In 1980, two Christian women, Jo Anne Rohrer and Debi Sayer, felt a burden to help women who were faced with an unplanned pregnancy. With this vision, the first Miami Valley Women's Center (MVWC) opened in 1982 on East Dorothy Lane, providing free pregnancy testing and material assistance.
The MVWC moved to a new location in 1990 after purchasing a 1,500 square foot house on South Dixie Drive. A support group for single women and mothers of pregnant teens began, and in eight years the services outgrew the small house.
The Worth Waiting For abstinence program, in partnership with Dayton Christian Schools, was developed in 1991. Students were trained to share the message of abstinence with their peers through dramas in school assemblies.
In March of 1998, the ministry purchased, debt-free, a former medical clinic with 7,700 square feet of space. With the help of hundreds of volunteers, the center opened its doors for clients one month later. The new space allowed the MVWC to expand services to include basic medical assistance, additional support programs for men, instructional classes, and a mentoring program.
Then, in the fall of 1998, New Beginnings Center, a pro-life center in Huber Heights, petitioned the MVWC to continue their outreach. That November, they became a satellite of the MVWC. Since then, this satellite has offered much needed services to the Englewood, Vandalia, and North Dayton communities.
A third office, in Xenia, was established in October of 2000 when the Greene County Crisis Pregnancy Center merged with the MVWC. In May 2001, a 5,700 square foot facility was purchased debt-free and renovated to establish a strategic hub of services in the Xenia, Beavercreek and Bellbrook areas. Since then, the Xenia center expanded its services to include groups, classes, and limited ultrasounds.
In 2000, prayer was reinforced as the foundation of the ministry and the driving power for all that was hoped to be accomplished, so a Prayer Chapel was designated at the Kettering Center. At all of our centers, prayer continues to be our foundation in relying on Christ to lead this, His ministry.
The desire to reach men and teach them to take responsibility to be good fathers and to be supportive of their children was realized as the Men's Ministry was officially established in 2001. Male volunteers are available at all three centers to talk with the partners of our clients and mentor expecting fathers.
This same year, the abstinence outreach expanded to include weekly mentoring programs for Junior High girls in the schools as well as an after school program for girls in Greene County.
In 2003, in an effort to reach the clients for Christ, to disciple them in a consistent manner, and to get them into a local church, a new staff position, Evangelism and Discipleship Director, was added
After purchasing additional office space for the Huber Heights location in December 2007, services were expanded to include limited ultrasounds and the men's program.
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