This week I had the pleasure of visiting the Pathway to Hope Pregnancy Care Center in Hamilton, OH. This organization has had an amazing year of growth and fulfillment of a vision that has resulted in the opening of a brand new spacious facility to minister to the needs of women and men in the community who are coping with the reality of an unplanned pregnancy.
The center provides pregnancy testing, obstetrical ultrasound, prenatal information and education, gently used clothing, formula, baby food, diapers, wipes, car seats, strollers, cribs, etc. as well as referrals for medical care, social services, adoption, and other community resources.
Another unique resource Pathway to Hope provides is Fatherhood mentoring. Men coaches are trained to walk alongside expecting fathers and share in their journey. The center is actively recruiting men to step into this role as a mentor.
Parenting classes, bible studies, and other gatherings are held in this portion of the building.
Counseling occurs in these comfortable rooms.
Moms are also blessed with free professional photographs with their baby after birth by local photographer Cassie Herrmann.
Today, I was blessed to participate in an adoption hearing as the photographer. I had never been in a court room for an adoption, and it was really a beautiful event to witness. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house, including my own, which did make it tricky to take pictures there for a minute! Please take a look at these photographs, and grab a tissue.
And then the tears started to flow...