitment & informational meetings held
“Come and learn about what it takes to establish a lifecare center and Find out a role. People are needed to serve on the board, volunteer as office assistants, provide counseling, plan fundraisers, give presentations, etc… This new resource can only be created with the help of many people. Won’t you join us?”
Struggles were many in the beginning: Finding a suitable location.  Getting board members who were committed and engaged.  Getting our 5013c.  Setting up policies and procedures.  Getting volunteers.  Getting established in the community for funding and marketing.  Getting abortion minded clients to the center.  We succeeded through faith, perseverance and many dedicated individuals.

November 2008: WomenSource opens for 15 hours/week in Osseo, with Sharon Soderlund as Executive Director and a mission to save lives & Restore Hope to those Facing an Unplanned Pregnancy.

January 2009: We welcome our first client! We see just 26 clients in our first year.

June 2009: Our first Walk for Life is held in partnership with two other area pregnancy resource centers.

April 2010: Joanne Anders is welcomed as our new Executive Director; our first fundraising Gala is held in the fall.

May 2012: Receive ultrasound machine through the generosity of area Knights of Columbus, conducting 12 ultrasounds through 2012.

June 2013: WomenSource moves to our current location in Anoka, enabling us to reach far more clients as we’re now near a busline; we’re now open 19 hours/week. Client visits increase by 22%.

May 2015: We hire our 2nd employee to date, Joey Wegner, Marketing Manager; clients and supporters are reached through social media, video, mobile ads & posters at area colleges and bars/restaurants and more.

May 2016: WomenSource hires Jennifer Schuit, Client Services Coordinator, aiming to establish us as a premier comprehensive resource for our clients. Items include referral sources for abuse, adoption, housing, economic assistance, medical resources & more.

Present:  To date we have had over 2400 client visits, and taught over 1500 Step Forward classes on breast feeding, child development, healthy relationships & more.
We have provided 10, 857 items such as diapers, formula, high chairs, car seats & more to our clients. We’ve administered 418 free pregnancy tests & conducted 133 ultrasounds.
Since serving just 26 clients our first year, we’ve welcomed 276 new little lives and are grateful for each one of them.
Thank you to our dedicated supporters & volunteers! We could not do any of this without you!