Ministry Update

Dear Friend Of LifeHouse,

Please join me for a look back at 2015.

Isaiah 12:4

“In that day you will say: Give praise to the LORD, proclaim His name; make known among the nations what He has done, and proclaim that His name is exalted.”

We truly have a good heavenly Father and He was so good to LifeHouse of Houston in 2015. Because of His blessings, we were able to help many pregnant women make good plans for their lives and their unborn children.

LifeHouse is a Christ-centered ministry ensuring life for unborn children by providing opportunities for housing, help, and hope for young women during their pregnancies and beyond. LifeHouse owns and operates two homes that welcome up to 12 total (6 in each home) lonely, scared, and usually desperate pregnant women (ages 12 and up) into a Christian family environment during their pregnancy. A married couple and their children, along with the services of a counselor and social worker, love, care for, and help these pregnant women make plans for their lives and the lives of their unborn babies.

God blessed LifeHouse in 2015 with wonderful financial support from the Houston community and with great staff and volunteers. We were able to serve our community well. We housed 39 women in 2015, up from 35 in 2014 and 19 in 2013. 

Of those 39 women, 22 received the gift of salvation in Jesus Christ while living at the ministry and we are eternally grateful to God for allowing LifeHouse the opportunity to share the good news of the gospel with our residents.

LifeHouse continued to limit its residential housing to pregnancy only, working with each pregnant woman (and the resources in the Houston community) to make a solid long-term plan for her life and the life of her baby. Five of our residents made the courageous plan to parent through adoption in 2015, compared to zero in 2014 and 2013.

In August of 2015, the University of Texas – University Charter School partnered with LifeHouse and opened a charter school on our campus to serve our residents with schooling without having to leave the premises. This is such a benefit for the population we serve and allows girls up to age 26 to get credit restoration and work toward their diploma while living at LifeHouse.

Our non-residential program called “LifeLine” served 100 women in 2015. Many girls in unplanned pregnancies don’t end up living at LifeHouse, but still need help and hope. LifeLine offers counseling and case management services to meet these needs. LifeLine also provides services to LifeHouse alumni for up to two years post partum, in addition to hosting two events each year for these past residents.

Purposefully staying “on mission” provided the clarity the ministry needed to move into the future. Working with community partners like the Houston area pregnancy resource centers, as well as schools and churches, highlighted that the need for LifeHouse is vital for our city and for the Kingdom.

Because every life has intent and purpose,

Sue Baumgarten

Executive Director