Judi Hapke is a native of Camp Point, Illinois. She earned a diploma from Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing, St. Louis, Mo.; Bachelor of Science in Medical Arts from the College of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois, and a Master of Arts in Christian Counseling from Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia. Judi and her husband Jerry are the parents of a son, Jon, and daughter, Jennifer, and the grandparents of four year old granddaughter, Ava.
During her tenure as a school nurse at Paul Harding High School, Judi saw many teen pregnancies and realized that these students had spiritual as well as physical needs. Hearing about the newly formed Crisis Pregnancy Center in Fort Wayne, Judi was a member of the first advocate training class in January, 1985. Judi became the Executive Director in July, 1986.
Under Judi’s leadership, A Hope Center grew from a modest office on Wayne Street to five locations throughout Allen County. Services expanded to include free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds for women at risk for abortion, education for both men and women covering relationships, pregnancy, the alternatives to abortion, parenting classes, and the Earn While You Learn approach to offering material assistance. The abortion recovery ministry offered at A Hope Center is regarded as one of the best in Indiana.
A Hope Center has been in the classrooms of high schools in all Fort Wayne Community Schools, East Allen County, Northwest Community, Whitley County and 66% of the private schools in the area. They present a curriculum they developed, Relationships 101. Many hundreds of women, men and their babies have been touched directly and indirectly by the love and support of Judi Hapke. Judi retired from A Hope Center on December 31, 2008.
Judi requests that all glory go to God for provides the highly gifted and committed staff who worked alongside her over the years. Through His people God has prepared countless families to nurture their precious children.
The bio above was submitted at the time of the award presentation.