What is Save the Storks?
Save the Storks was founded in 2011 to be an organization that provides state-of-the-art, innovative mobile medical units to local pregnancy resource centers across the United States. Our “Stork Buses” are equipped with a sonogram machine and volunteers who are able to administer pregnancy tests and offer sidewalk counseling. Through this unique partnership with these pregnancy centers, more long-term relationships are able to be established with women in need, providing them with the necessary resources and education to help them set out on the right foot toward motherhood or adoption.
Why are you using storks as the icon for your movement?
People have passed on stories of storks delivering babies for thousands of years. For us, a stork represents an expectant mother. Our ministry is focused on loving and serving mothers and not just children. It is by rescuing the mother that we also save her child. We wanted a provocative and approachable brand that starts a conversation in the right place. It’s hard to even talk about saving storks without smiling. Don’t believe us? Try it. For a more in-depth explanation, check out our Why Storks section
How can I be involved? Can we get a Stork Bus in our area?
There are three main ways you can be involved in helping Save the Storks grow. First, tell your local pregnancy center about us. Let them know about the mobile units we provide, and ask them to go mobile. Second, spread the word about us and come up with a creative way to raise money. You can see what others have done and find a list of suggestions here
. Finally, you can help by raising awareness about Save the Storks. Wear our t-shirts
, put our bumper stickers
on your car, share our stories on Facebook and Twitter, and tell your friends about Save the Storks. All of these things will help spread the message and help people join us in our mission to empower mothers and save the lives of unborn children.
Where do you speak? Can you come to my church or school?
During the summer months we travel around the country and speak at Christian rock festivals. You can see our summer tour schedule here
. We would love to speak at your church or event for any length of time if you’re along the route of our tour schedule. If you’d like for us to speak while we’re off tour, please contact us and we can talk about when we could schedule that and how much it would cost to fly a speaker in to your church or event.
If you live in or near one of the cities where we’ll be this summer on our tour and you would like for us to speak at your church, or if you are not on our route but would like more information on having us speak, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I volunteer?
Save the Storks, as a growing non-profit organization, always welcomes help from anyone in the Colorado Springs area who would like to volunteer time at our office. If you live in the area, send us an email and we’ll put you on our contact list for our volunteer days: email@example.com
If you don’t live in the Colorado Springs area but are still wondering how you can help, consider volunteering at your local pregnancy center. This is where the frontline of the battle lies, and you can also share with them your enthusiasm for saving storks!
Where does my donation go?
As a not for profit organization, Save the Storks relies on the generous donations of people like you to operate and to fund the mission to save storks all over the United States. The founders of the organization, Joe and Ann Baker, don’t take a salary from Save the Storks. Instead, they are financially supported by their other for profit businesses that they own. The majority of donations we receive go towards purchasing stork buses. A small portion of the donations (less than $3,000 per month) goes to fund our small office, one employee and office expenses.
Who do you work with?
Save the Storks builds buses for pregnancy resource centers and organizations that are gospel-centered in their approach to caring for abortion-minded women. We don’t send buses to organizations that don’t have any resources to offer or that are not willing to counsel women with the gospel.
How does your partnership with pregnancy resource centers work?
Our desire is to provide crisis pregnancy centers with Stork buses to be an extension of their ministry. This enables them to meet with women right at the door of an abortion clinic, instead of waiting for women to come to them. It is our partnership with nationally known pregnancy centers that makes us a complete ministry. Without the resources, support, and follow-up ministry that the pregnancy centers provide, we would be doing women a disservice. Abortion-minded women who decide to keep their children often need counseling, discipleship, a loving community, food, formula, clothing, diapers and so much more – all provided through local pregnancy centers. By having buses run by pregnancy centers, we are able to place Stork buses in more cities. If your pregnancy center is interested in getting a Stork bus, please fill out our application
What types of services do you give to moms who decide to parent?
Local pregnancy resource centers use our buses to connect with women outside of abortion clinics. For the mothers who decide to carry their babies to term, the pregnancy center uses their own gospel-centered resources to counsel, mentor, and disciple the women as they prepare to mother their babies. This could be through adoption information, parenting classes, and connections with local churches.
Do you offer parenting classes? Is there a way we can encourage fathers to step up and be responsible?
We partner with pregnancy resource centers who have a vision for offering follow-up counseling and classes for mothers who choose to carry their babies to term. Often this includes training and encouragement for the fathers as well. It is up to each pregnancy center to determine how this training will happen.
What is a Stork Bus?
It is a medical vehicle equipped with a counseling area and a state-of-the-art sonogram machine, which allows us to counsel and minister to women and show them an image of their baby.
Does there have to be a stork and/or the words “Save The Storks” on the outside of the bus?
No. Although there has been no comprehensive data that suggests our brand does not work well with abortion minded mothers, if a pregnancy resource center wants a bus with something different on the outside, that’s okay with us as long it has quality artwork and branding. Most people see the Stork brand as something that’s loving, fun, and non-threatening, and therefore want to partner with us because of it.
