Hope Women’s Center was initially founded as a small rural crisis pregnancy center in 1984. Judy Rothman, an RN, faithfully ran the Center for over 20 years. The Center earned a positive reputation in the Apache Junction and surrounding communities because of the consistent social services it has provided for the past 30 years.
In 2013, Hope Women’s Center expanded the ministry to at-risk women and teens by opening an additional center in Coolidge and merging with Steps of Faith in Phoenix. Steps of Faith had also been initially founded by RN Renee Culbertson, who had a heart for young pregnant women in crisis and wanted to provide them with an additional level of support.
Hope Women’s Center is a non-profit 501(c) 3 and relies on the support of many civic groups, schools, businesses, small foundations, churches and individuals.
The Center exists to engage, encourage and equip vulnerable women and adolescent girls by providing support for their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. In the process, Christ’s message of love and redemption is seen, as well as heard.
Over the last several years, the Center has broadened its mission and vision to meet the serious needs and issues that clients are facing in our culture and in our growing and changing community.
Hope Women’s Center provides services to women and teenage girls in any crisis situation. Whether faced with a drug/alcohol addiction, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, unplanned pregnancy, unemployment, homelessness, prostitution, rape, or family conflicts, trained mentors are available for one-on-one mentoring and to provide referrals and resources for our clients. The heart of our ministry is seen in our mentoring, Biblical counseling and education programs. We seek to build trusting relationships with our clients through ongoing mentoring and Biblical counseling sessions, through participation in our Education Program and through other community outreach events. Our three centers see a combined average of 200 clients per month providing them with more than 1,500 hours of service monthly. Our Phoenix Center also provides a children’s program, averaging 50 children per month in attendance. Our Coolidge Center is launching a similar children’s program in the Fall of 2014.
Hope Women’s Center is a ministry of Jesus Christ and exists as an extension of the larger Body of Christ. Many area churches support the ministry financially, with prayer and with volunteers and staff. The Center is a unique entry point for non-believing people to come in contact with the Body of Christ and to hear the Gospel. Many of the clients that we serve would likely never enter the doors of a church. We have the privilege of ministering to women and sometimes men, who because of their great physical, emotional and spiritual need, are very open to hearing and receiving the message of salvation.
We recognize that we are not the local church, but an extension of many local bodies of believers. Because of this we are actively seeking local churches to partner with us to receive, disciple and to knit our clients into their church congregations.
We are also actively seeking monthly financial support from our supporting churches, businesses, civic groups and individual donors in order to provide the vital programs and services that the Center offers the community, and to remain a strong, stable voice for the Gospel across Arizona.