For almost 30 years Center for Women's Ministries Inc. (CWM) has been providing free para-professional one-on-one counseling for women ages 13 and up.

In most communities there are a variety of social services ready to help needy men, women and children with their physical needs — like food, clothing and sometimes emergency shelter. But, what about emotional well-being? 

For almost 30 years Center for Women’s Ministries Inc. (CWM) has been providing free para-professional one-on-one counseling for women ages 13 and up. What started in Indiana has grown into an international organization with centers spreading across the world. Heart to Heart CWM is one of those centers established in Camdenton in 2015.  Heart to Heart CWM is a nondenominational, nonprofit, organization that focuses on the emotional and spiritual well-being of ladies 13 and up in the Lake community. Made up of all volunteers, services include one-on-one counseling, support groups, workshops and Bible studies.  Director Vicky Maerz says their goal is to help women struggling to cope with different situations in life.

“Whether it be addiction, depression, divorce, grief, loneliness, marriage issues, empty nest or self-esteem issues we exist for all ladies here at the Lake,” she said. All services are free. The only thing that might cost a participant is the price of a workbook/materials for one of the support groups.

While Heart to Heart is a faith-driven organization, Maerz says that clients do not have to have a church affiliation and all women in need are welcome. 

Clients are matched up with volunteers who might be able to relate to their situation, having had their own similar life experiences and gone through similar issues. Volunteers are well trained, but not professionals. Once a client is beyond Heart to Heart’s scope of training they are referred on to a licensed professional.