Monday, 26 October 2020

Indiana Nonprofit Merger Latest in Ongoing Trend

Two Christian nonprofits are joining forces in Evansville, Indiana, combining two long-standing efforts to reach women and families in need, according to a local report.

In the merger, Evansville Christian Life Center is accomplishing its goal of adding a wider range of medical services to its existing suite of free STI testing, ultrasound scanning and pregnancy testing.

Now united under one organization as Evansville Christian Health Clinic, clients of the Life Center now gain access to free medical and dental care Impact Christian Health Center has been offering for 24 years.

“We’re there for each and every stage and every life,” the clinic’s executive director, Gina Gibson, said in a video announcing the merger. “We want to bring this medical care to them in a very respectful way. We’re here to restore people through Jesus Christ.”

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The combination of the two ministry’s services is the most recent in a growing trend of organizations across the U.S. pooling their resources to not only meet women and families in the throes of a crisis pregnancy, but to help address ongoing concerns related to poverty, parenting, health care, and even job readiness.

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Early in 2016, two pregnancy help organizations in Kansas City joined forces to better serve their clientele, which followed news of two life-saving efforts in Colorado teaming up in late 2015.

Another inner-city mission in Columbus, Ohio, also added ultrasound capabilities to its existing repertoire of medical, dental, food pantry and job training services similar to Impact Christian Health Center’s.

Back in Evansville, the newly united organization has plans to re-launch its services under one roof by October.

“We dream of a community with less poverty and stronger families,” Gibson said. “[We] are excited to see how this next step will move our community forward in this direction.”

Jay Hobbs

Part-time thinker, full-time husband, daddy, pastor, and baseball fan, Jay Hobbs served as editor of from its 2015 inception through the spring of 2018. Jay served on staff at Heartbeat International from 2012 to 2018, the last four of those years as Director of Communications and Marketing. Jay's writing has appeared at Newsweek, The Washington Times, The Washington ExaminerThe Federalist, The Daily Signal, The Christian Post, CNS News and The Gospel Coalition, as well as several national pro-life news outlets.

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