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What is the Light and Life Mobile Ultrasound, Inc.?
Light and Life Mobile Ultrasound, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) (pending) non-profit with the mission of assisting pro-life pregnancy resource centers (PRCs) throughout the United States in deploying mobile ultrasound ministries in their communities. Mobile ultrasound vehicles “Go To” women and meet them where they are, where they hang out and where they live. In cities and towns, both urban and rural, across the United States and around the world, our approach is simple: reveal truth via ultrasound at a time when a woman is in the decision making process. It is our mission to provide women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy the free opportunity to verify pregnancy via a limited obstetrical ultrasound and see their unborn child in order to make an informed life-affirming decision.
What is a mobile ultrasound vehicle?
A mobile ultrasound vehicle is custom engineered original equipment manufactured (OEM) and neutrally branded RV specifically designed for the purpose of performing limited obstetrical ultrasounds to verify pregnancy and allow a woman to see her unborn child. Each ICU Mobile is equipped with private exam room, ultrasound machine, counseling area and all the amenities normally found in an RV.
Why go mobile pregnancy center ministry?
For many women facing an unplanned pregnancy, gaining access to a free ultrasound to verify pregnancy and the life affirming truth it brings is more than a challenge, it‘s an impossibility. Pregnancy resource centers (PRC’s) and other like-minded ministries play a significant and active role but they are unfortunately bound by the foundation beneath their feet and the walls that surround them. Many women, especially in more impoverished urban and rural environments do not have access to transportation necessary to bring them to a PRC’s front door. Like it or not, many in the community are aware of the PRC’s position and do not have an incentive to visit a PRC until they have made a choice for life.
That‘s where mobile ultrasound ministry make a difference in the lives of women all across the country. Mobile ultrasound ministry brings a free ultrasound to women, meeting them where they are; with a well branded, effective and efficient ministry that brings Christ, the true light, into the world.
With the assistance of the Light and Life Mobile Ultrasound Initiative, mobile ultrasound ministries can impact women around the world to see the ultrasound light from their babies and the light of Christ and choose life both for their babies and new spiritual life in Christ.
What does my council have to do to get a mobile ultrasound vehicle for our local pregnancy center (PRC)?
The center must meet the faith, medical, insurance and fundraising components of the program.
I’m a PRC director. How do I get a mobile ultrasound vehicle for my community or my crisis pregnancy center?
Going mobile is the best way to extend the reach of your crisis pregnancy center, reach more women, save more babies and share the Gospel. You can email us at Contact section of our website.
Our local PRC is not Catholic – can it still participate in the program?
Yes, if it receives a positive Diocesan Evaluation from the local Catholic diocese. To receive a positive evaluation, the PRC must not engage in anti-Catholic proselytism (i.e., it does not attempt to lead Catholic women and/or men away from the Catholic Faith). Some pregnancy centers have Statements of Faith that are inconsistent with Catholic teaching. The pregnancy center’s Statement of Faith must be included in the documents submitted to the diocese. Policies regarding use and referral for contraception and abortion must not conflict with Catholic moral principles.
Will the program pay for training the staff to use and maintain the mobile ultrasound vehicle and equipment?
No, the program is only designed to raise ½ the costs of the mobile ultrasound vehicle. Shipping, taxes, installation, supplies, maintenance, training and insurance costs are to be handled by the pregnancy center. Often times, the center can find outside resources to help with these expenses.
What mobile ultrasound vehicle is appropriate for us to purchase?
As each mobile pregnancy care ministry has different client needs, the determination of what type of mobile ultrasound vehicle it should purchase is left to the center’s PRC director and board of directors. The Light and Life team has a list of available mobile ultrasound vehicle suppliers that is made available to the center’s PRC director and board of directors.
How much does the pregnancy resource center have to raise and how much does the local Knights of Columbus council have to raise?
The Light and Life Mobile Ultrasound, Inc. is designed to raise ½ the costs of the mobile ultrasound vehicle. The remaining ½ of the costs of the mobile ultrasound vehicle, plus shipping, taxes, installation, supplies, maintenance, training and insurance costs are to be handled by the pregnancy resource center. Once the PRC has selected a make and model and has obtained a manufacturer's price quote for the selected ultrasound machine, the local Knights of Columbus council must determine if it is capable of raising 50% coast of the mobile ultrasound vehicle within a reasonable period of time. If so, the council may begin fundraising.
Must a local Knights of Columbus council raise funds on its own?
Many do. But many other councils, with their state deputy's approval, team up with neighboring councils, with councils within their district, or with the state council, to conduct a joint fundraising campaign. Funds should not be solicited form other councils without the state deputy's approval.
If the pregnancy resource center raises less than half of the cost of the mobile ultrasound vehicle, will the Light and Life Ultrasound Initiative still match each dollar raised?
Can a donor get a receipt for his contribution for tax purposes?
The Light and Life Mobile Ultrasound, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit so donations made to Light and Life Mobile Ultrasound, Inc. are deductible by the donor to the extent authorized under law. Consult your tax professional.
How long will it take for a local Knights of Columbus council to raise ½ the funds?
Experience has shown that a relatively active Knights of Columbus council, especially in conjunction with other local councils, can raise ½ the funds for a mobile ultrasound vehicle in approximately 9 months.
How do you recommend our local Knights of Columbus council raise ½ the funds for a mobile ultrasound vehicle?
Some fundraising events that have been successful in the past include Light and Life “Local” Dinners sponsored by one or more councils at the parish hall(s) of their church(es), Light and Life Golf Tournament, Light and Life Gala, and baby bottle drive at local churches. For more ideas, please contact the Knights of Columbus Light and Life Ultrasound team at the contact information provided herein.