History of Door of Hope

Door of Hope: Our Story

Door of Hope began in 1988 as a vision of Sue Berg, an area homemaker and educator, to establish a crisis pregnancy center (CPC) to serve residents of Vernon, Crawford, and Monroe counties. After much study and planning by a small group of people, Door of Hope opened the doors of its first office in 1991 in Viroqua as an affiliate of the Christian Action Council, now Care-Net.

We began ministering to women, couples and parents in crisis pregnancies, giving them knowledge and support to enable them to choose life for their babies. Many children have been saved from abortion as a result and many young women have come to know the Lord and/or mature in Him.

Over the years we have seen a shift in the needs of the clients. Although there are still crisis pregnancies, not as many are seeking pregnancy tests or are in crisis over the initial pregnancy. Instead, a greater percentage of our clients are in desperate need of support through their pregnancies and early parenting years.

These needs led to the development of the “Progressive Parenting” program. This branch is designed to give the support and training needed throughout their pregnancy and to enable them to effectively parent their child while simultaneously teaching them to take appropriate responsibility for themselves and their child.

Excerpts of article written by Sue Berg
“Just a Piece of Paper”

Sue and her family were at a Bible Camp
where they met a older couple who
spoke of abortion and the tragic results
on a family. Sue was given a pamphlet
about Crisis Pregnancy Centers. It would
be months later she would finally read
about the Centers which encouraged
Pastors and Christians and the promises
in God’s Word from Joshua 1:9, Romans
8:14-15 and Philippians 1:6. In retrospect
Sue writes, “I marvel how the Lord
used a simple piece of paper
to help me make a commitment about life.”