The needs of women experiencing unplanned pregnancies have long been a concern in Lewis County. A group of pro-life Christians met in the mid-1980's to determine how they could open a crisis pregnancy center to help women. This early effort to organize planted a seed that bore fruit in the following decade.
In December 1991 a group of individuals met to discuss the possibility of a pregnancy resource center once again. A steering committee was then formed and met regularly for a year to develop a plan. A formal Board of Directors began to oversee the center in mid-1992, and tireless efforts of many volunteers eventually led to the opening of the pregnancy center at 604 West Main Street in Centralia in June 1993.
Initially, the ministry was called the ABC Crisis Pregnancy Center of Lewis County, an acronym for "A Better Choice." In the mid-1990’s the name was changed to Care Center of Lewis County, and the subtitle "Family Life & Pregnancy Resource Center" was added. In August 1998, the center moved to its current home at 1017 West Main Street in Centralia. Over the years, the facility has been remodeled and decorated by the hands of amazing volunteers. The front building houses client and nurse consultation rooms, a family-friendly waiting room, and administrative offices. The back building hosts the Care Closet, a conference room, a laundry room, apartments, and storage space.
In 2010, the Board of Directors made the decision to become a basic medical clinic offering pregnancy testing and pregnancy options education under the direct supervision of a Medical Director. After conducting a focus group, the decision was made to change the name to Possibilities Pregnancy Center, “A Place of Hope”.
Possibilities' services expanded to include free pregnancy tests, education on all pregnancy options (parenting, adoption, abortion), nurse consultations, prenatal and parenting education (Earn While You Learn Program), keepsake ultrasound, material support (diapers, clothes, baby gear), limited STD testing for women, post-abortion recovery, and Teens@Possibilities. All of these services continue to be free resources, thanks to the support of monthly donors, local churches, and community partners.
In 2018 Possibilities Pregnancy Center became Possibilities Women’s Center. While the change may seem subtle, it identifies one of Hope Happening’s most important goals – to meet the needs of the abortion vulnerable woman. Possibilities not only exists for pregnant women, but also for sexually active women and teens. We can make a difference in their lives before they face an unwanted pregnancy by providing them with compassionate care, services, and education now. You can view the client site here.
The Lord has blessed Possibilities throughout the years of ministry with various board members, directors, staff, and volunteers. His hand has been on this ministry, and His people have answered His call. He has built a community of partners passionate about hope happening in Lewis County!