Your donations have the ability to save innocent lives from abortion. Unborn babies and expectant mothers need your help!
Donating to our mission is easy through our secure, online payment portal! You can also mail your donation directly to our center.
Your donations help keep our doors open and allow us to provide our life-affirming services to women in our community free of charge.
I was nervous at first but the client advocate made me feel very safe and comfortable.
Quick and easy process. Loving and caring employees.
The staff was very nice and understanding. It made everything a lot easier knowing they were not judging and willing to help.
Options for Women St. Croix Valley, a Minnesota non-profit, was founded in 1987 with the mission to help abortion minded women choose life for their unborn babies. The first services offered were pregnancy testing, emotional support and minimal material assistance. Through the support of donors and our community, we have been able to grow not only our original mission but also the services we provide.
Today, our mission is to strengthen the lives of individuals and families by providing health, educational and supportive programs that promote life, foster human dignity and build community. We continue to provide the services, emotional support and material assistance needed by those facing an unplanned pregnancy to help them choose life for their unborn.
In 2003, we became a medical facility offering ultrasounds so that the women and men could see the life of their child in the womb. In 2007, STI testing and support for certain treatments was introduced to ensure optimal health for the mother and child throughout their pregnancy and delivery. In 2011, we began offering free, on-site prenatal care. All clients are eligible to receive our services until their child turns two. A goal at Options for Women is also to prevent unplanned pregnancy by providing educational opportunities in the areas of Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA), Fertility Education and healthy relationships.
Options for Women St. Croix Valley operates solely on the financial and material donations made from individuals, family foundations, churches and community organizations.
Announcing the Retirement of Options for Women
Executive Director Pat Burns
After 15 years of supporting women in choosing life for their unborn babies in the St. Croix Valley, Pat Burns, the Executive Director of Options for Women St. Croix Valley (“Options”) will retire at the end of May to spend more time with her family and pursue other interests.
Throughout her time at Options Pat has been the hands and feet of God to the women and their families who have passed through our doors. Pat is well known for the compassion and love she shows to our clients, many of whom still seek out Pat when they come back to Options. Indeed, in announcing her retirement to the Board, Pat stated, “there is so much to be thankful for, however, my greatest joy and accomplishment has come from working with the clients that have come through our doors over the past 15 years.”
Pat began with Options as a client advocate where she approached each client with love, understanding and acceptance. She helped to address all the needs our clients may have, whether it be housing, employment, mentoring or material assistance. Whatever assignment Pat was tasked with as a client advocate, whether it be mentoring, housing or client services, she found a way to improve and expand our client offerings.
In 2015, Pat was promoted to the position of Executive Director. She has flourished in this role being a beloved mentor and support for our staff. Pat has also taken every challenge thrown her way head on to great success. It was Pat that encouraged all at Options to “Be Bold!” As a result of her enthusiasm and vision, the center was relocated from a residential area near Stillwater Boulevard to a commercial area along Highway 36.
Due to Pat’s heart for our mission she has helped Options to connect with donors to obtain the funding for this relocation. In addition, Pat led the charge to increase our outreach to abortion-minded and abortion-determined women via a change in our marketing and client process. As a result of this training, Options has not only been able to reach these women but has been able to help these women choose life.
Pat was recognized for her dedication to promoting life and her outstanding work for Options when she was awarded the Sister Jean Therese Award, from Elevate Life in October 2019. The Options Board is so proud of all that Pat has accomplished and we will miss her dearly. But, we trust in God’s providence and know that He will send us someone to continue the work Pat has begun in building families and restoring hope for the women we serve.
Because of Pat's retirement, we are hiring for a new Executive Director. All interested candidates, see details to apply here.