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GREENVILLE, Ky. (07/07/15) – This week the Greater Muhlenberg County Chamber of Commerce and KenCo News are partnering to feature Pathway of Hope as our weekly Business Spotlight.

Pathway of hope originally began in 2004. This organization is a pregnancy resource center, and holds the status of a 501c3 Non-profit Organization.

Pathway of Hope has made a major impact on the area over the past 11 years. The Director, Diana Willis Anderson, is a native of Muhlenberg County. Diana is wife to Eric Anderson, also a Muhlenberg native, and mom to two daughters, Sarah Yancey and Jessica Anderson. Diana also is Grandma to two granddaughters. Diana attends Second Baptist Church in Greenville and has solid Christian morals.

When asked how she got started with Pathway of Hope, Diana stated, “It is a God thing how I came to this position. For almost 2 years I prayed about doing something different and felt lead to work with women in counseling. One day a friend from Madisonville called and invited me to the Door of Hope Banquet. From the very first word spoken my heart was pierced to get involved. I even filled out a card to go back and volunteer for them. The next week my friend called and said that the Central City pregnancy center was having a training to counsel. I had plans and was too busy to get involved, but God would not let me rest. The next week I went and let the ladies at the Pathway of Hope know that I was interested in volunteering. Andrea Hildebrant was the director at that time. She asked if I "would be interested in working with women and counseling". Two weeks later I got a call to come and volunteer and was unable to that day. Two weeks later Andrea called me and said "I think God has brought you here to take my place. I am a mom of two young boys and have felt he wants me to be home with them. I have been praying for God to send my replacement and I think that may be you!" I was in awe and she said she would train me. So that began my journey with Pathway of Hope. I filled out the application for Executive Director and went through the interview process. I was hired and began 10 year ago this week. Hard to believe how time flies!”

As for the services that Pathway of Hope provides, it is a pregnancy resource center and offers free and confidential services to all who come to it. Pathway also offers factual information to help those who are struggling with an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy to make life affirming choices.

“We provide diapers, wipes and clothing for children, free car seats upon completion of 12 parenting classes called Earn While You Learn, baby food and formula and other baby items as they are available,” said Mrs. Anderson. “We offer peer counseling and provide Post-abortion recovery through a study called ‘Surrendering the Secret.’ We work with the court system and social services for ‘at risk’ parents by offering them a series of parenting classes related to current issues which they struggle with. We work with the UK extension office through a grant program to offer Nutrition classes for our families. We work with SOAR to encourage and increase literacy with our families by encouraging them to read to their child 15 minutes a day even while pregnant. We offer a Ready for Kindergarten class for ages Birth-1 and 2-3 year old children and their parents. We work to educate parents in every way we possibly can to be the very best parent they can be. We collaborate with other agencies and organizations in the community to help our clients get their needs met.”

Pathway has recently dealt with and attempted to meet the needs of over 1150 client families from Muhlenberg and surrounding counties.

“It has just grown and grown as needs have arisen,” commented Mrs. Anderson. “Word of mouth and minimal advertising are how people know about the services we offer. We also speak every chance we get to make others in the community aware of what we do. We do what we do solely based on the generosity of churches, individuals and businesses in this community. We do not take state and federal funding. We are not run by any particular church. This ministry is ecumenical in nature. Seeking to meet the needs as God sends them here...one individual at a time.”

Traveling back through time, citizens will find that Rita Dukes-Smith was the visionary for Pathway of Hope. She formed a steering committee that met and prayed and prepared a board to oversee the operations of this ministry.

When questioned regarding the future of Pathway, Mrs. Anderson said, “Future plans for Pathway of Hope are the God-size dream of purchasing our building that we have been blessed with "rent free" for the past 4 1/2 years. We hope to be able to purchase it "debt free" by the end of our lease agreement this December 31, 2015. We are always looking for individuals and groups to partner with us in this endeavor. We would love to be able to install a wheel chair lift to allow access to our upper floor for our handicap as well as very pregnant clients in the near future.”

“Our goal is to help individuals and families who find themselves in a place of uncertainty to have hope and know that there is a safe place to go to talk, get assistance and needs met,” said Mrs. Anderson. “We want to help those who are struggling with an unplanned or unwanted pregnancies know that abortion is not the only option. We help with creating adoption plans and getting the individuals plugged in with adoption agencies and attorneys. We want women and men who have been faced with the tragedy of abortion to find healing and hope through a post abortion Bible study called ‘Surrendering the Secret’.”

Pathway of Hope is located at 114 Court Street in Greenville. They are open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 AM-4:30 PM and by appointments other times. The Phone number is 270-377-0045.

On behalf of Pathway of Hope, Mrs. Anderson expressed wishes to release the following announcements to our local community.

On September 19th, Pathway will be having their very first WALK FOR LIFE. Pathway of Hope is looking for individuals, businesses and groups to form teams to walk to help raise money for the ongoing work at Pathway of Hope.

Another upcoming event is on November 5th. Pathway will be having their annual Fundraising Banquet. Gianna Jessen will be their featured speaker. Ms. Jessen is a phenomenal woman with a spirit of boldness and a powerful testimony. Tickets for this event will be on sale the first of August.

The Greater Muhlenberg Chamber of Commerce and KenCo News are very honored to have this amazing organization as part of our local community, and as part of the Chamber. We would like to thank Mrs. Anderson for all her hard work and dedication to our local citizens. She has impacted so many lives.

Information provided by Diana Anderson
Posted by J.L. Graham
KenCo News