Hope Services, a local nonprofit organization which operates Roseburg’s N’Lite Women’s Clinic has hired a new executive director whose vision for the group’s future is living by its name — providing more services, and vast amounts of hope for women of Douglas County.
Destiny Molatore has replaced outgoing executive director of Hope Services, Shannon Anderson. Anderson spearheaded the transition the organization made from a pregnancy resource center, formerly Douglas County Crisis Pregnancy Center in 1985 and then later, Hope Pregnancy Center, to a pregnancy medical clinic now known as N’Lite Women’s Clinic.
As a pregnancy care center, the organization offered maternal and infant care services and resources for women such as pregnancy tests and baby items.
In 2013, Hope Services’ board of directors decided to pursue opening a professional medical clinic in order to provide more services by medical professionals under the direction and supervision of a licensed physician.
In November of that year, N’Lite Women’s Clinic was opened under licensed physician, Dr. Mary Powell. N’Lite offers evidence-based medical services and education such as pregnancy testing, ultrasound exams to confirm pregnancy, nursing consultations and community referrals — all free of charge.
The clinic does not perform or refer for abortion, prescribe birth control or perform other reproductive health services such as infertility testing, mammograms or pap smears.
Beyond medical services, the faith-based organization ensures patients will be taken care of emotionally, given practical resources and assistance toward pregnancy options and healthy relationships.
“Our amazing staff truly cares for each person who comes through our doors, and I look forward to being able to offer even more services as we continue to grow,” said Molatore. “We give women the time, space and evidence-based education they need to make informed decisions about their pregnancies. We have an incredibly caring staff.”
The new executive director spent the last year working with Anderson and said she experienced such a “culture of integrity, honor and commitment to excellence.” Molatore plans to keep that culture thriving and build the organization from the foundation that has already been laid.
“My vision for Hope Services includes accreditation for N’Lite Women’s Clinic, a new building and expanded services,” said Molatore.
The nonprofit has been actively preparing for the national accreditation with the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) which would signify that the clinic has met or exceeded nationally recognized standards for quality of care and patient safety.
While pursuing accreditation, the organization has also been growing, making one of its top priorities the finding of a new home. Currently located at 1128 S.E. Stephens St. in Roseburg, Molatore said the nonprofit is actively searching for a building to purchase and renovate, or for land to build so that it can expand services and meet all of the standards for accreditation.
As far as services, Molatore plans to add life coaching, such as counseling on healthy, sexual relationships, as well as more extensive support for women and families after their babies are born.
“I want women in Douglas County to know that they have a safe, compassionate and welcoming place to come free of charge,” Molatore said. “Whether a woman is excited to be having a baby or terrified by the prospect, we are here to help and support her.”
The wife and mother of two has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and said she has always wanted to help people through difficult situations.
“I have also always been passionate about helping people, and women in particular. This position enables me to support women and empower them to make informed decisions about their pregnancies,” said Molatore.
The clinic is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and sees patients by appointment on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
N’Lite welcomes volunteers and currently is seeking nurses. If interested, call the office at 541-672-2609. Hope Services also accepts monetary donations. They can be mailed to P.O. Box 98, Roseburg, OR 97470.