Dear Friends of LifeHouse,

In the spirit of the season, I was recently reminded of the story that Jesus tells of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:

“But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’”

LifeHouse of Houston, in partnership with our supporters, serves as both Samaritan and Innkeeper. We take our role to heart, caring for the young mother-to-be facing an unplanned pregnancy by providing a safe haven for her and her unborn child. Our two homes in southeast Houston provide housing, healing, and hope for the frightened young woman who not only escapes unsafe and unhealthy alternatives, but who will also see and hear the gospel of Jesus Christ every day in a family setting. Two lives, which society often considers burdens or mistakes, are cherished and set apart for a transformed future. We touch the life of each resident, such as Jessica, who lived at LifeHouse earlier this year.

Jessica was 18 when she discovered she was four weeks pregnant. She had nowhere to go after her father kicked her out. Jessica came to LifeHouse as a scared teenager who did not fully grasp her situation. While at LifeHouse, Jessica chose to give her life to Christ. Slowly, everyone around her could see the changes in her heart and in her actions. She initiated healthy communication with her father, as well as the father of her baby, and committed to finishing high school. Her determination paid off, and she graduated with honors. Today, Jessica lives in her own apartment parenting a beautiful boy. She works part-time while continuing her education at San Jacinto College, with the goal of becoming a pharmacist. 

Your support of LifeHouse pays for groceries, toiletries, transportation to and from doctor visits, parenting classes, counseling, and a host of other expenses that make a young woman’s stay at LifeHouse, like Jessica’s, completely free.

As you weigh your end-of-year giving opportunities, please consider the women, babies, and mission of LifeHouse. With a single gift, you join us as Samaritan and Innkeeper, caring for a mother and her unborn child whom the Savior deemed “the least of these.” We need your gifts and welcome your visits to our region’s only residential home for pregnant girls as young as 12 and the adjoining home serving women 18 and older.

Let every heart prepare Him room,

Sue Baumgarten

Executive Director

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