Living Hope Women's Centers is a non-profit ministry that started in October of 1997. After a moving pro-life sermon at a local church, God laid upon the hearts of several women the need for a crisis pregnancy center in the White Mountains communities of Arizona.
At that time our founder, Dinah Monahan, also felt God’s calling to start a crisis pregnancy center (CPC). Dinah had started many CPCs in small and rural communities throughout the years. She’d directed a center and for six years taken pregnant young women into her home. Then for eight years her life took other paths. But God was bringing her back to her heart.
We started under the umbrella of a local medical mission, sharing a room with them in their facilities. We saw about 10 clients a month. We had little in the way of pre-natal or parenting instruction and had no lesson informing clients about adoption. Yet that first year we facilitated three adoptions, two of which were formerly scheduled for abortions.
Soon after we began, the need of housing for unwed moms became apparent. We placed young women in private homes but felt the real solution was a maternity home. After two years God separated us from the medical clinic and we moved into our own location in November of 1999. The facility was perfect for our needs! God even threw in a home in the basement! Five months later in April of 2000 “Hope House” was opened as we took in three young women.
The original Hope House was not fancy but it served our purpose. In the summer of 2002 a Christian woman who supported our ministry offered us a home in the pines for a fraction of its value. It was a small, two-bedroom home full of potential. With the help of many volunteers we transformed it from a dark and dreary place to one of cheerful light. We then received a grant for $20,000 from the Lutheran Woman's Missionary League and Helen S. Boylan Foundation enabling us to add on. The addition was completed in October of 2004. We are now able to house three young women comfortably and can also house pregnant women who have a small child.
After we got things running in Show Low in Navajo County, it became apparent that Apache County needed their own clinic. The nearest town in our neighboring county is 50 miles away. We were getting many clients for pregnancy tests but they would not return for parenting classes. So in June of 2000 we opened the Springerville Center. In March of 2002 we were given a home to use, rent free, as our Center! It took a great deal of work to get it ready for use but the community pitched in and we are grateful for their support. We were very excited to open our Whiteriver Center on the Apache Indian Reservation in August of 2005.
Since our early years we have developed our “Earn While You Learn” program and have extensive pre-natal and parenting classes as well as counseling. This program is now widely used in crisis pregnancy centers across the country and allows clients to earn internal “Mommy Money” or “Daddy Dollars” by taking classes. This money can then be spent in our centers’ Mommy Stores in exchange for baby clothes, diapers, maternity clothes, baby furniture, and more. We now have between 350 and 400 visits a month.
We are a ministry made up largely of volunteers. Currently the paid positions at Living Hope Women’s Centers are: Executive Director, Ultrasound Program Director, Hopeful Treasures Director, Hope House Mother, Bookkeeper, Corporate Clinic Director, and Clinic Directors. We could not do everything we do unless we had the dedicated support of volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, please click on Volunteer at the top of this page and request a Volunteer Application using the Contact Us form included.