2023 Annual Report
The word most frequently used to describe Jesus is compassion. We do our work by entering people’s lives with love and understanding. There is nothing they need to do to earn our compassion and nothing they can do to lose it.
We believe that every person conceived is created in the Image of God. We seek to be a living witness to that truth and live that conviction in a way that lifts burdens in the lives of the people we serve.
Jesus- Centered Transformation
We believe that true transformation is centered on the person and work of Jesus Christ. We seek to infuse every part of our work with this core conviction.
First Image is a network of three life-affirming, pregnancy and women’s health clinics in the Portland Metro area. We are compelled by the love of Jesus Christ to empower women facing an unexpected pregnancy to make life-affirming choices by offering compassionate care, information, and medically professional pregnancy and women’s health services.
Meant for Good
This past year, the truth found in Genesis 50, that God can bring about beauty from ashes and use what was meant for evil for good, has encouraged us here at First Image.
May 5th, 2022
On May 5th, 2022, we experienced the first attack at one of our clinics. This incident was the first major act of vandalism reported in the country after the Dobbs leak. People from all over the country, and in our own community, poured out encouragement and generosity in response.
June 10th, 2022
On June 10th, 2022, our Gresham clinic was firebombed. The building was destroyed by fire and smoke. Our community, and people across the country, gave generously to ensure that when it reopened, the clinic would be everything we wanted it to be.
It took many hands and 15 months to rebuild but on September 10th, 2023, we celebrated the reopening of the Gresham Ava Health clinic!
June 27, 2022
The Monday after Dobbs was decided, a group of about 50 Antifa protesters came to our headquarters, heavily tagged the building and broke out windows on the Hinson Church offices. By 10am the following morning, our incredible community had covered all of the graffiti.
You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive as they are today. So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones. – Genesis 50:20-21
Caring for Abortion-Minded Women
An Interview with Rachel Wilson
What works about this updated
process and why are we doing it to reach
This updated process works because we’re focused on a compassionate offering of information. Instead of a potential patient going down the internet hole trying to find out answers, it’s a space for her to come and ask questions, be heard, and to be offered true information and a loving space. The experience of being in those clinics is part of what works. It is a very sweet space and feels calming. We try to help her make the best decision she can, and the fact that we talk about all three options (abortion, adoption, and parenting) helps her feel she can ask questions. However, a lot of her processing is going to happen once she leaves. We tell her that we know she may come in here with one plan, but everything can change!
How does this improve upon previous
processes we had in the clinics?
One of the common phrases we use is that it’s a “problem-oriented process” rather than a “patient-oriented process.” Before, we used to follow her wherever she wanted to take it, which led to some very long appointments. For anyone who finds out they’re pregnant in unexpected times, their emotions are all over, and we’re just trying to be steady and help be with her in that. This way, we’re facing a problem, and we see how we can help her with that problem, rather than chase the emotional roller coaster. This is the problem: you’re pregnant and you’re not sure you want to be. To address that problem, there’s only so many things that you can do at this point.
It feels comforting when you’re overwhelmed to know that there are literally only three options. The patient and staff member are, together, trying to figure out the problem, rather than us chasing the patient all over. Of course, we’re still patient-centered care and we want to care for them holistically. When we make follow-up calls, the patient remembers their general good experience, that she felt cared for, she was listened to, and that she has information to make a good decision. This is exactly our goal.
In the chain of support for an unexpected pregnancy, where do we fit in?
Once we give them initial testing and information, if they’re going to carry, we want to get them to a provider as quickly as possible. We serve as the gap between their immediate mindset after finding out they are pregnant, and going to their provider to care for them and their pre-born child.
A Whole New Clinic
You gave over $100K
toward rebuilding the
Though we were all heartbroken over the destruction and disruption of our services for over a year, the Gresham fire allowed us to rebuild the clinic, going far beyond the complete remodel we had initially intended. Seeing the clinic burnt and gutted gave us the space and time to imagine things we wouldn’t have considered otherwise.
In September of 2023, we gathered to celebrate the reopening. The building is now warm and welcoming, with enhanced safety and security and the capacity to offer even more medically professional services to those in Gresham who are most at risk for abortion.
We continue to have an opportunity to be a living witness to God’s vision for life in all that we do and say.
Last year $3,134,083 was given by individuals, churches and organizations like yourselves.
*Top four boxes are data from Jan – Dec 2022
**Lower four boxes are data from Aug 2020 – Aug 2023
Thank you for partnering with us in gospel work!
We are so thankful for compassionate people motivated by the love of Jesus Christ, generously giving to make this kind of work possible.
Good Shepherd Community Church
Southwest Hills Baptist Church
Rolling Hills Community Church
Athey Creek Christian Fellowship
New Hope Community Church
River West Church
Harvest Community Church
Clackamas Bible Church
Portland Christian Center
Hinson Memorial Baptist Church
First Orthodox Presbyterian Church
Damascus Community Church
Grace Community Church
Wood Village Baptist Church
Woodstock Bible Church
Tri-City Baptist Temple
Meadow Springs Community Church
Door of Hope
Open Door Baptist Church
Cedar Mill Bible Church
Southwest Bible Church
Lynchwood Church of God
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
Calvary Baptist Church
Grace and Truth Bible Church of Hillsboro
Lighthouse Community Church
Powellhurst Baptist Church
GracePointe Milwaukie Church
Calvary Chapel Worship Center Hillsboro
The Gathering Community Church
Reformation Covenant Church
Calvary Chapel Southeast
Bethany Bible Church
Hope International Baptist Church
Bethany Baptist Church
Old Town Forest Grove
East Hill Church
Bible Church of Dilley
Spring Mountain Bible Church
Trinity Community Church
Evergreen Presbyterian Church
Valley View Evangelical Church
Willamette Christian Church
Helvetia Community Church
Hillside Christian Fellowship
Westgate Baptist Church
Calvary Chapel of Gresham
Dayspring Christian Fellowship
Ascension Lutheran Church
Household of Faith – Hillsboro
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
Shepherd’s Gate Church
Troutdale Community Church
Happy Valley Baptist Church
Woodland Park Baptist Church
Grace Christian Fellowship – FMC
Sunnyside Community Church
Grace United Reformed Church
New Life Community Fellowship
Calvary Chapel Hillsboro
Door of Hope Northeast
Peninsula Open Bible Church
First Baptist Church of Gresham
Grandview Baptist Church
Laurel Community Church
St. Henry Catholic Church
Beaverton Christian Church