About Us


Our Volunteer Team

A well-trained 100% volunteer team is available to serve women over 18 years old. 

Lynn Trogdon, Center Director (far right) joined Abundant Joy in 2012 and became Center Director in August, 2016.

Melinda Orr, Assistant Center Director (center in black sweater) volunteered in summer 2016 and accepted the ACD position in 2017. 


One-on-One Peer Counseling

Would you benefit from talking with a trained peer counseling volunteer who offers listening, prayer and encouragement in a non-judgmental atmosphere? Let's set up a welcome interview and connect you with one of our volunteers.


Our Group Offerings

Often throughout the year, new groups are offered on a variety of topics and Bible studies. Our well-trained group facilitators complete our Basic Peer Counseling Training. We invite no more than eight women to attend each group to promote a safe atmosphere for sharing. 

FAQs about Abundant Joy CWM


Women visit with a variety of issues




Isolation and loneliness


Marital issues


Pregnancy loss

Desire to know the Bible

Transition difficulties


Losses - employment, relationships, or trust


Faith struggles

Sign up now for Winter Groups

Winter Groups are now open for registration. Sign up early as all groups are limited in size to promote comfort and safe sharing. 

Upcoming Volunteer Training

Basic Peer Counseling Training - Do you have a heart for struggling women, love Jesus, and have been told you are a good listener? Contact us to talk about our February 2020 training for peer counseling volunteers and group coordinators.

FAQs about Abundant Joy CWM

How do I schedule an appointment to talk with a peer counseling volunteer?

Our matching process begins with a welcome interview with a member of our client services team to tour the center and complete the paperwork so that we can make a good peer counseling volunteer (CV) match for you,  Call us (919)943-0789 or email abundantjoycwm@gmail.com to schedule an appointment.

How long do counseling sessions usually last?

Each meeting usually lasts one hour. When you are matched with a volunteer, she commits to meet with you for 6 to 12 sessions, depending on your needs and preferences.

Is there a charge when I talk with a volunteer?

No, our services are free of charge. When attending a group, there is a small donation request to cover the cost of the book or materials. Scholarships are available.

Are there other centers like Abundant Joy CWM?

Yes, we are a part of International CWM, a ministry started in 1989 in Bloomington, Indiana. Over 30 centers  - in the US and in several other countries - are under their direction. You may search for other centers at their website - www.cwmhope.org.

Who developed your training curriculum?

Staff at our headquarters in Bloomington, Indiana developed our Basic Peer Counseling Training (BPCT) curriculum with the help of professionals in the Christian counseling arena. Our BPCT is recommended by the American Association of Christian Counselors

Is Abundant Joy CWM a Christian organization?

Yes, Abundant Joy CWM is a Christian 501(c)3 nonprofit ministry. We are interdenominational focusing on the essentials of the Gospel, and have volunteers from over 11 different churches in the Durham/Chapel Hill, NC area.