A place with beautiful surroundings and a family-oriented atmosphere, Palmetto Bay, Fla. is situated on the shores of Biscayne Bay. It is a vibrant community of more than 24,000 residents and is now the home of Eve’s Hope, the newest pregnancy resource center in Miami-Dade County.
The new center offers pregnancy testing, ultrasound, options peer counseling, education, post-abortion help, and support.
The leadership team of this outreach includes Linda Rump, Michele Pedersen, Kris Menenez, and Martha Turso.
“Our aim is to educate her on all her choices,” Rump says. “Often, women cannot see beyond the immediate crisis. We help them look at the big picture and how things might look.”
Opening in June, five women sought help at Eve’s Hope in its first two weeks. The center is the only PHC in Palmetto Bay and joins 18 other life-affirming centers in the Miami-Dade County area, reaching a population of more than 2.5 million people.
Even as a new center, Eve’s Hope has big goals to put a major dent in the abortion rate in Miami-Dade. In 2011, there was one abortion for every 1.8 births in Miami-Dade County (32,341 births to 17,705 abortions).
Opening with ultrasound as a staple component of services is one piece of the puzzle. According to Focus on the Family, 87 percent of women who see their unborn baby on an ultrasound choose not to abort.
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Rump wants Eve’s Hope to be a haven where women can face their challenges and find the strength they need to make the best decision possible. Her ultimate hope? “Help women recognize their God given worth,” she says.
In addition, Rump wants women walking through the doors of Eve’s Hope to receive answers to their questions, help with their concerns, and referrals for additional assistance.
The founding board members have a simple outreach goal: connect with women who believe abortion is their only option. Rump says, “We recognize that God through the Holy Spirit can transform her life and save the life of her unborn child.”
For women who have previously aborted and seeking healing, the center also offers a post-abortion ministry. Counselors work with women to find forgiveness and new beginnings.
Rump says that their biggest need right now is finding the abortion-minded woman.
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“We would like to find donors to fund a Google marketing campaign that would draw women online looking for an abortion to us,” she said. “We know that is the number one method of finding an abortion provider.”