Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What makes the Miami Valley Women’s Center (MVWC) different from other similar non-profits or Pregnancy Resource Centers?
A: Our founders and leadership have committed from its inception that the Miami Valley Women’s Center would be an evangelical ministry, presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ, proclaiming God’s love, and encouraging a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We do not receive federal funding or grant benefits that do not align with our mission, so we can freely share Jesus Christ to all we serve.
Q: How many clients does the Miami Valley Women’s Center serve?
A: In 2015, we saw over 3,000 clients at all three locations. We served over 2,700 women and over 400 men. In addition, the Abstinence Education Program reached 2,900 individuals; and Campus Outreach to students at Wright State, Central State, and Sinclair College made over 7,000 connections. Total, we supported approximately 10,000 clients or students within the Miami Valley.
Q: Who benefits from the Miami Valley Women’s Center?
A: The MVWC serves women and their families with life-affirming information and pregnancy-related care. Every service offered to clients is filtered through our mission to value life, support families, and to demonstrate Christ’s love. The mission to value life is fleshed out every day as we offer pregnancy testing and limited ultrasound. We are committed to the abortion-minded woman facing a pregnancy, by showing love through one-on-one options counseling which provides information on adoption, parenting, and the effects of an abortion – so that she can make the most informed decision for herself and for her baby. We educate and equip expecting moms and dads about childbirth, childcare, healthy relationships and parenting skills. We also provide material assistance in the form of baby items: i.e., cribs, mattresses, car seats, clothing, and diapers, just to name a few.
Q: Do we refer clients for an abortion?
A: No. We do NOT refer for abortion, but we DO come alongside women with the facts about abortion. Statistics show there are harmful effects to post-abortive women, and because we care for women’s health and safety, we do not recommend an abortion to any client.
Q: What do we offer to women who have had an abortion?
A: The Abortion Recovery Ministry (ARM) is a perfect way to demonstrate Christ’s love. ARM ministers to the man or woman who has experienced an abortion. This program offers hope and healing through a study that was specifically written and designed for the individual who suffers from a past abortion. 1 in 4 women are post abortive; and for them, there is hope, and there is healing through forgiveness and freedom that comes from Jesus Christ.
Q: Does an ultrasound impact a woman’s decision to choose life?
A: Yes! In 2015, over 600 expecting mothers received a pregnancy test and an ultrasound, and 9 out of 10 of those women chose life for their babies!
One client told us she “never thought she would consider an abortion”, but she had five children, and a sixth pregnancy confirmed through a test at the MVWC. Questions and fears flooded her mind, but she agreed to stay for an ultrasound. Within moments, she learned she was 17 weeks pregnant, and while watching kicking legs and wiggling arms on the ultrasound screen, she said with tears in her eyes: “I CAN do this!!”
Ultrasound is a critical element to a life decision!
Q: Do we educate our clients regarding adoption?
A: Because we are advocates for life decisions, we will provide adoption referrals for clients, but we are not licensed to set up adoption plans; so we refer clients to agencies and attorneys in the Dayton area.
Q: Does the Miami Valley Women’s Center offer preventive programs in the community?
A: A vital part of our Community Outreach includes Abstinence Education. We currently partner with 19 Dayton schools who allow us to deliver interactive health class presentations to their junior and high school students. The impact of Worth Waiting For lasts a lifetime and saves students from hurtful and broken relationships and prepares them for the future. In addition, we provide two mentoring groups: GIFT (Giving Insight, Friendship and Truth) and STARS (Self-Respect, Truth, Accountability, Responsibility and Success).
Equip 4 Life is a student-led organization at Wright State University, and Central State invites us weekly to set up an information table in the cafeteria or student commons. These campus connections allow us to inform students about the services we offer, so that no woman or man needs to choose between education and parenting!
Q: What other programs does the MVWC offer to clients?
A: DREAM: Although we intervene in the moment of a crisis pregnancy, in this program, we work back toward the problem of sexual choices and equip women with the skills to build healthy relationships. Sexual bondage can blind a woman from finding wholeness and freedom, but the Dare To Realize Every Action Matters program teaches a woman that her past does not determine her future, and she CAN own a NEW path to sexual integrity.
Discipleship: Through this program, a client can meet with a mentor one-on-one in a nonjudgmental atmosphere. Clients search for answers to their questions or grow deeper in their faith with God.
Silver Linings & Journey of Hope: We demonstrate Christ’s love by offering Silver Linings to those who have experienced some type of infant loss either through miscarriage, stillbirth, or an infant death. Journey of Hope provides support to a parent that finds out their baby has a fatal birth defect. Each program allows women and their families to share their heartaches and fears, and gently guides them through a grieving process and on to recovery.