Her husband, Rick Parker, who was also working at the center on Thursday, said a major focus of the ministry is “saving lives of the unborn.”
In addition to offering counseling to pregnant girls and women, the center provides testing for sexually-transmitted diseases for women and men, teaches about abstinence in local schools, assists mothers and babies during the first two years of a child’s life through the Mommy Money program, and much more.
“This is a ministry for people who will probably never go to church,” Brenda Parker said. “We are able to share Christ with people.”
The women’s center is funded largely through donations and depends on volunteers.
Shaffer is the only full-time employee there. There are also three part-time workers and about 30 volunteers. She said more volunteers, including counselors, will be needed at the new facility.
The new building will have the same telephone number: 608-0100.