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Like many women’s health centers, Any Woman Can, located in Stone Oak just across from Cornerstone Church, initially focused on serving those who were pregnant or abortion vulnerable when it opened in August 2013. While the faith-based organization still offers help and hope to women whose pregnancy was unexpected, providing sonograms and testing for pregnancy and STIs (sexually transmitted infections), their scope has expanded to assist women of all ages coping with difficulties – whether a current crisis or previous trauma.
Executive Director Shan Wiley took the helm of Any Woman Can (AWC) just over a year ago, following 16 years as guest relations pastor at Community Bible Church. She considered a position in the secular world, but AWC tugged at her heartstrings.
“I was invited to be a part of Any Woman Can after becoming involved with sisters in Christ who have had abortions. I witnessed the incredible lament, sorrow and depression as a fallout to a “choice” that they made to end their unborn baby’s life. Women need to know that they have a choice. They need to hear about Jesus. I serve on the board of Any Woman Can and I am a first-hand witness of the love that is being poured out through this ministry.” Diana Rosenberger,
Founder, CEO, Trinidad Realty Partners.
“It made my heart melt when I asked the board, ‘What would we do if one of the women we counseled went and had an abortion anyway?’ They said, ‘We tell her we love her, we have counseling, and she is welcome to come back.’ ” Recently, a woman who had two previous abortions came to AWC with another pregnancy and choosing adoption for this baby, Wiley said. “God is in control,” she added. “We are going to love them regardless.”
Wiley has broadened AWC’s services, recruiting licensed counselors who can teach coping skills to help clients recover from past trauma and address depression, anxiety, and abortion.
“God is in control,” she added. “We are going to love them regardless.” “We have a team of six counselors (LPCI’s) and a state supervisor,” she said, “and we opened up the counseling for women for all reasons. We just had an 82-year-old come in for anxiety.”
AWC hopes advocacy and mentoring will help women “go way beyond the crisis,” Wiley added. “That they’ll become closer to Christ and educated enough so they won’t go back to the same old bad choices. One client came in six times for STI testing, and she was positive every time,” Wiley continued. “After the last time, she accepted Christ, broke up with her boyfriend and said she was going to make better decisions. It is a matter of continuing the relationship and helping them feel comfortable enough to come back.”
Bringing Jesus into the equation makes a huge difference. It is apparent that Wiley and her staff love each woman they see. They provide an environment of grace and truth.
AWC counselors ask clients for permission to talk about their religious background, which opens the door for them to talk about Christ. In the last several months, at least 15 professed faith in Christ, including a male UTSA student who was there for STI testing.
“They are not going to come in for Christ – but we are going to show them Christ by providing service and support without judgment and with His love,” Wiley said.
AWC also has reached out to the deaf community in conjunction with Miss San Antonio 2017 Emma Faye Rudkin, an advocate for the hearing impaired.
“The statistics are staggering about how many in the deaf community have been abused as kids, because predators know they can’t communicate,” Wiley said. “Deaf people are the third largest undiscipled group in the world.” AWC has incorporated ASL interpreters so the deaf can come for services.
“No matter what we are facing – God can use that for good and does, if you let him.”
“We want to be there for women at any age or stage in their lives,” Wiley continued. “There’s really no typical client. We’ve had women with a nice amount of income and those who are homeless. Our average age is 22, but many older than 50 are dealing with past trauma.”
She also said clients are increasing – up 16 percent since last year. Wiley attributes the uptick partially to AWC becoming more widely known, but also because STIs are increasing throughout Texas – Bexar County ranks third in the state.
“I challenge every believer to stand for life. We need to take a courageous stance. Strength comes in numbers and we need believers to stand up for the sanctity of life. This is why I am so passionate about the work of AWC. They stand for truth and offer grace to women facing difficult decisions. Please join me in supporting this ministry” Diana Rosenberger,
Founder, CEO, Trinidad Realty Partners.
All services provided at Any Woman Can, including; STI testing, pregnancy testing, sonograms and professional counseling, are FREE to all clients. The ministry is funded by private donors, six faithful churches that undergird with monthly support, and proceeds from several fundraisers. Events like the Designer Purse Bingo held earlier this month and Bexar County’s Big Give in May are helpful, but AWC would benefit from a base of consistent monthly supporters, Wiley said.
She hopes to get the word out to pastors and churches that when a woman needs support, whether she’s pregnant or not, Any Woman Can has kind, loving, trained counselors waiting.
“It’s so important for pastors to know,” she said. “Not all churches have pastoral care or a place to send their women or teens. They can feel comfortable knowing we are a Christ-based center. We are going to love and educate them so they can make the best decisions for their life.”
AWC’s social media presence is growing, with 1300 followers on Facebook and Instagram. Wiley also shares the vision with groups across the city. She offers inspiration and hope – citing examples of women in the Bible with far from perfect circumstances whom God used.
“No matter what we are facing – even if it is cancer or a divorce, God can use that for good and does, if you let Him,” she said.
She was delighted to speak at the Stone Oak Ladies Business Association. “I knew many of them were not Christ followers, but it was an open door to inspire women and then tell my story about how God changed my life to help others.”
Shan Wiley has a calling to help women of all ages and all seasons. Life brings challenges, and people need love and care. You will find plenty of both at Any Woman Can.
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109 Gallery Circle, Suite 115
Open: Mon. - Wed. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thurs. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Fri. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
For more information: (210) 370-3939
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Give. Join the ministry as a consistent monthly contributor and help fuel their ongoing growth. Pray. Lift up the staff at AWC for wisdom and boldness as they counsel and share with women in need of understanding and love. Volunteer. Contact the ministry and find out how you can be involved in changing the lives of women.
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