The Kansas City Chiefs mascot attended the annual fundraiser for the Pregnancy Options Center of Warren County in Warrenton, MO.
You are not alone. The Pregnancy Options Center of Warren County stands by this statement as a promise to families facing unexpected pregnancies and the challenges that come while learning to parent.
Supporters of the Pregnancy Options Center joined together Oct. 26 to “Help Mothers Win” during its annual fundraising banquet held at Child Evangelism Fellowship in Warrenton.
Robin Olsen, chief executive director, said in opening remarks that the center will continue to offer encouragement and support to its clients and show moms-to-be they can have a baby and a future, too.
Nick Ross and his wife Kelly Sincup returned to share an update on their family since last year. Both are recovering addicts and report they have been clean for 18 months. They are thrilled to report they have complete custody of their children and are working each day to grow a healthy family.
“I always wanted to be a mom, but I was lost in addiction,” said Sincup. “If there is a handbook on being parents, you get it here. They are family to me.”
Sincup said she now volunteers at the POC and provides the same support, care and friendship to its clients that she received when she first experienced its services.
Olsen said Ross “pops in the center” for someone to listen to his struggles or just to chat. He credits the center for helping to put his family back together.
“There are a lot of young parents that can benefit from the POC services,” said Ross.
Dan Meers, known as the Kansas City Chiefs KC Wolf, served as the POC banquet’s guest speaker. Meers often appears as a motivational speaker, sharing the ups and downs of being a Hall of Fame mascot. He has been entertaining crowds as the KC Wolf for more than 30 years.
“I’m paid to act goofy,” said Meers. “I wear a suit and tail, not a suit and tie.”
Meers said the POC is making an impact on the community. Involved in several ministries himself, Meers said he is very careful to make a deliberate decision in how he will spend his coin in life. Organizations he supports include The Global Orphan Project, Grace Mission Orphanage in Haiti and Convoy of Hope.
On Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, Meers came very close to losing his life. While he was performing his typical bungee jump and zipline across the football arena more than 200 feet above the ground, something went very wrong. He fell 70 feet onto the stadium seats, breaking many bones, shattering his tailbone and collapsing a lung.
“I’m extremely grateful to be alive,” said Meers. “I learned there is purpose behind the pain. Relationships are the most important, not things.”
Meers encouraged POC volunteers and supporters to continue to serve area families as they work their way through unexpected pregnancies and the challenges of parenting.
Meers is the author of two books, “Wolves Can’t Fly” and “Mascot on a Mission.” To learn more about him, visit danmeers.org.
Olsen reported some of the 2022 statistics for the POC. Nearly 300 people were served in the center’s parenting classes and Bible studies. Nearly 30 ultrasounds were performed and the same number of pregnancy tests.
The mission of the POC is to provide help, hope and healing to those in the community facing pregnancy choices. Free and confidential education, coaching and support services are provided.
The POC is located at 709 E. Veterans Memorial Parkway in Warrenton and can be reached by calling 636-235-1477. It is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 pm.; Friday by appointment only and is closed Saturday and Sunday.
To learn more visit pregnancyoptionscenter.org.