Hope Clinic for Women

a Safe Place for Tough Choices

Nashville, TN   |  www.hopeclinicforwomen.org


Hope Clinic for Women fulfills a unique mission in our community: to equip women, men and families with unplanned pregnancies, women’s healthcare, prevention education, pregnancy loss (miscarriage, abortion, stillbirth, infant death , failed adoption/IVF) and postpartum depression. We provide medical care, professional counseling, education classes, case management, spiritual mentorship, and material support regardless of race, religion, age, or ability to pay. In 1983, Hope Clinic for Women began addressing the unmet needs of our community. Since then, we have established a strong reputation among clients, donors, and volunteers. Because of our approach we reach a diverse group of clients who cross political, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

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Principal Officer

Ms. Renee Rizzo

Main address

1810 Hayes Street

Nashville, TN 37203 USA

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Formerly known as

Crisis Pregnancy Support Center



NTEE code info

Personal Social Services (P50)

Health Support Services (E60)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Mothers in Davidson County who received adequate prenatal care has dropped from 56.5% in 2013 to 51.0% in 2016; and in 2016, the infant mortality rate of 7.5 was higher than the state's. We are fighting for women and families facing unplanned pregnancy to provide options counseling and factual medical support. Davidson county has the 8th highest rate in Tennessee for teens with sexually transmitted infections. The teen birth rate in Tennessee is 36 births per 1,000 females, ages 15-19, compared to the U.S. rate of 27 per 1,000. We are working to educate and diagnose and treat STDs to encourage healthy life choices for our clients. As of 2018, 61% of Tennesseans have experienced at least one Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE), with 27% experiencing had three or more. We want to support our clients facing issues related to trauma, depression, postpartum depression, among other mental health issues.

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 Services

All pregnancy services are provided free of charge and include: pregnancy tests, limited obstetrical ultrasounds, prenatal education and vitamins and access to our Bridge Program. We connect clients with a partnering OBs (who accept clients regardless of their insurance status) to obtain full prenatal care. Our Bridge program provides in-depth support through the following components: personal growth counseling, mentorship and education. Through participation, clients earn point-based material assistance for items such as maternity and baby items. Trained mentors help clients set personal goals, establish obstetrical care, assist with WIC, TennCare and food stamp applications and provide referrals as needed for housing/resources. Taught in partnership with Belmont University's School of Nursing, Bridge education classes include newborn care, parenting, emotional growth and budgeting.

Population(s) Served

With three staff therapists and a master’s level practicum internship program we provide counseling in four areas. Fees are charged on a sliding scale. Women's Issues Counseling addresses such topics as: coping after an STD diagnosis, healthy relationship skills, healthy decision-making, and understanding the impact of prior sexual abuse or trauma. Pregnancy Loss Counseling assists women who have lost a pregnancy due to miscarriage, stillbirth, failed IVF, failed adoption, etc. Post-Abortion Counseling seeks to lift shame and isolation that may arise after experiencing an abortion through individual, couples, and group sessions. Peripartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders*: 10-20% of new mothers deal with PPD. If left untreated, PPD can have long-term effects on women, children and the family as a whole. *formally known as Postpartum Depression. Men’s Issues recognizes a unique need for men whose partners are facing an unplanned pregnancy. We have a male therapist to provide support with couples or individual counseling in preparation for parenting.

Population(s) Served

Tennessee ranks 11th highest in the US for STDs (with Davidson among the highest counties). A recent CDC study reports young people ages 15-24 have 4 times the reported STD rate. Through presentations and small groups, Hope Clinic educates adolescents about the short and long term emotional, spiritual and physical benefits of abstinence and the risks involved in early sexual activity. Our Prevention team is comprised of Sexual Risk Avoidance Educators, who are certified through the national organization, Ascend, in Washington, DC. This comprehensive curriculum uses evidence-based strategies and integrates positive youth development, builds protective factors, and provides youth with a safe place to ask questions and receive medically accurate information. Our educators also provide training for parents that equips them to talk with their children about sexual activity, risky behaviors, online and cell phone usage, and bullying.

Population(s) Served

Through our Women’s Healthcare Services we provide women’s well visits, STD (including HIV) testing/paps and any counseling follow-up required/requested with a difficult prognosis.Medical care is provided by Nurse Practitioners and RNs to address the most immediate, critical concerns a client has when coming to Hope Clinic.  Approximately half of our clients test positive for a sexually transmitted disease and must then face what can be a frightening journey with managing a chronic illness such as Herpes, HIV, Chlamydia or Syphilis. We walk with them on this journey providing treatment, education and professional counseling.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


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.

Pregnancy Services: Provide practical services (case management, education classes, professional counseling, medical care) for women facing unplanned pregnancies; with attention to abortion minded women and underserved/underinsured women from moment of pregnancy verification through child’s first year.

