History - Pregnancy Resource Medical Center
“What if our daughters got pregnant and didn’t feel that they could come to us? Where would they go?”
Dolores Wolff and her friends knew that a young woman facing an unplanned pregnancy has a critical decision to make – a decision with a lasting impact on her life as well as the life of her baby. In October of 1981, Birthright of Rosenberg/Richmond was incorporated as a nonprofit corporation in the state of Texas and chartered as an affiliate of Birthright International. The three charter members were Rosalie Byrd, Iris Hrncir, and Dolores Wolff. In its first year, 37 women were served. The following year there were 136 office visits and 80 pregnancy tests.
In 1998, there was a separation from Birthright International and a new affiliation began with Heartbeat International, a nonprofit organization that supports pregnancy centers. Thus, the name changed to “Pregnancy Resource Center of Fort Bend County”.
PRC began with 4 volunteers and continued as an all-volunteer organization for 20 years. In 2001 PRC hired its first paid employee. Over the next 10 years, PRC continued to add staff as the programs and services provided continue to grow and expand.
In addition to the pregnancy test peer counseling, the Learn And Earn Plan program began in 2002 and the Sexual Integrity Program in 2006. The physical location in Rosenberg changed over time as the programs and needs of the center increased. In the early 80’s the initial annual budget was approximately $3,000 with it slowly growing over the years; the 90’s averaging $25,000. In 2005 the PRC’s budget broke the $100,000 mark. Our 2017 PRMC budget has reached over $380,000.00!
In 2007 a second office opened in Sugar Land to expand our services and reach the women in that area of Ft. Bend County. The Board of Directors made the decision to consolidate the two offices and move back to central location in Rosenberg to achieve the goal of becoming a medical center offering limited ultrasounds to our abortion vulnerable and abortion minded clients.
The conversion process took approximately 2 years and by the end of 2012, the Pregnancy Resource Center of Ft. Bend County became the Pregnancy Resource Medical Center. PRMC also grew in volunteers from 4 volunteers in 1981 to 20 Volunteers by the end of 2012. The staff grew to 7 including an Executive Director, Nurse Manager, Assistant Nurse Manager, Executive Assistant/Office Finance Manager, Client Service Director, LEAP Director, and Marketing & Development Director.
November 2017, PRMC is scheduled to move into a new facility, for the first time, owning our own property.
Background on Pregnancy Help Centers:
In the 1960's, extra-marital pregnancies had begun to increase significantly as a result of changing sexual behavior. More and more women were turning to abortion as a "solution" to the problem, and some people began to work toward the repeal of laws against abortion.
In other words, the only solution that seemed to be sought for women in crisis pregnancies was to give them permission to kill their children. Louise Summerhill, of Toronto, Canada, wanted to offer women help to HAVE their babies, to continue their pregnancies in an atmosphere of acceptance rather than condemnation. She founded Birthright International in 1968.
Other centers followed, all having the common goal to offer women the information, practical help, and emotional support they needed to be able to choose to reject the temptation to abort and make a positive choice for life.
Today there are approximately 3000 pregnancy help centers in the U. S. Although public attitudes toward single mothers have become more accepting, abortion is also more accepted as a practical means of dealing with an unplanned pregnancy.
Thousands of women have benefited from the facts and friendship, provided by pregnancy center volunteers, which helped them to reject abortion and choose life for their children.
Facts and Friendship - Speaking the Truth with Love:
The Pregnancy Resource Medical Center of Fort Bend County was originally founded as Birthright of Rosenberg/Richmond in 1981, by several ladies from Holy Rosary Catholic church in Rosenberg. Dolores Wolff was the original director.
In 1983 there were 80 pregnancy tests done, and a total of 136 office visits to our Ave H location. Our annual budget was about $3,000. We later moved to the Fort Bend Office Park in Richmond.
In 1998 we discontinued our affiliation with Birthright International and changed our name to Pregnancy Resource Medical Center of Fort Bend County. We are now affiliated with Heartbeat International.