The CPC Women’s Health Resource centers were first organized in January of 1986, when a small nucleus of concerned Northwest Ohio people came together in an attempt to meet the needs of women/couples who were in unplanned pregnancy and were looking for some support and assistance. The organizers began with a phone hotline and took calls from women who needed pregnancy testing. In July of 1986, the first center was opened in Bryan with Mindy Schaffner, who was then the Williams County Health Commissioner, as the acting director.
A few months later, Linda Payton became the full-time executive director, and shortly after that, in January of 1987, expanded the ministry to a second office in Wauseon. She remained director for 8 months until she married and moved out of the area. In September of 1987, Judy Van Wagner became the executive director and remained in that position until January, 2014. Mark Pitman assumed the role of director at that time and remains in that position today.
In December of 1987, the ministry opened a center in Defiance. In February of 2013, the ministry expanded again with a center in Napoleon.
The free services initially provided were pregnancy testing, material assistance, and spiritual and emotional counsel. Over the years, the services have expanded to include limited obstetrical ultrasound, sexually transmitted disease/infection (STD/STI) testing for men and women, Earn While You Learn parenting classes, birthing classes, and breastfeeding classes. The ministry is staffed with approximately 100 volunteers, as well as part-time staff. Together, they are responsible for the day-to-day operation and providing the services of the ministry. Many volunteers also help to keep the operating costs down.
The Board of Trustees comprises community members who have a heart for the unborn and a love for those who are in need of a savior. All are residents of the Northwest Ohio four-county area. They represent many different walks of life. The board is responsible to help give direction and vision to the director and the ministry as a whole.
The CPC is funded completely by individuals, churches, organizations, and businesses. We receive no government funding for the ministry portion of our programs.
The Project Respect program stressing healthy life choices began in the fall of 1987. The first classes were offered as a pilot in 4 area schools, with money received from a State Education Department grant. There were less than 1,000 students in those classes, but with grants from the federal government, the numbers increased before the allocations began to decrease. In 2009, with less than half of the previous allocations, over 8,000 students were taught about the value of making good choices and respecting themselves and others. If you should like to become a supporter of this program that speaks words of hope, encouragement, and healthy living to teens, their parents, and local educators, you may go to Project Respect’s website.