Why Go Mobile?
If you work with a pregnancy center you are on the front line of the pro-life movement and we’re incredibly thankful for the work you do! We exist to help you do your work more efficiently and effectively.
We want to help you go mobile because we believe doing so is one of the most effective strategies for reaching abortion-vulnerable mothers. We’ve seen it profoundly expand the reach and increase the impact of pregnancy centers all over the nation. These mobile pregnancy centers minimize the distance and roadblocks between you and the women who most need your services.
A Commitment to High Quality
We’ve conducted years of research and development to create a beautiful and innovative Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) to meet the needs of women in vulnerable pregnancies. We start with a Mercedes Sprinter bus and tailor the design to your specification. Efficiency is key. The Sprinter is the lowest-maintenance, highest-quality, most-environmentally-friendly, and cheapest-to-operate vehicle in its class.
A Commitment to Low Cost
Save the Storks makes quality affordable by raising funds and providing grants for our affiliated pregnancy centers. Grants received by Save the Storks affiliates average $30,000 and offset the cost of purchase of the MMU as well as operational costs.
The Stork Bus
An exterior that invites expectant mothers inside
Every square inch of each Stork Bus is custom designed for you—right down to the exterior design, or “wrap.” Because the wrap is the first thing a pregnant mother sees as she approaches your unit, a good design makes the difference between whether she steps inside or not.
We’ve researched what’s appealing to women who are in vulnerable pregnancies and what’s likely to turn them away. We’ll put our expertise and our high-end designers to work for you to create the most inviting and welcoming wrap for the women in your community.
An interior you have to see to believe
When people step into a Stork Mobile Medical Unit, they’re amazed at how beautiful it is. The interior design communicates professional functionality as well as maximum comfort to immediately put clients at ease.
All Stork Medical Units are equipped with exam table, restroom, multiple seats for counseling, work space for sonogram machine and technician, multiple monitors and media inputs, a built-in iPad dock, internet connection, soft lighting, a mini refrigerator, air conditioning, and plenty of storage space. We’ve packed a lot in.
Why we chose the Mercedes Sprinter
Save the Storks partnered in an exclusive contract with Mercedes-Benz to build mobile pregnancy centers using a Sprinter chassis.
Here’s why we love Sprinter buses
FedEx uses tens of thousands of Mercedes-Benz Sprinters versus other vehicles for good reason: They’re built to last. Sprinters come with an impressive warranty and exceptional track record. FedEx reports that their Mercedes vehicles have little to no engine or transmission problems until they put more than 300,000 miles on them!
The Sprinter is equipped with a Mercedes-patented Blue Tech Power Train Engine, making it the most environmentally friendly and lowest cost-per-mile vehicle of its class. The higher initial cost of a Sprinter is offset by the inexpensive maintenance costs of using it.
Big Enough to be Fully Functional
The Sprinter Van is the smallest vehicle we’ve found that adequately serves the purposes of a mobile pregnancy center. A slightly larger Sprinter Bus offers even more space and functionality. The interior is designed to use every inch of space and meet all the counseling and medical needs of a mobile pregnancy center. Both Sprinter selections are comfortable, cozy, and inviting.
Why We Don’t Use RVs
According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards, the fiberglass structure of an RV cannot be altered in any way. This means that every RV must have a shower, a stove, and even keep its built-in microwave. These presented severe limitations to our vision of building a space-efficient mobile medical unit.
Many PRCs have gotten zoned out of entire towns due to RV lemon laws, vehicle-length restrictions, and even noise violations (for loud generators). Some municipalities will do anything to keep pregnancy centers from going mobile, and RV retrofits give them too many “built-in” opportunities to keep pregnancy centers away from abortion-minded women.
Most RVs get less than ten miles on a gallon of gas. Several centers have lamented to Save the Storks that they’re spending more than $500 a week on gas to go mobile with their RVs. And then there are the maintenance costs of an RV. RVs are much more expensive to maintain than smaller units.
Stork Bus Support
Save the Storks works tirelessly to support pregnancy centers so they can go mobile. We support you in the following ways:
When you make the decision to go mobile, you won’t be alone! A Storks mobile consultant will guide you through every step of the process. We’ve been doing this for years, and we’ve discovered through trial and error what works and what doesn’t. Learn from our mistakes! Allow us to provide you with the counsel you need as you choose a mobile strategy, design your mobile unit, navigate legal restrictions, and communicate with those who can help you with funding.
We are deeply invested in your success because we succeed when you succeed.
For more information, email our pregnancy center liaison, Jessica, at [email protected] or call (866) 639-0479 ext 729.
Going mobile is a powerful step in the right direction. But if no one knows your MMU is on the road, no one will show up to benefit from your services.
You must have a good marketing strategy, a strong message design, and powerful media tools to work with if you’re going to draw a crowd when your MMU shows up.
We provide marketing expertise as a value-added part of our Stork Bus affiliation process. And for those who want more, our team will provide further marketing consultation and production work.
Marketing is critical.
We’re good at it, and we want to help you be good at it, too.
It’s that simple.
For more information, email our marketing specialist, Marcie, at [email protected] or call (866) 639-0479 ext 2.
Save the Storks raises money through the generous gifts of Stork Partners and other donors. But we don’t really think of them as donors. We think of them as investors– investing in the work that Save the Storks and our affiliate pregnancy centers accomplish together.
Nearly all of our affiliates receive grant support from Save the Storks. Grants are offered and assigned on the basis of need and current availability.
For more information, email our pregnancy center liaison, Jessica, at[email protected] or call (866) 639-0479 ext 729.