LifeHouse is a Christ-centered ministry ensuring life for unborn children by providing opportunities for housing, help, and hope for women during their pregnancies and beyond.
In the early 1980's, a pastor delivered his final sermon at a community church in a quiet southeast Houston neighborhood. Before moving to a new facility, congregants prayed that God would again use that property for His purposes and glory.
Developers renovated the house of worship into a private residence that eventually fell into the hands of squatters. In 1988, a group of young adults, representing several Houston churches, prayerfully considered creating a safe place for young women experiencing unplanned pregnancies. The group found the now vacant home, a mere two miles away from the largest Planned Parenthood facility in the western hemisphere. A grassroots fundraising campaign yielded enough money to purchase the property and create a shelter for women choosing life for their unborn children. Serendipitously, the residents' now bedroom once served as the church's altar.
Almost 30 years later, LifeHouse continues to change and save lives, two at a time. An additional home adjacent to the original property was purchased in 2007, doubling the number of beds and creating a beautiful campus. Residents arrive at LifeHouse via crisis pregnancy centers, churches, school guidance counselors, family members, or an internet search. Regardless of how God brings them to LifeHouse, each woman is greeted by Christian house parents who care for their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being until she delivers her baby or secures alternate living arrangements.
LifeHouse remains only one of two maternity home's in a 14-county area open to minors as young as 12 years old. All residents benefit from cost-free lodging, meals, pre-natal care, life skills training, counseling, access to work/school, and God's overwhelming love. Life-affirming and life-changing, the ministry marvels at Godʼs faithfulness to an original prayer that, to date, has blessed more than 600 women -- and their unborn children -- with housing, healing and, most of all, hope.