Nashville, TN 37203
Hope Clinic for Women fulfills a unique mission in our community: to equip women, men and families with unplanned pregnancies, women's healthcare, prevention education, pregnancy loss (miscarriage, abortion, stillbirth, infant death , failed adoption/IVF) and postpartum depression. We provide medical care, professional counseling, education classes, case management, spiritual mentorship, and material support regardless of race, religion, age, or ability to pay. In 1983, Hope Clinic for Women began addressing the unmet needs of our community. Since then, we have established a strong reputation among clients, donors, and volunteers. Because of our approach we reach a diverse group of clients who cross political, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Hope Clinic for Women was founded in 1983 by a group of community leaders, pastors, priests, physicians, and volunteers to meet the unique needs of women in unplanned pregnancies in a safe and confidential environment. For 35 years, we have continued that care while also broadening services to comprehensively meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of many women. Additionally, we support the important people in her life who are walking with her through the challenges she faces. 1983, began by offering pregnancy tests, options counseling by trained lay volunteers and free maternity and baby items. 1985, added post-abortion counseling services. 1998, developed abstinence education programs for public and private schools. 2001, hired a part-time Nurse Practitioner to provide ultrasounds, prenatal education and STD testing. 2007, added a male therapist to counsel the fathers of the baby and the parents of the pregnant woman. 2008, we opened a maternity home for pregnant women to live before and after delivery. The program is now in partnership with Urban Housing Solutions and other housing agencies. 2008, shifted all counseling services to professional counselors on staff or master's level interns. 2008, began utilizing trained volunteers to serve as mentors for clients. 2009, developed the Pregnancy 'Bridge' program to encompass counseling, mentorship, and education with incentives for material assistance. 2009, expanded post-abortion counseling to all forms of pregnancy loss including miscarriage, stillbirth, failed adoption/IVF, and infant death. 2009, added counseling for postpartum depression and anxiety. 2010, began recruiting volunteers to help reach the Hispanic community. 2014, switched to EMR (electronic medical records) and expand services to Williamson County. 2016, began offering counseling through video options similar to Skype for those who cannot get to Nashville location. 2016, began offering full women's wellcare visits for women with our Nurse Practitioners, overseen by Medical Doctors on our board. 2017, we began offering pregnancy related classes online and expect to expand our library to our core 10 classes in 2018. 2017, we began offering texting as a way to communicate to clients during office hours and in the evenings/weekends. 2020, added a mobile services team to reach populations who might otherwise not come into our clinic including populations experiencing homelessness.
For the last 35 years, Hope Clinic has been the premier place for women in unplanned pregnancies to go for comprehensive care: medical care, professional counseling, education classes, case management, mentorship, and practical support. In the last two decades, services have grown to include prevention education for youth and parents, women's well-care visits, all forms of pregnancy loss counseling and postpartum depression treatment. We treat everyone regardless of age, race, religion, or ability to pay. Our compassionate care ensures that both our clients and their babies are physically healthier and that women and their partners are emotionally healthier, making positive choices for their future. Accomplishments in our 2018-2019 Fiscal Year included: Providing care nearly 2,000 unique clients onsite and support to their partners, spouses, parents and families who joined them on visits. Over 900 pregnant families were helped (with many partaking in the resources in our Bridge Program), over 650 women came in for women's well-care and problem visits, over 100 counseling clients came in for pregnancy loss, postpartum depression, and individual counseling related services. Over 800 unique individuals were educated with our Sexual Risk Avoidance education program from 18 different locations. 100% of clients surveyed: felt treated with respect, over 99% would refer a friend and return for follow-up services. 98% of clients surveyed felt more informed. 95% of clients surveyed would make healthier life choices. Received $1,330,000 in cash-based donations from over 1000 unique donors. We recorded over $83,000 in donated maternity and baby items. Primary Goals for 2019-2020 (not an exhaustive list): Provide 700 Pregnancy Tests with 80% of returning clients to receive an ultrasound or follow-up visit. Of the 400 women we hope to provide Bridge Program assessments to, we hope 50% will join the program and 50% will graduate after the baby's first birthday. We aim to provide 180 initial counseling assessments with 120 intakes, offer two outreach activity to share our programs. Prevention Education: Educate 800 youth, parents, and youth workers in the community while maintaining 6 volunteer facilitators for this program. Serve 600 women through well-woman exams and problem visits. Complete 4 health fairs a year on community related topics.
We need time, talents and treasures. Hope Clinic has managed an incredible client growth with a minimal amount of operating increase. This is largely due to the wonderful commitment of faithful work study students, interns, practicum students, and volunteers. Nearly 8,000 hours are donated to our clients each year. We need women AND men of all ages (typically 21 or older) to serve either with our clients or behind the scenes. Also, 96% of our budget comes from the donations we receive. Our pregnancy services are completely free, from the clients' first visit through approximately the child's first year of life. Medical Care is provided for a nominal fee and counseling is offered on a sliding scale. It takes financial donations of all sizes to meet this budget. Our pregnancy clients earn points to receive much needed clothing and material support during and after their pregnancy, so in-kind donations are always in demand. And finally, we have many expenses that could be eliminated if a donor wanted to donate their time to cover an area that is currently paid for. There are many ways for donors of all capacities to support this work.
When I arrived on staff in 2004, my main goal was to begin tracking quantifiable data to ensure that each and every client that walked in the door received the same level of professional care. We also added measurable outcomes before that was a common request from fundraisers. We find it critical that our clients leave here changed, more equipped, more mentally healthy and more self-sustaining than when they arrived. That is combined with all the post-visit survey results and client comments we track. We want to be sure our client's voice is heard. We want to be sure our investors are getting their money's worth. We want to be sure what we do matters and helps the community of Middle Tennessee. In the last 16 years, we have seen incredible growth in client numbers, partnerships with agencies, hospitals and universities and have increased the depth and breadth of care our clients need while staying true to our mission. It is always our aim to be collaborative, and to provide our care with compassion while partnering in the community and passing clients on when appropriate.
|Primary Category:||Human Services - Personal Social Services|
|Secondary Category:||Health Care - Health Support|
|Tertiary Category:||Health Care - Health Care NEC|
|TN - Cheatham|
|TN - Davidson|
|TN - Maury|
|TN - Montgomery|
|TN - Robertson|
|TN - Rutherford|
|TN - Smith|
|TN - Sumner|
|TN - Williamson|
|TN - Wilson|