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Fresh Start Maternity Supports is operated by Fresh Start Support Services.
In September 2009, we changed our community name to Fresh Start Maternity Supports in an effort to have a name that better reflects the work we do—we are a maternity home that supports women of all ages as we offer a “fresh start”. Historically, people have struggled with the pronunciation and spelling of the name “Rehoboth”, and we feel Fresh Start Maternity Supports best describes us.
For over twenty one years, we operated out of Springfield, Ontario, as a Group Home. We added to our services throughout the years to include Support Housing and a Pregnancy Support Centre, located in St. Thomas. In the spring of 2010, with the approval of the Board of Directors, Fresh Start Maternity Supports amalgamated our services into one building, operating out of 118 Centre Street, St. Thomas.
The name “Rehoboth” comes from a well in Genesis 26:22, where Isaac said, “Now the Lord has given us room and we will flourish in the land.” The word “Rehoboth” is sometimes defined as “God has made room for all.”
Our Group Home was established in response to the need for a viable alternative to abortion for young women. The Christian community responded and enabled the house to be purchased in December of 1987, with a dedication service held the following April. Most of the furnishings and supplies were donated or purchased through donated funds. We were able to open our doors in April of 1988 and welcome our very first residents. Today, after 21 years of serving the community, most of the clients that come to Fresh Start have made the decision to give birth to their child. We support them through challenges related to addictions, mental health issues, abuse, and homelessness, and assist them with parenting and life skills training.
Support Housing was established in the summer of 1995, when the Board of Directors recognized a need and set out to fill a gap in the community. Support Housing offers semi-independent living for young women age 16 and over who have need of pre- and post-natal support, yet do not wish to live in a family style setting.
The Pregnancy Support Centre was established in June 2000. When the Board of Directors learned of the high teenage pregnancy rate in our area, they immediately decided to fill the gap once again, opening the Pregnancy Support Centre.