History of Hope – Where we came from…
Hope Pregnancy Center began in 1987 as a vision of men and women from different denominational backgrounds, in response to the 1973 Supreme Court decisions legalizing abortion. They wanted to offer practical assistance to those experiencing an unexpected pregnancy.
In February of 1988, the Crisis Pregnancy Support Center, as it was called then, began serving clients in space donated by a local church. The center operated in that location for five years, ministering to nearly 2000 women during that time. In August 1992, the center leased a building on Commerce Street. This was our home until 1998.
Through the generosity of a Nashville couple, Hope Pregnancy Center purchased the building at 325 N. 2nd Street in Clarksville. With almost 5000 sq. ft. in which to operate, our services have grown to meet the needs of an average of 800 clients each year. Hours of operation increased from our original 20 hours per week to 34 hours weekly.
Primary services have always included pregnancy tests, pregnancy options information, referrals and peer counselor support. Over the years, we have added limited ultrasound scans, the Mom2Mom mentoring program, our Earn As You Learn incentive program, and the Hope for Healing post-abortion recovery ministry.
We are excited about the ways the Lord continues to grow and develop this ministry. In 2016 we anticipate the launch of our mobile ultrasound unit, increasing our internet presence, and more effective targeted outreach to students at APSU.