Cinny Roy, MA, LPCC-S, founded Eve Center in 2004, and now serves as business development director.
What led you to establish Eve Center?
In the summer of 2002, I was working on my master’s degree in counseling and had a year to go. I talked with God and said, ‘There must be a way for wise women to provide counsel from their life walks without becoming clinical therapists!” My God-given desire was to develop a paraprofessional model to train Jesus-following women who would provide biblically based counsel. I soon found a model, took the training and brought it back to Cincinnati.
What did the ministry look like then?
We opened our doors in 2004 with 11 clients and the first group of trained Volunteer Peer Counselors (VPC). To this day I encourage our VPCs and other volunteers to share with others where they came from, what God has done, and how they are doing now. That comes from my own transparency about my life mess and how Jesus turned it into His glory.
How is Eve Center different now from what you expected it to be?
God gave me the vision, I accepted the call, and He has grown it as only God can. Any vision keeper knows that God is doing something and that she is along for the ride of her life. In 2017 over 900 new women participated in one-to-one peer counseling, topical book studies and recovery groups at Eve Center. It is so far beyond anything I “saw” years ago.
What has been your biggest challenge in your work with Eve Center?
Balancing love and time with family with passion and drive for the vision. In fact, that’s something I talk about in a book I wrote calledFrom Clouds to Concrete: Starting and Leading a Christian Nonprofit.
Tell us a little bit about your family.
I have an amazing husband, Bruce, who has been my partner through all of it. We have three incredible grown children scattered in three states. My mother, who is now 87 years old, was an original VPC. My father was a Jesus follower and pastor. His example has been my model.
Do you have a “hidden talent”?
I don’t hide anything…everyone knows WAY too much about me as it is!
What is something you enjoy doing with friends?
Hearing how Jesus got hold of them.
What is something you are really looking forward to or excited about?
Developing new locations for Eve Center, and writing new recovery group materials.