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Intentionally-set fire won’t stop the mission of Women’s Care Center in Peoria

Local and state fire inspectors examine the damage from an early morning fire May 3 at the Women’s Care Center, 7319 N. University in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Our doors are open. We just don’t have any doors.”

That’s how Connie McClure, director of client care at the Women’s Care Center in Peoria, assured a shocked pro-life community that the pregnancy center’s mission continues despite an early morning fire on May 3 that gutted its facility at 7319 N. University St.

Fire investigators have determined the blaze was deliberately set and initial damage estimates are $250,000.

Despite their sadness, the leadership and staff of the Women’s Care Center responded to the setback with resolve, hope, and gratitude for community support.

“The community that brought us here is embracing us and will bring us to the next best location, and hopefully we can love and serve even more clients wherever we land for good,” said Christine Dennis, who founded the Peoria center in 2013 and currently serves as vice president of its board of directors.

“We are just overwhelmed with the generosity of this community and the love and support they have expressed to the Women’s Care Center and the work we do,” added McClure. “That has really bolstered us up.”


The Women’s Care Center in Peoria is an independent licensee of a pro-life organization embracing 33 such centers in 11 states. Women’s Care Centers provide free, confidential counseling, support and education for pregnant women. Free pregnancy testing and ultrasounds are offered.

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