Northeast Indiana Christian Action Council Educational and Charitable Fund, Inc.

You Matter We Care

aka A Hope Center Pregnancy & Relationship Resources   |   Fort Wayne, IN   |  www.ahcfriends.org

Mission

A Hope Center exists to provide life-transforming services related to pregnancy and sexual integrity.

Notes from the nonprofit

We do have a strategic plan that is for our organization.

Ruling year info

1984

Executive Director

Ms. Jo Faulkner

Main address

3630 Hobson Rd

Fort Wayne, IN 46815 USA

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Formerly known as

Fort Wayne Crisis Pregnancy Center

EIN

31-1113254

NTEE code info

Personal Social Services (P50)

Health Support Services (E60)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

A Hope Center's objective is to lead people to Jesus Christ using the tools of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection testing, limited ultrasounds, Earn While You Learn, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, and Post Abortion Recovery. The model of our ministry is to walk alongside a mother and father who are expecting a child, support them, and give them the tools to have an abundant life. A Hope Center works to educate new parents on many issues such as safe sleep, infant CPR, living tobacco free, etc. in order to reduce the high Infant Mortality Rate that is prevalent in some of the zip codes that we serve.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Pregnancy & STI Testing and Limited Ultrasound

A Hope Center offers free nurse-administered pregnancy testing and limited ultrasound services. Education regarding pregnancy choices, STDs, and sexual integrity is offered with the pregnancy test. Positive test clients receive prenatal vitamins (administered by a nurse) and referrals for ongoing prenatal care along with healthy pregnancy materials and education. Ultrasounds are offered on a limited basis according to guidelines set forth by the medical director. Scans are performed for the purpose of establishing pregnancy viability.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

"Earn While You Learn" is an assistance-through-education program that empowers clients by encouraging responsibility, accountability, and diligence to work for "Bonus Bucks" earned at educational opportunities. "Bonus Bucks" are used in a "Bonus Room" client store to purchase beautiful new and used maternity and baby items by loving parents who are eager for education and proud of their accomplishments. Curriculum includes topics such as prenatal care, parenting, fatherhood topics, successful living, budgeting, and spiritual topics (for those clients interested in spiritual growth).To qualify for the program: Both men and women may enter the program who are expecting a child, or parenting a child under 12 months.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Women and girls

This program helps men and women who are struggling with issues surrounding the sometimes difficult emotional, spiritual, and physical consequences of an abortion experience. The program focuses on hope and healing available through the love of Jesus Christ.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Man-to-man, fathers are encouraged toward healthy relationships and responsible fatherhood. Men can expect to interact with an advocate who will use Fatherhood Initiative and parenting curriculum to help them in their journey through fatherhood. Group classes titled "24/7 Dad" and "Doctor Dad" also encourage and inform. Men receiving education will earn "bonus bucks" redeemable in our "Bonus Room" baby and maternity store for clients.

Population(s) Served
Men and boys
Parents

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

CareNet 1997

Heartbeat International 2009

National Institute of Family and Life Advocates 1993

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of service recipients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Men and boys, Young adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of partner churches

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of first-time donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year

Number of grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Motivated by the love of Christ, A Hope Center heals hearts and saves lives by providing free pregnancy services, resources, and education to nurture sexual, emotional, and spiritual health. We love Christ because Christ first loved us. We have the opportunity to get to know people who are struggling with an unplanned pregnancy and feel hopeless in their circumstances. Difficult emotional pain is sometimes expressed in rushed and pressured pregnancy decisions. We help clients in this situation with a message of hope, excellent medical services, and accurate options for education. Without judgment, we share the truth in love and promise to walk our clients beyond their pregnancy decisions.

The goal at A Hope Center is to care for our clients on a holistic level in the best way possible. To do this, we offer a wide array of services, including pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection testing, limited medical ultrasounds, the Earn While You Learn program, fatherhood mentorship, pregnancy loss support group, and post-abortion recovery support.

In 2018, A Hope Center started a Medical Mobile Ministry to help combat the high fetal and infant mortality rate faced by Fort Wayne. With the medical mobile unit, we can go to locations around Fort Wayne and Allen County where potential clients may not have access to medical care or transportation.

A Hope Center's services are free AND confidential; all HIPAA rules are followed as we are a limited medical facility.

A Hope Center uses programs like Earn While You Learn to educated parents and parents-to-be about healthy pregnancies, healthy relationships, infant feeding, CPR, safe sleep, etc. In exchange, clients are rewarded with bonus bucks that they can use to shop in our stores to "purchase" items such as diapers, wipes, and cribs.

A Hope Center employs 16 staff members and has over 30 volunteers that see clients, perform administrative tasks, etc. All testing is done by a PA, RN, or LPN. A nurse manager is on staff, and a volunteer medical director signs off on all testing, ultrasounds, etc.

A Hope Center also employs a social worker and strives to refer clients to any community resources if they need services not performed at the centers.

A Hope Center has been in existence for 37 years. During that time, operations have grown to three centers and a medical mobile unit. ABetter Business Bureau of Northern Indiana has also awarded a Hope Centeras a Charity of Integrity in 2019.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Women and men who are experiencing an unplanned or unexpected pregnancy.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Northeast Indiana Christian Action Council Educational and Charitable Fund, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 8/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jeremy Gayed

Ambassador Enterprises

Term: 2021 -

Jo Faulkner

A Hope Center

Greg Johnson

Parkview Health

Jeremy Gayed

Ambassador Enterprises

James Doty

Dulin, Ward, & DeWald, Inc.

Ron Walker

Westview Alliance Church

Scott Berry

Parkview Health

Joni Hissong

Parkview Health

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/12/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data