by Deb Couture
Aspire Now/Aspire Together has dreamt of having a Mobile Clinic someday. With much help from the Knights of Columbus, R.R. Charlebois and many others, combined with four years of fundraising, that dream is now a reality.
The bus – named Laura after a former client – arrived on Thursday, August 25. The chassis was donated by R.R. Charlebois and the Knights of Columbus. The Mercedes Sprinter bus then went to Mission Medical Mobile in Greensboro, NC to be upfitted with Wifi, A/C, heater, lighting, leather seats, a large TV screen, lavatory, and an additional power source to keep the ultrasound and computers running while the van is off. In addition, the outside of the bus was wrapped showcasing the beautiful Vermont mountains and the red clover—our state flower.
“Laura” is equipped to provide all of the medical services (pregnancy testing, STI testing, ultrasounds) now provided in our Williston center, but with the flexibility to go to our potential clients. We plan to operate in Chittenden and Franklin counties.
This Medical Mobile Clinic will start its official commission after the Blessing of the Bus on Monday, September 19 at St. John Vianney Church with Bishop Coyne officiating.
Laura is a moving billboard that we hope will bring attention to the free services that we provide. We receive no state or federal money nor do we benefit financially from a woman’s pregnancy decision. We are here to give each woman all of the facts she needs. And no matter what she decides, we are here to support her.
The author is executive director of Aspire Now/Aspire Together Inc., a Williston-based pregnancy services center.