The Pregnancy Crisis Center is a nonprofit, nonsectarian, non-political community service. We offer free confidential services to help prospective mothers and their babies, regardless of marital status, religion, race, or sexual orientation.
Our mission is simple. We help pregnant women have the opportunity to choose life for their babies. With a "Love First" approach, we strive to show mothers their own intrinsic worth and value so they are able to see the worth and value in the life they are carrying. We encourage them to finish their education and acquire job skills so they will ultimately achieve self-sufficiency.
All of our services are provided at no cost. We are not supported by any local, state, or federal funding. We are 100% funded by individuals, churches, organizations and businesses.
Meet The Team
In 1973, after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion, Mary Wallis, RN, placed an ad in the Daytona Beach News Journal - "Pregnant Need Help? Call Mary Wallis, RN". In 1989, when phone calls exceeded 100 per month, Mary recruited Beverly Strott (former counselor with Birthright in Ohio) and Bunny Rock (president of Volusia County Right to Life). Together, the three met to pray and discuss the creation of the first Pregnancy Crisis Center in Volusia County. With the help of Tina Favis, Dr. Margaret Crossman, volunteer lay-counselors, churches, organizations, businesses and individual donors, the Center was opened on March 1, 1989.
Joanne is passionate about family and the role of motherhood. Her career has been full of opportunities to live this passion. Her roles as a parenting educator, care coordinator, and adoption case manager prepared her for her "best job ever" with the Pregnancy Crisis Center. She feels immensely humbled and blessed to get to carry on the legacy of our founders. She thanks God everyday to have been chosen to do this work, at this Center, with the most amazing team of volunteers and supporters.
Our volunteers have been the foundation of the Pregnancy Crisis Center for more than three decades. As the hands and feet of Jesus, each one brings unique life experience, perspective, and gifts that are necessary to reach the vulnerable mothers whom the Center serves. Their faithful commitment to share "Love First" with our moms and babies changes hearts and saves lives every day.
"Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are His body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours."
~ Teresa of Avila
In January 2020, when Cindy first visited the Center, she was seeking a volunteer opportunity with an organization that she felt did important work. As a teen, she helped in caring for babies and young children whom her family fostered. This early experience created in her a heart for moms and babies and a desire to make a difference with one-on-one contact. So, when she stepped into the Little White House for the first time, she knew she had come to the right place.
As frequent donors of the Center, the family matriarch, Grace, would personally deliver baby supplies to the Little White House. As a certifying doula with a love of babies and a strong belief in the sanctity of life, she felt a growing desire to become more actively involved. Grace joyfully served as a volunteer counselor and her husband and children helped with several projects around the Center until their move out of state in 2020. Distance has not diminished their role, however. They continue to serve as prayer warriors and help with our social media and video production.
Simply put, Dianne’s reason for volunteering at the Center is her “love of God” and “love of babies”! Growing up in a large family of 10 children, she has developed a tremendous knack for organization. When she first came to inquire about a volunteer opportunity, the Center was in great need of some more effective organization of material donations and she was happy to immediately jump in to help. She appreciates being allowed to serve in the Little White House.
A mother of 5 herself, Maggie has always had a passion for all things motherhood and family. After watching the movie “Unplanned” she felt a strong call to minister to vulnerable mothers in a more personal way. She did some research on pregnancy centers in the community and felt a strong draw to the Love First philosophy of the PCC. She is grateful for her role here and for the opportunity for her children to be involved through various Center projects. Her personal mission has truly become a family affair.
Since her retirement, Mary Lou found that she had some extra time on her hands and wanted to do something worthwhile. Her experiences growing up in a large family, as well as raising her own children and enjoying her grandchildren have instilled in her a great appreciation for the gifts of motherhood and family. She feels blessed to be able to impart her passion for family on to the sweet mommas who walk through the doors of the Little White House.
It was during a fun “girls’ day out”, at the 2019 PCC Volunteer Recognition Luncheon & Fashion Show, that Michele had her first experience with PCC. Newly retired and new to the area, she was seeking out ways in which she could become more involved in the community. With a heart for helping others, she found herself drawn to the mission and philosophy of the Center. Her role as counselor, ministering to moms and babies, has added a deeper sense of fulfillment in her retirement.
Nieves, with her husband, three young daughters, and elderly mother moved to the United States from Madrid, Spain in late 2018. While laying down roots for herself and her family, she had a burning desire to serve her new community helping moms & babies by sharing love and encouragement. As Nieves ministers to our moms and babies, the Center has given her a place and a purpose in her new country. In addition to serving as a volunteer (Spanish-speaking) counselor, Nieves also serves as Vice President & Secretary of our Board of Directors.
Olga moved from Botswana, Africa in 2015. When she became pregnant in 2017, without the love and support of family and friends, she was overcome with loneliness and fear. As a black woman and mother, she is passionate about walking beside other mommas who are in need of direction and support. The Center has given her a place to share her own difficult experience and the lessons learned in order to alleviate the fear and loneliness in other moms.
Newly retired from a career working in an OB/GYN office, pondering “what next”, Patti was contacted by someone from the Center regarding a volunteer opportunity. During her time at the doctor’s office, Patti often wished she could do more to help those pregnant moms who were hurting and scared. She was excited to now have the opportunity to serve these moms in a more personal, hands-on way. Today, she is so thankful to have found a new purpose in life within the walls of the Little White House.
Shana, her husband and young daughter, moved to this area from another state in 2017, while she was (very) pregnant with her second child. The Center provided much needed baby items and community resource information. After a most traumatic delivery, she maintained connection with the Center as a source of support and encouragement. Through her own healing, she quickly transitioned from client to mentor to counselor to PCC’s “jack-of-all-trades”. The Center has become a home away from home for her entire family.
In addition to serving as a volunteer counselor, Tara serves as our Registered Nurse, signing the Proof of Pregnancy documentation for all of our moms. (This documentation is required for insurance coverage during pregnancy.) Sensing a strong need to be of service within the community, coupled with her own personal experiences as a young woman, she is grateful for the opportunity to share wisdom and love with the families the Center serves.