WHO WE ARE:
Dove Medical has served over 43,000 clients in the past 34 years with free pregnancy tests, limited obstetrical ultrasound, decision coaching, prenatal education and referrals, maternity clothes, baby clothes, diapers, post abortion peer support and sexual risk avoidance education in the schools. We currently employ a professional staff in our accredited medical clinic.
DOVE MEDICAL IS A FAITH-BASED, PATIENT-CENTERED ORGANIZATION WHICH ENCOURAGES INFORMED DECISION MAKING ABOUT UNINTENDED PREGNANCY.
IN THE BEGINNING:
It was just a pop-up card table, metal folding chairs and an old telephone. Dove Medical was founded in 1983 by Dan and Sabine Gordon as a crisis pregnancy hotline, known as the “Eugene Pregnancy Hotline” which operated in the office of Eugene Christian Fellowship. It served as a pregnancy crisis hotline for two years. Seeing the need to offer more than phone support, Eugene Pregnancy Hotline opened an office in early 1985 at 336 East 11th Ave. Articles of Organization were filed with the State of Oregon on January 11, 1985. Free pregnancy tests, maternity clothes, baby clothes, and a host of community referrals were offered from the new physical location.
“We had to run to Hirons to purchase a pregnancy test for our first client.”
Jeanie Langley, assistant to the founding director
In November 1985, Eugene Pregnancy Hotline affiliated with the Christian Action Council ‘s network of Crisis Pregnancy Centers. This affiliation provided our center with training, guidance, and legal advice. In 1987, Eugene Pregnancy Hotline changed its name to Eugene Pregnancy Support Center.
In the fall of 1990, Sabine Gordon moved from Center Director to a position on the Board of Directors and Jeanie Langley, her assistant since 1985, became the new Director. Also in 1990, Jeanie and Susie Stream performed our first STOP-AND-THINK® presentation at South Eugene High School. This is our sexual risk avoidance education program.
In the spring of 1991, Eugene Pregnancy Support Center received its 501(c)(3) determination letter granting tax exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. Shortly thereafter, we launched the first Care Net Moms class, born from the need to offer more practical and on-going support to the mother after she makes the decision to carry her baby to term.
TIME FOR CHANGE:
In the fall of 1991, Eugene Pregnancy Support Center changed its name to Lane Pregnancy Support Center to reflect its vision to branch into other areas in of the county.
By 1993, Lane Pregnancy Support Center (LPSC) had outgrown the original location and moved the office to 134 East 13th. In 1994, two new employees were hired to accommodate our rapid growth: a Client Service Director and a Stop and Think® presenter.
In October 1995, LPSC held its first fund-raising banquet. The response was overwhelming, raising $35,000. At this point the ministry was being called in another direction: we decided that we needed to minister to those women who have had abortions and were struggling with the emotional aftermath. After many years of offering one-to-one peer support to post abortive women, in 1996, we held our first Safe Place post abortion support group.
PRESSING ON TOWARD THE GOAL:
In August 2000, we received a grant from the Oregon Department of Human Resources to take our Stop and Think® program statewide. In 2004, our Stop and Think® Program was awarded the SPRANS Grant, making us one of the largest sexual risk avoidance programs in Oregon.
In 2011, LPSC hired two registered nurses to provide professional client care. The nurses were trained by a national organization to perform limited obstetrical ultrasounds.
In early 2012, Focus on the Family awarded LPSC a grant for an ultrasound machine. We started offering free ultrasound scans to diagnose pregnancy and implementing a linear service model featuring decision coaching using the Ottawa Personal Decision Guide. At the same time, construction began on a new facility closer to the university campuses served by LPSC. By July 2013, construction was completed on the new medical clinic. Concurrent with moving, the organization changed its name to Dove Medical and launched a new branding campaign to be more relevant and attractive to our patients.