About The HOPE Center

The HOPE Center - Mission Statement

The HOPE Center provides Help, Hope, and Healing to individuals facing pregnancy or relationship issues.

The HOPE Center - Description of Services

Free Pregnancy Testing

A client’s first service provided by The HOPE Center is often a pregnancy test. For positive test clients, we provide Verification of Positive Pregnancy Test forms and encourage early prenatal care. For abortion-vulnerable clients, we provide information about the physical, emotional and spiritual risks associated with abortion and encourage an ultrasound scan to confirm intrauterine pregnancy.

Free Limited Obstetrical Ultrasound

The HOPE Center administers limited obstetrical ultrasounds for the following reasons: to confirm fetal heart rate and viable intrauterine pregnancy, and to help determine the gestational age of the baby. Our hope is to empower all clients to choose life for their unborn babies as we present positive pregnancy options including adoption and parenting

Sexual Integrity Education

Clients who are single and sexually active are presented with sexual integrity education promoting purity and abstinence until marriage as the best and healthiest choice for their future.

Abortion Recovery Ministry (A.R.M.)

The HOPE Center has partnered with Healing Hearts, www.healinghearts.org, to provide support and promote healing for individuals who have experienced previous abortion.

The Healing Hearts study for women “Binding up the Brokenhearted” and its counterpart for men entitled “Wounded Warrior” have been taught to thousands with outstanding results. Not only do individuals receive healing through these studies, but many come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior and are serving Him in various different areas of ministry.

Seeds Thrift Store

The Seeds Thrift Store, a ministry of The HOPE Center, provides support and resources for expectant families during pregnancy and for children until age three. The store is conveniently located next to The HOPE Center off Hwy 92, one block west of I-575, in The Shops at Fowler Crossing on the left before Lowes. Store Hours are Monday-Friday 10-5, and Saturday 10-4.  Donations gladly accepted during business hours. Visit the store’s website.

Educational Programs

  1. Childbirth Preparation classes.
  2. Earn While You Learn (EWYL) – A one-on-one educational program between client and mentor that complements our Childbirth Preparation classes. Clients earn “Mommy Money and Daddy Dollars” to spend in the Seeds Thrift Store.
  3. Discipleship Mentoring – Provided to clients who want to focus on deepening their relationship with the Lord Jesus.
  4. Pre-marital and Marriage Counseling – Offered as a seven-session series that allows content to be customized to the couple seeking to build on God’s plan for marital partnership.

The HOPE Center does not accept government donations. We are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit ministry – totally supported by churches, businesses and individuals for our financial, gifts in kind and volunteer needs.

The HOPE Center - 2018 Governing Board

Bob Edmonds, President

Mary Ann Goulding, Vice-President

Kimberly Joyce, Secretary

Ida Long, Treasurer

Mario Cicciarella, Member


David Hulse, Member

Kristen Sweitzer, Member

Susan Hulse, Member

Cindy O’Leary, Executive Director

Michael J. Litrel, MD, Medical Director


The HOPE Center – Staff

Cindy O’Leary

Executive Director

Samantha Jesse

Center Director

Lori Griffin

Director of Communications

Teresa Willis

Budget & Finance Director

Toni Parsons

Seeds Thrift Store Manager

Emily Bertram

Nurse Manager

Amanda Mullen

ICU Atlanta Operations Coordinator

Maria Douglas

Volunteer Coordinator

Pam Dobson

Training Coordinator

Sylvia Comer

Advocate ICU Atlanta

Alicia Davis

Advocate – ICU Atlanta

Mimi Huminski

Administrative Manager

Deborah Rey

Seeds Merchandising & Promotions

Marlo Brown


Sabrina Dobbs


Fredricka Brown

Sonographer – ICU Atlanta

Lindsay Leith


Kandi Patterson

Community Care Coordinator/Seeds Sales Associate

Tarika Francis

Sonographer, ICU Atlanta

Dani Luyo

Seeds Volunteer & Donations Manager/Advocate, ICU Atlanta

Lisa Crane

Seeds Sales Associate

Jessica Creech

Seeds Sales Associate

Dawn Pierce

Financial Assistant

Catalina Martin