Two women have heeded God's call and are the backbone of Pregnancy Ministries, Inc., Pregnancy Resource Center, which recently moved to a new location in Greencastle.


Two women have heeded God's call and are the backbone of Pregnancy Ministries, Inc., Pregnancy Resource Center, which recently moved to a new location in Greencastle.
Tina Nunemaker, center director, and Pat Wingert, Abortion Recovery Director, guide the mission of PMI locally. The donation-funded organization states it is "a Christ-centered ministry committed to applying and proclaiming the Gospel by demonstrating the love of Christ and upholding the sanctity of human life by providing education and assistance in the areas of pregnancy, post-abortion trauma and sexual abstinence until marriage."
In March the office moved to 501 S. Cedar Lane, behind the grassy field of the Rescue Hose Company Special Events Center. Since November 2006 the center was located in the offices of Dick, Stein, Schemel, Wine and Frey on North Carlisle Street.
"That was wonderful," said Nunemaker. "We were able to start to connect with the community and offer our services."
In August of last year, John Helfrick, president of Precision Manufacturing and Engineering, told the PMI staff the Lord was calling him to provide a larger space for them. He and vice president Brian Harbaugh showed them the 1800 square feet available. They then tailored the space to fit the needs.
"It's a real blessing to us," Nunemaker concluded. PMI now has offices for the two women, a reception and waiting area, kitchenette, storage room for client supplies, two counseling rooms, and closet areas for baby furniture and clothing. The outside entrance was dressed up for a welcoming look.
The Greencastle facility now matches that of PMI's other offices in Chambersburg, Waynesboro and Shippensburg.

Services

The Pregnancy Resource Center provides confidential pregnancy tests and confirmed proof of pregnancy, often needed by women who are uninsured or underinsured, as they make appointments with physicians or social services.
"We provide it free as a community service," Wingert said.
Whatever the result of the test, PMI can assist the women as they figure out what to do if the pregnancy is unplanned or difficult. They can receive information on prenatal care and earn points for free cribs, car seats, formula and other necessities by attending educational sessions and showing up for medical appointments. Parenting support is ongoing as long as clients choose to visit the center, often until their children are two years old. A sexual integrity program teaches how love, life and legacy are influenced by choices.
Clients are referred to the Chambersburg office for ultrasounds, overseen by PMI's medical director, Dr. Carla Lohman.
"If a woman doesn't carry to term, we always let them know they will never find judgment here," continued Wingert. "We only offer love and support and open arms."
She is the leader for Pure Grace 101, which offers a spring and a fall 11-week Bible Study that concludes with a three-day healing weekend for women who have undergone abortions.
"It's amazing to see the women captive and hopeless and in despair, being able to become totally free and released. Some of them didn't ever think they could be again who they were before, after their abortion, including me. The world can say it doesn't hurt people. We know it does. We see it and the effects."
She believes God is redeeming her past by allowing her to make something beautiful come from the ashes of her bad choices.
Nunemaker has been involved with PMI, first in Waynesboro, since 2003.
"I've always been drawn to pregnancy centers since I was a teen," she said. "I have a passion to work with women and children. It's a good fit."
Her husband Lee is youth director at Otterbein United Brethren Church and their children are Daniel 12, Josiah 10, Nathan 5 and Isaac 1.
Wingert has been involved for over a decade. She and her husband Larry are empty nesters with grandchildren, and she is also active at Otterbein. She uses the word 'passionate' to explain her devotion to her work too.
They are joined by a steady cadre of volunteers: Edna Hammond, JoAnn Lopez, Susan Fahrney, Ev Myers, Charlotte Elliott, Arlene Knight and Margaret Agha.

Events

PMI relies on donations from individuals, churches and businesses. It also conducts several fundraisers per year. A Walk for Life is each June and the main event, a fall banquet, is in October. This year Ryan Dobson, son of Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family fame, will be the guest speaker. The dinner will be Oct. 8 at Green Grove Gardens and more information will follow on obtaining tickets.
The Greencastle office is open Mondays 2 to 8 p.m., Tuesdays 5 to 8 p.m. and Thursdays 9 a.m. to noon. All services are free and confidential. The phone number is 597- 2447.
The next Pure Grace 101 starts in September. Anyone interested may call Wingert at 372-2845.
PMI's website is pregnancyministries.org and it also has a page on Facebook.