Dear peoria rescue family,

Sound the trumpets! We have exciting news to share!  After much prayer, the decision has been made to change the name of our pregnancy & parenting services center.  Now, instead of being known as the Women’s Pregnancy Center, this important area of ministry will be referred to as the Empower Life Center.

Let me explain a couple reasons why we felt this change was needed and why we chose the name “Empower Life Center”.

Lately, we have noticed confusion within the community regarding our identity amongst the other “women care centers”.  Many have also confused us with the abortion clinic which is under a similar name. 

In recent years, it has been our heart’s desire to expand our services in order to minister to men as well as women.  We’re excited to now host a weekly class for dads, as well as offer mentoring for dads, and STI testing for men.  The name change helps us communicate that our services are not limited to just women.

The name change had input from our clients!  Those that have been with us for years, new clients, women, and men gave valuable input to the importance of what our name speaks to our clients about us.  As one female client explained, “I like the name because I feel like I have been empowered to be a good mom.”  And a male client expressed that the new name “makes me feel included and that the services are not just for women.”  

It is our desire to empower them to make healthy life decisions – physically, mentally, emotionally, and most importantly spiritually. We want to empower them to choose life and know life abundant.

We are very excited for the future God has for His ministry at EMPOWER Life Center. We would appreciate your prayers for those He will be entrusting to our care. Thank you for your support of God’s ministry to women, men and ultimately families.  May He be glorified at EMPOWER!


With Joy,


Julie Philyaw
Women’s Ministry Senior Director
Peoria Rescue Ministries