How is the Stork Bus different from other pro-life groups who are at abortion clinics?
The sidewalk-counselors using a Stork Bus offer women a free pregnancy test and sonogram as well as alternatives to abortion in the welcoming, professional, state-of-the-art mobile unit. Our unit is designed to be a comfortable, spacious, confidential, and safe place for them to come and talk.
We desire to show Christ’s love and compassion to every person we come in contact with, whether it’s the abortion-minded mother, the abortion doctor, or a security guard. Through a partnership with And Then There Were None, we are able to offer a three-month financial grant to any abortion clinic employee who wants to leave the industry. We don’t yell in anger, we ache with grief. Because of this, we stand with open arms and offer hope and grace to those who take part in performing abortions.
Who makes the Stork Bus?
Our Stork Buses are designed and built by the certified sprinter conversion company of Mercedes-Benz. They are the best of the best when it comes to converting a Sprinter van into anything. We’ve set up an exclusive contract to protect our brand. With Mercedes-Benz on our team, we know that we are going to fly.
How much does a Stork Bus cost?
Stork Buses cost about $100,000 each. However, with an effective fundraising campaign and your generous contributions we are able to significantly lower that price. So, we not only help pregnancy centers raise the money by creating good marketing for them, we also help them pay for it.
Why is the bus interior so extravagant?
When a woman boards a Stork Bus we want her to feel loved. We want her to know that we care. This may be the darkest day of her entire life and we want to provide a safe, comfortable, non-threatening the atmosphere. For this reason we have gone the extra mile. We want every woman and girl to know that God cherishes her beyond belief and we want to work with pregnancy centers that have this same mentality.
What are the advantages to a Stork Bus instead of an RV?
An RV works as a great tool if you want your unit to be as large as possible. We are designing an ultrasound fleet full of buses that are as small as possible to be state-of-the-art, non-intrusive, and space-efficient. Our vehicles easily fit within one single parking space and can be driven by anyone with a normal state driver’s license. We have found that our smaller vehicles are more efficient and conducive to sidewalk counseling. Since these vehicles are completely custom built, we have the freedom to add or take away any feature on the vehicle. In the end, we build it out to specifically fit the pregnancy center’s needs.
Why go mobile?
Jesus made it clear that we are to go to all the world and not wait for the world to come to us. Going mobile does just that. Many of the women who go to a clinic are not completely sold on abortion. Some are just waiting for someone to offer them a kind word of support for their pregnancy. Our ministry is also an outstretched arm to those in the abortion industry. We want them to witness our love and to be a beacon of light for them to turn to Jesus. Going mobile will also help pregnancy resource centers attract the more sophisticated donors who will see that the centers are using innovation to reach more women.
Is everything you do safe and legal?
Yes. Most states require that a certified sonographer give the sonogram, and within 24 hours a doctor has to be emailed the images and sign off on them. Each bus is a wifi hotspot, so the doctor usually sees the images within one hour. We work with pregnancy resource centers that sign off on obeying the law, and complying with whatever their state laws dictate. Once we make sure everything is legal, we hand the bus over and the resource center assumes all liability.
Do you use shame as a tactic for influencing the women to carry their babies to term?
No. We want to offer grace and kindness, forgiveness and gentleness to every woman who enters the bus for a free sonogram. These are the things we’re called to offer. When a woman walks into an abortion clinic with the intention of terminating her pregnancy, guilt and shame is a natural response. We’re there to accept and love each woman no matter what her choice is. We want to meet her with the good news that Christ takes the punishment for our sins and offers us forgiveness, grace, and mercy instead.
Does Save the Storks have a hotline?
We do not currently have a hotline. Our best suggestion is to call your local pregnancy resource centers for information about helping mothers and fathers in need.
Are you affiliated with a certain denomination or church?
Save the Storks is not affiliated with any church or political denomination. As an organization, we offer a biblical response to the issue of abortion, but are not affiliated with one specific denomination. Our ministry is modeled after the conversation that Jesus had with the Samaritan woman at the well.
Jesus was far more concerned about the woman’s thirst than her behavior, nationality, or religious affiliation. Though he called her out on her lifestyle, he didn’t dwell there; he brought the issue up to simply reveal to her how thirsty she was. And she was very thirsty. She was thirsty for love, kindness, forgiveness, and truth. Her deepest need was for fellowship with him.
We seek to offer each mother that we meet the same thing – an encounter with Jesus. We are not there to judge her for her desire to terminate her pregnancy, but, like Jesus, to offer her living water.
John 4:13-15 – Jesus said to her, “Whoever drinks this water will be thirsty again. Whoever drinks the water that I will give him will never be thirsty. The water that I will give him will become in him a well of life that lasts forever.” The woman said, “Sir, give me this water so I will never be thirsty. Then I will not have to come all this way for water.”