CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. (KT) – New Hope Pregnancy Center is looking to make abortion obsolete through the services they provide to women and families experiencing unplanned pregnancies.
“New Hope Center exists to glorify God by demonstrating the love of Christ to all, ministering to the family as a whole and meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those who are served while upholding the sanctity of all human life,” said Karen Class, executive director of New Hope.
In 2020, across all four of their locations, New Hope saw 268 clients through 1,676 visits where they provided over 3,700 services ranging from ultrasounds and pregnancy tests to parenting classes and mentoring—and they gave over 20,000 diapers to clients.
“Our goal is that every family that walks through our door is ministered to,” Class explained. “We give them the hope, the help and the healing that they need.”
Class said ultrasounds are one of the most popular and powerful services for clients. One expectant mom came to New Hope for a third ultrasound, abortion-determined and emotionally detached from her baby, but then her little one started having hiccups.
“That’s what connected her to her baby, and she chose life after that,” Class said. “God uses those pictures in that ultrasound room to encourage moms (and) to change hearts.”
The mentoring program also has a lasting impact on New Hope clients.
“That’s where they’re hearing about Christ and lives are transformed,” Class explained. “We share the gospel with every opportunity we have, and we’ve had professions of faith.”
Angie Helvy, director of New Hope Covington, has seen firsthand how mentoring can change lives.
“I’ve seen a lot of lives saved just by speaking with (expectant moms) in that initial intake, by going through parenting classes (or) walking alongside them with their pregnancies,” Helvy said. “I’ve seen families come to know Christ as a result of getting to spend that time with them.”
New Hope serves a broad demographic, from inner-city teen moms to middle-class families who thought they were done having babies to churchgoers who recognize their need for healing after a past abortion.
Lori Gohs, director of New Hope Crestview Hills, knows first-hand the hurt of abortion. Now she mentors post-abortive women through New Hope’s abortion care program.
“It’s been such an instrumental part of my walk with Christ—becoming reborn and serving others and having other Christian women to support me, and to be able to support them,” Gohs said. “Getting involved 11 years ago was part of my healing.”
While New Hope has a great deal of support from local churches, Class would like to see those relationships strengthened. She believes that churches can take a stand for life by supporting local pregnancy centers.
“We definitely need the support of the church, as they’re the backbone of this ministry,” Class said. “We need their financial support, we need their prayer support and we need that partnership. And we need our churches to provide us with volunteers.”
Class added that believers can take small steps when it comes to getting involved with a local pregnancy center.
“Pray for us. Pray for more clients to come in the doors,” Class said. “Come take a tour at your local center. See how you can get involved. Maybe it’s stuffing envelopes. Maybe it’s mentoring. Maybe it’s answering the phone. Maybe it’s cleaning the centers. There’s a whole lot of ways to get involved.”
To learn more about New Hope Pregnancy Center, visit givingforhope.com.