Counseling: Provide excellent and affordable counseling services for women, men and couples dealing with pregnancy loss (miscarriage, infant death, stillbirth, abortion, failed IVF and failed adoption), postpartum depression and anxiety, and related issues (new parenthood adjustment, healthy relationships, sexual addiction and pornography) through one on one counseling, groups and weekend retreats helping people in their immediate crisis and providing the tools to equip them for the future.

Prevention: With a competent and diverse team, provide medically-accurate, dynamic, age-appropriate and effective Sexual Risk Avoidance education and referrals, as needed, to youth, parents, and youth staff in the Middle Tennessee area with collaborative and recurring partnerships with area agencies, schools, and churches.

Medical: Provide women’s health services and education in the form of annual exams, STD testing, paps, and women’s health issues to promote increased knowledge and healthier lifestyle choices.

Pregnancy Services: We hope to accomplish our strategic goals through providing ongoing training to our volunteers and staff and informing our clients of the benefits of our Bridge program. We will follow up with all of our clients after a pregnancy test on the same day after a missed appointment and set appointments to meet their needs. We want to increase the variety of class topics we offer in our Bridge program and offer online options when transportation issues arise. We will also participate in community workshops to partner with other health-minded organizations.

Counseling: Increase training for all interns and counseling staff to be up to date with current counseling standards and assessments. We will track incoming calls and appointments and supply the team with any materials they need to best serve the client. Communicate across the organization and socially all of the offerings we have in our counseling department, especially post-abortion and pregnancy loss. Continue researching and pursuing continuous education on our core competency areas (perinatal mood disorders, pregnancy loss, post-abortion issues, sexual addiction, unhealthy relationships).

Prevention Ed: Recruit volunteer educators from new and existing pools to increase commitment of speakers. Update the presentations as needed to be most effective and relate-able for our audiences. Provide ongoing coaching to all presenters and report outcomes of each presentation. Collaborate with other leaders in the community to reach the needs of the adolescent community better.

Medical: 100% wellness reminders sent to client 1 month prior to the due date and insure confirmation of all medical appointments 24-48 hours prior to appointment. Document all no shows and cancellations and follow up with client. Establish contacts with other medical facilities to plan outreach opportunities. Execute on those outreach initiatives at least twice a quarter.

Hope Clinic for Women has existed in Nashville since 1983 and has supported the pregnancy of over 12,000 women. Last year alone we served nearly 600 pregnancy women and their families through our robust team of registered nurse practitioners and licensed counselors. We continue to innovate to meet the needs of our clients through the addition of new programs and improved methods of receiving them. For example, we offer offsite medical services to meet the needs of those who cannot come to us and we offer online mentoring and training classes for mothers and fathers who cannot come to our facilities. We increased our capacity to be able to prescribe medication for anxiety and depression for our clients dealing with severe grief and trauma. We have upgraded all of our medical equipment to be able to offer comprehensive OB/GYN and Annual Physical care. We have a team of loyal supporters in the form of hundreds of volunteers equating to 5500 hours donated last year alone. We have over 1000 unique donors that provide 96% of our annual budget through their gifts and grants. We partner heavily with other organizations and medical facilities so we can continue to provide the best care to our clients.

Pregnancy Services:
- 1650+ clients served onsite in the 2018-2019 fiscal year
- Only 4% of total operating costs were covered by client fees
- 360 babies were born through Hope Clinic
- 600+ pregnant families supported: 80% of positive Pregnancy tests returned for a follow-up visit, 83% chose life for their child, 1/3 of all clients accessed the Bridge program for free counseling, case management, education classes, and spiritual mentorship.
-500+ bridge classes offered

- 500+ counseling/mentoring (1:1) sessions completed in the 2018-2019 fiscal year
- 200+ clients came in for pregnancy loss, postpartum depression, and individual related counseling services

Prevention Ed:
- 450 unique individuals educated in 18 different locations
- 83% of surveyed participants said they were more committed to making healthier sexual choices

- 400 women came in for women's wellcare and problem visits
- 94% felt more informed about their health
- 92% committed to making healthier lifestyle choices


Hope Clinic for Women

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Hope Clinic for Women

Board of directors
as of 4/1/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Alyssa Hasty

Vanderbilt University

Term: 2019 - 2021

Board co-chair

Ms. Alyssa Hasty


Term: 2017 - 2019

Debbie Gilkey

Community Volunteer

John Jacoway

CEO of Southeast Financial Federal Credit Union

Amanda Cecconi

Founder and CEO of Punching Nun Group

Debbie Lassiter

Community Volunteer

Barbara Crawford

Pastor at St. Paul AME Church

Alan Sisk

Partner at Geny Insurance Group, LLC

Alyssa Hasty

Professor and Associate Dean at Vanderbilt University

Michael Duncan

Client Partner at Infor

Joy Styles

Recording Artist

Kenya Beverly

Contract Analyst at HealthTrust/HCA

Anthony Trabue

TriStar Centennial

Ronald Alvarez

Professor, Chairman & Clinic Service Chief at Vanderbilt University

Craig Martin

Heritage Medical Associates

Victor Silvestri

David Wasiolek

Nakisha Guzman