Our History

In July of 1985 Chester County Connect Care (CCCC), formerly Chester County Women’s Services (CCWS), opened its doors to minister and serve the community of Chester County. From the beginning CCCC’s heart has been to save babies and minister to families in need. Over those years, we have been blessed by growth in many areas of our ministry. Amidst all the changes our mission statement has grown with us while at the same time remaining true to the original intent:

We are a pregnancy care medical center that exists to educate and empower
individuals and their families to make life affirming choices.


In the beginning of 1985, founder Barb Willsher began praying with a team of Christian business leaders and local church ministers about opening a crisis pregnancy center.


In July, CCCC opened its doors in Thorndale under the leadership of Barb Willsher.


CCCC moves to a new building in Coatesville, specifically chosen because of its proximity of being across the street from Planned Parenthood.


Debbie Davenport came to CCCC as Client Services Director in March. She launched the “Parenting Program”.


Karen Pennell came as Administrative Director to the center. She served for 9 years total.


The Ministry was offered a brand new Ultrasound machine anonymous donations from the Chester County Prolife Coalition.


CCCC received a brand new ultrasound machine by an anonymous donation from the Chester County Prolife Coalition.

Becoming Medical

CCCC saw its first client as an official medical clinic on May 13th 2003. This change was lead by Dr. Abbott and Dr. Delaney.


Karen Pennell’s role morphed from Administrative Director to Executive Director.


CCCC saw its first client as an official medical clinic on May 13, 2003.  This change was led by Dr. Abbott and Dr. Delaney.


CCCC expanded to a rental property in West Chester on Five Points Road. Karen Pennell, Cindy Bradley and Elvira Gibbs facilitated this expansion.


In November, CCCC purchased the building at 27 S. Church Street. This building is just four blocks from Planned Parenthood. Church Street is a heavily trafficked road used by West Chester University students, city residents and visitors.


Myriam Ruager is hired as Community Health Education Coordinator.


Both centers became focused on reaching the Latino and Hispanic Communities. This goal was supported by Myriam Ruager, a bilingual native of Argentina.


The “Parenting Program” transitioned to “The Family Movement” curriculum.


Myriam Ruager was promoted to Executive Director.

April 2013

CCCC opened its third office in Kennett Square, PA.


CCCC opened its third office in Kennett Square, PA.

Mission Preborn donated a used ultrasound machine for the Kennett Square office in November.


CCCC began offering parenting classes at off-site agencies, including Kennett Square library, Coatesville Kids to College, The Bridge Academy, and The Point in Parkesburg.


CCCC launched a Homeless Prevention Program.


In June, staff was trained in Relationships Under Construction Curriculum, an evidence based Sex Risk Avoidance Training.


In June, the Knights of Columbus Council 11319 donated two brand-new ultrasound machines, one for the Kennett Square center and one for the West Chester center.


Beginning January 1, 2018 William Brown, D.O., a CCCC founding partner, accepted the role as Medical Director in collaboration with Radiologist, Jeffrey Hung, M.D.


In response to CCCC feeling that God was calling them to the front lines, the Church St. property in West Chester was sold on January 30th, and CCCC began a lease at 139 W. Market St. The new property is located just two blocks from the local abortion facility and has a prominent footprint in the community, as it is located on a busy street next to the court house and Crime Victims Center of Chester County, and has a bus stop across the street.


In an effort to provide more support to the families seeking help at CCCC, they created a new position and hired a part-time Family Advocate Coordinator.


In May 2022, CCCC officially changed its name to Chester County Connect Care. The major rebranding and marketing initiative was done to expand our reach to abortion-vulnerable individuals and increase the positive impact that our services have on women, men, and families.

CCCC is in prayer and listening for His word and direction for the ministry. We are continuing to see a great need for the services we provide and we are truly humbled by the responsibility He has trusted us with. We are waiting on the Lord to lead us in new ways in which we can be a blessing to the community in which we serve.