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 opened in 1982 on East Dorothy Lane, providing free pregnancy tests and material assistance.
In 1990, a 1,500 square foot house was purchased on South Dixie Drive and the center moved to that location and began a support group for single women and mothers of pregnant teens. In eight years, the services outgrew the small house.
In 1991, in a partnership with Dayton Christian Schools, the Worth Waiting For abstinence program was developed. Students were trained to share the message of abstinence with their peers through dramas in school assemblies.
In March of 1998, the Center purchased, debt-free, a former medical clinic with 7700 square feet of space. With the help of hundred 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.
In the fall of 1998, New Beginnings Center, a pro-life center in Huber Heights, petitioned the Miami Valley Women’s Center to continue their outreach. That November, they became a satellite center of the Miami Valley Women’s Center. Since then, The Miami Valley Women’s Center has offered much needed services to the Englewood, Vandalia, and North Dayton communities.
In October of 2000 the Greene County Crisis Pregnancy Center merged with the Miami Valley Women’s Center to create a third office in Xenia. In May 2001, a 5700 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 has expanded services to include groups and classes and now offers 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 to 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.
The abstinence outreach in 2001 was expanded to include weekly mentoring programs for Jr. High girls in the schools as well as an after school program for girls in Greene County.
In an effort to reach the clients for Christ, to disciple them in a consistent manner and to get them into a local church, in 2003 the position of Evangelism and Discipleship Director was added to staff positions.
December 2007, a new office was opened in Huber Heights allowing room for Ultrasounds to be performed, the men’s program and other much needed space.