History

Our Story

our_story_picIn 1986, Eli and Bonnie Whitney had a vision to start a hotline for women in unplanned pregnancies. They trained volunteer peer counselors to help women talk through their decisions, provide them with accurate information and hope for their future. They presented it to a men's group, and the seed money was raised in that one morning. They called the first 24-hour phone line, Hopeline. The need for office space and a place to meet the women in person surfaced quickly. The first office opened in Bridgeport and was named Hopeline Women's Center, Inc. They offered free pregnancy tests, options counseling, baby clothes and resources for moms in need in addition to the  24-hour hotline. In 2007, Hopeline converted to medical services offering ultrasounds in Danbury, and in 2010 in Bridgeport, and opened in Stamford in 2015. Today, Hopeline is still carrying on the original mission to reach women in unplanned pregnancies, offering them words of hope for their future.